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Entire film should be given to one composer: Anu Malik

Composer Anu Malik, who’s returned with Babli Badmash in Shootout At Wadala, believes giving complete film to one composer maintain single stream of thought. Anu also reveals that he will be composing music for JP Dutta’s Border sequel.

bollywood Updated: Apr 02, 2013 15:49 IST
Nirmika Singh

Composing a super hit tune is, apparently, no big deal for Anu Malik. And although we haven’t heard much from him in the past few years (his last memorable soundtrack was for Main Hoon Na in 2004), the composer plans to turn things around with his new item number, Babli badmaash in Shootout At Wadala.

You haven’t been composing a lot lately. How did this song happen?
Yes, I have been extremely busy with the reality shows I’ve been judging — Indian Idol and Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. So a little while ago, Sanjay Gupta approached me and said ‘I want to take you out of your self-imposed exile.’ He asked me if I could come up with a chartbuster for his film. While he was briefing me about the project, I visualised Priyanka’s face and thought, ‘She’s a talented actress and a good dancer. But she’s also bubbly and a little badmaash (naughty). So I put these words together and started humming a tune. Sanjay liked it instantly.

The best thing about the song is that it has clean lyrics. It’s easier for an item number to catch on if it has vulgar lyrics and innuendos. But for a number to become a hit without all that is a quite an achievement.

The song is inspired by disco music from the ’80s. Tell us more about it.
Yes, because the movie is set in that decade, the song had to reflect the music of that time. I couldn’t have created a contemporary R&B or house track, you know. To get the exact feel of the music, I’ve used an extensive horn section for it that includes trumpets, trombone and the French horn. With this song, RD Burman meets Feroz Khan meets Anu Malik!

Unlike in the past, these days, a lot of filmmakers prefer to rope in many composers to work on a single soundtrack. Do you think that this takes away from seamless style that one composer can lend?
Honestly, I feel that the entire film should go to one composer. It helps maintain single stream of thought. But having said that, I’m glad that Sanjay Gupta offered me this project.

What other projects are you working on currently?
Things have been very exciting. JP Dutta just called up and asked me to compose for Border 2. In this signature style he said ‘Hi Anu, we’re on.’. He’s also planning Border 3 and 4 in the future. Also, I will be part of Feroz Nadiadwala’s new film.