Dhruv Dhalla, best known for his madcap chartbuster Punjabi songs, Chak de phatte... (Khosla Ka Ghosla) and Jugni... (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!), has done something wacky again with the music of Tere Bin Laden. Since the film is a tongue-in-cheek comedy, Dhalla, who has composed the background score, has used influences from the music of cartoons like Tom And Jerry and Pink Panther.
"We wanted to give the film a light-hearted, fun tone, and the background score had to co-relate," says Dhalla, "So, I turned to cartoons for inspiration. I have used elements such as the jazz and the blues to come up with a quirky flavour. He says that there’s a lot of saxophones and sliding guitars, along with dholaks (drums), since the film is based in rural Punjabi Pakistan."
Hindi band Euphoria’s ex-keyboard player, Dhalla extended the animation concept to one of the songs. The opening tune of ‘Shor sharaba...’, sung by Suraj Jagan, draws from the sounds of the video game, Pac Man. "I love Pac Man and wanted to experiment with its sound within the space of a Bollywood song," he says. "The main song is a groovy dance number, with intermittent twists of Pac Man."
Dhalla, who trained at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, US, has two other releases this year — Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene and Knock Out. There’s also Parvin Dabas’ directorial debut.