Delhi’s rocking Bollywood like never before. Whether it’s laying out a picturesque canvas for slice-of-life films or lending charm to quick-witted storylines, the metropolis is taking film-istaan head on. And ‘scoring’ big on this trend are Delhi-based independent musicians.
DJ San Bindra, who has earlier worked on soundtracks of films like Anwar and Karam, has synced a melody to consummate a thinking track called Imaan. The song, part of Siddharth - The Prisoner (an art-house product that stars actor Rajat Kapoor), marries “grey lyricism” with the harmonious sarangi. “Singer Avinash Narayan and I were approached to compose a promotional song for the festival circuit. Since the film is arty and gauges the human lust for money, we thought of playing on the Imaan dagmaga gaya phrase. We’ve kept the lyrics insightful yet simple, thus high on mass appeal,” says San.
Powerful vocals coupled with Ustad Asif Ali Khan’s sarangi strains impart a haunting touch to the song. And that’s what the duo aimed at.
“We introduced the orchestral bit in the end to further heighten the intensity,” reveals San who has mixed and mastered the track at a studio in Delhi. He has also composed music for Johnny Gaddar’s sequel, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.
Treading a similar route are members of the city-based Hindi rock collective, Faridkot. The five-member band is all set to break into B-Town with an “unabashed, energetic, thumping number”. Bassist Akshay Raheja says: “We’ll soon record the title song for Gurmeet Singh’s Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene. The film (produced by Taandav Films, makers of Khosla Ka Ghosla) is currently being shot in Delhi and we’d also record the song here. The producers asked us for a scratch of our interpretation of the title and liked what they heard. We may be asked to compose another song for soon.” Faridkot boys, for a change, weren’t asked to make it commercial. “They just asked us to be ourselves,” Raheja concludes.