Usage of live music in films was a common practice in late ’60s and ’70s, until the advent of technologically advanced systems in the programming of music. Trying to recreate the melodies of yesteryears in his film
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
, based on the Chittagong uprising, director Ashutosh Gowariker briefed music composer Sohail Sen to use maximum live sounds.
“Ninety per cent of the film’s music was recorded live,” says Sen, who has used live strings section instead of modern pad and live double bass instead of bass guitar.
Magic of live music
“We replaced drum kits with Indian percussions by Sivamani,” he adds. Music director Shambhu Sen’s grandson, Sen admits that the task to recreate the ’30s mood in the music was quite “challenging”.
Several instruments such as
ektara, madal, tabla, sitar, flute, naal, khol, duggi
and violin were used. The composer says he set up his studio in a hotel room in Goa during the shoot of the film. Of course, going to the set had its own advantages, (besides meeting Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone) it helped him connect and add experiences to the making of the music.
Sen, who replaced AR Rahman to compose for Gowariker’s film, says, “I was in school when
had released and I loved Rahman’s music in the film. I have grown up listening to him. I am just 25 and it’s unfair to compare me to the maestro.”