Members of India’s first boy band have composed for the Hollywood flick From Paris With Love, starring John Travolta. "It all happened by chance," said Karan Oberoi, a member of the band. "A member of the Hinduja group, which is bringing the movie to India, approached us and asked if we could come up with a title track for the movie. We watched the movie and at the end of it we looked at each other and said ‘Let’s do it!’"
The band, which released its first album, Yeh Bhi, Woh Bhi in 2002, comprises Karan Oberoi, Sherrin Varghese, Chin2 Bhosle and Siddharth Haldipur. With hit tracks like Meri neend and Gori in their kitty, everyone thought the band was here to stay, but they took a three year break, only to make a come-back with this project.
"We had to focus on our careers apart from music. But we hadn’t completely cut ourselves off from music. We’d been doing shows now and then," says Varghese, adding that despite a break after their last album, it took only two days for them to come up with Paris ke jalwe for the Travolta starrer.
He says, "The music came to us spontaneously. The track is progressive in nature. It is semi-Bollywood but the racy, edgy and adrenaline side of it gives it the Hollywood feel. The best part is the blend of catchy words like tod phod, which gives the song the kick."
According to the band members, this is the first attempt by a purely Indian or Asian band to compose and sing the title track of a Hollywood movie for its India release, second only to the Pakistani band Strings who did a title track for Spiderman with their number Najane kyun.
“Over the years India has become a bigger market for Hollywood movies. I call the process ‘Bollywoodisation of Hollywood.’ For bands like us this process creates new avenues, thus giving us more exposure. This project, for example, is a step in a new direction,” says Haldipur. So, did they get a chance to meet Travolta? “Not yet,” laughs Varghese, adding that they would love to meet him.