Director Farah Khan couldn't find anyone better than the yesteryear composer Pyarelal to do justice to Om Shanti Om's music.
Though Vishal-Shekhar are credited for the album, Pyarelal has guest composed the Dhoom tana number.
Pyarelal last composed for Deewana Mastana (1997). He had stopped composing after the death of his partner Laxmikant.
Om Shanti Om inspired by Subhash Ghai's Karz, derives its name from one of the songs in the film, the music of which was also composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. <b1>
"I wasn't too keen at the outset. Farah requested me to do a song to pay a tribute to the music of the '70s and the '80s. I agreed because my wife and daughter wanted me to return to music," states Pyarelal. Quite traditional The song was recorded with a 150-member-orchestra with traditional instruments like drums, tabla, dholak, dafli and madal, which were a trademark of the L-P duo.
"I have used more than 40 different percussion instruments to make the song as grand as I could," he remarks. The composer stuck to traditional ‘live' instruments instead of depending on electronica.
Pyarelal was initially approached for three songs. But he chose to do only one.
Back to work
Will he get back composing for movies full time? "I haven't taken any credit for composing this song. But yes, there have been several offers, I may soon resume," says Pyarelal.
"However, the compositions will always be credited as Laxmikant-Pyarelal.. we're incomplete without each other," he adds.
Apart from the movies, Pyarelal will perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with the Philharmonica orchestra, which will have 138 musicians.
His book, Indian Summer, on string quartets, already released in the international market, will hit the stands in India soon.