On Sundays, he prefers not to work. It’s never a Herculean task to find
Vishal Dadlani in the right mood to jazz up a conversation. I turn on the dictaphone to ask:
Tell me about third Pentagram album.
The response is positive. We’re performing at a lot of places in and outside Mumbai. We have a video on air on VH1. There are two more in the pipeline.
We may play at the Hard Rock café next week. We’re also planning to organise a one-day festival where we’ll play with 12 other bands from the country towards the end of April.
That’s quite a lot of activity, right?
Are you equally active on film music?
Certainly. Shekhar and I have almost completed work on Farah Khan’s
Om Shanti Om.
She’s the coolest filmmaker. Then, there’s
, a Yashraj project directed by Victor Acharya. There’s
Tara Rum Pum
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom...
I’ve sung one song each for these. There’s loads happening on the film scene but slowly and steadily.
Were you happy with the response for Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd?
Absolutely happy. Sajnaji vari vari is a smash hit. A few weeks ago I visited Delhi with my Pentagram group.
The Parikrama boys told me they loved the music. It came as a pleasant surprise because it came from a rock band. The film has done decent business everywhere. The music has done exceptionally well.
What makes a team click?
It’s always beneficial to work in a team. You can experiment more, brainstorm better. The key ingredient is to maintain a level of understanding and mutual respect.
It’s got to be fun to work with one another. The day you feel you’re dragging yourself to work, you know you’re not enjoying the experience. It’s time to call it quits. A team like Jatin-Lalit that had been together for donkey’s years but once the team spirit goes out, its always better to split peacefully.
What is your equation with Shekhar?
Fantastic. Shekhar and I have been friends for years now. We coincidentally started working on film music. Ad jingles followed. We hit it off really well from day one. Touch wood, nothing’s changed. We both work towards the same goals.
We’re both from different music spaces. He’s a trained Hindustani vocalist and I’m from a rock background. I know he sings fabulously but I’ve never pushed him for it. It’s his choice. He knows I want him to sing. We respect each other’s backgrounds and enjoy each other’s company. We make music not to please filmmakers but something that we’ll enjoy listening to in our cars. That possibly makes us click.
Isn’t the film music scene too cluttered and competitive?
I won’t call it cluttered. There are five active music composers today —us, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Pritam, AR Rahman and Himesh Reshammiya. I don’t deny that there are others as well. For a layman, the music industry seems cluttered. But as an insider, I can tell you, its not. We’re all friends here.
Shankar and Loy have been involved with Pentagram. I always turn up to Shankar for advise. For us, it’s not work..it’s fun.
We’re all a call away from each other. Pritam simply calls and asks me to sing a song and I readily do it for him. We appreciate each other’s work.