Composer duo Jatin-Lalit who split after scoring music for Fanna, are now on the judges' panel in Star Plus reality show Voice of India. Big brother Jatin Pandit talks to Roshmila Bhattacharya about patch-up plans and their bonding in the ongoing reality show.
After the jaadu ki jhappi on Voice of India are Jatin and Lalit now ready for a patch-up professionally?
Personally, I'm all for it and ready to welcome Lalit back with open arms. The decision is his. There were no problems from my end. I'm easy-going. I have no ego, but I have my self-respect.
So there's been no move from his part?
Not yet. But you seem more at ease on the Voice Of India sets now. When we meet, we greet each other cordially.. nothing more. I'm hopeful things will get better with time. You were not on speaking terms for a while.
What triggered the discord?
<b1>It had been brewing for a while but frankly, even I didn't expect a split. (After a long pause) I don't want to go down that path again. All I can say is that if Lalit's willing, I'm ready to join hands with him again.
Would you agree that the split hasn't benefited either of you?
Lalit's had one Hindi film release, Life Mein Kabhi Kabhie. I think there was a Bengali film too. I've done a few albums. One has to move ahead, work hard.. harder. That's what pays off.
There were no big banners, however, after Yashraj's Fanaa which was your last score together?
(Sighs) It took us 18 years to build the brand name Jatin Lalit. That worked for us.
When a team breaks the road is rocky again. Karan (Johar) and Adi (Aditya Chopra) tried to tell Lalit not to take this deci sion. We lost out on several good offers. So what's in the pipeline for you now?
I plan to come up with an album of my own songs. Then there's a crossover film being produced by an NRI. I've recorded four songs, there's one more to go.
There's also a Bhojpuri film?
I did that one only for Bhagyashree. She's the producer of the film and wanted some upbeat music that would appeal to the young crowd.
Voice Of Indiain its final leg, which singer do you place your bet on?
It's hard to say since it's the people's voice that prevails. Priyani's been eliminated.
Harshit and Irrfan have been in the danger zone too. Toshi and Abhas have staged remarkable come backs by polling the highest votes, but even that's no guarantee to a safe run. There's little we can do except express our views on the calibre of the contestant and try to guide public opinion in the right direction.
Both Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma Challenge 2007 ended up crowning the less deserving contestant, or so the judges crib. Could that happen with Voice.. too?
I should hope not. Gajendra Singh, the producer-director of the show, is a very knowledgeable person.
However, I think the time has come for a jury-based show where the viewers aren't given veto powers. Any more reality shows for you? I'm doing Jhoom India that will be aired on Sahara soon. I'll be training a familiar TV celebrity in music. It's different.