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Bhai the way!

Sajid-Wajid, who recently won six awards for the music of Dabangg, say songs these days are made keeping Salman Khan’s personality in mind.

music Updated: Feb 04, 2011 18:36 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
Sajid-Wajid

Riding high on the success of the Salman Khan starrer Dabangg, music composers Sajid-Wajid feel that working with the star has been a ‘grateful oppurtnity’ They’ve worked with Khan on films like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Partner (2007), Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009) and Veer (2010) were ‘grateful opportunities.’

According to Wajid, over the last few years most songs made for films starring Khan, have reflected the impulsive actor’s personality. After having worked with Khan for over a decade, the composers believe they really understand the star’s persona. The proof is their most recent work - Dabangg, for which the musicians picked up almost every award in the industry for Best Soundtrack including the Filmfare, NDTV, Apsara, Radio Mirchi, Screen and Zee. Wajid says, “Life seems to have come full circle for us.”

Memorable moments
Recollecting the day he first hummed the song, Tere mast mast do nain… to Khan, Wajid says, “This song was already made when the film came to us. Before I could finish singing one line to Salman bhai, he said, kamaal track hai (great song), this is a super hit song!’ He takes such an active interest that the music making process becomes far more enjoyable. It also makes things easy because if he likes the song, it is finalised for the film. Songs like Jalwa…, Dabangg and Love me, love me, love me… can only be carried off by him.”

Less is more
Wajid is not upset that three more songs could have made it to the film’s soundtrack. Recognising the trend of fewer songs in Hindi films nowadays, he says, “I think it’s fine. Five songs are enough, but films that have fantastic songs do great business.”

Even though some recent films including Dhobi Ghat didn’t have what Wajid calls ‘an active soundtrack’, he is confident that music will remain an indispensable part of Bollywood. “It’s the best way to express feelings. Film music is more popular than pop music in India because people like associating songs with stars and that will not change. When Salman enters a song like Munni…, there is a reason why the audience goes mad.”