Vishal Dadlani on plagiarism charges and the rift with Javed Akhtar.. in conversation with Rachana Dubey
Om Shanti Omis ruling the charts. You must be ecstatic?
(Beaming) We are, more so after being told by the marketing team of T- Series that it's the best-selling score of the year so far. It's been just four weeks since the album was released, and Shekhar and I have been flooded with appreciative smses. The phone doesn't stop ringing.
There were reports that Javed Akhtar was miffed with you for altering his lyrics.
I don't know where that came from since Javed
is a very cool guy who doesn't mind some changes in his work. We're working on other projects together. If he was miffed with us, we would know.
What's been Farah Khan's contribution to the score?
Farah knew exactly what she wanted. She's worked on the film for quite some time. She had specific briefs for each song, but at the same time, was open to suggestions.
Om Shanti Om
was a challenge because it moves from the 1970s to the present day. And Farah wanted every song to appeal to the man on the streets.
Anyone compared this score to Anu Mallik's
Main Hoon Naa?
Main Hoon Naa's
music is a part of our collective memory. It was a huge hit. I adore the score, but it hasn't influenced the
Om Shanti Om
score in any way. There may be some comparisons.. it would be only natural. However, I think it's our next score that'll have to match up the standards set by
Om Shanti Om
There was a plagiarism charge against you recently.
Yeah, a leading tabloid accused us of ripping off a track from Wong Kar Wai's classic,
In the Mood for Main
. While everyone is entitled to his opinion, this guy made a fool of himself over the piece that only proved how little he knows about music. The only similarity between that song and our
Main agar kahoon
is that both are based on the waltz rhythm and play the pizzicato on violins.
Do singers complain of dummy recordings?
Not to us because we're not in the practice of having dummy recordings. We recently tried out a new singer because it is essential to discover new voices. However, it was made clear to her before the recording that her track could be dubbed by another singer if it was found wanting.
Do the results of the films affect your music?
Yes.. to some extent. Often the music and the film carry each other off. Sometimes even the most mediocre sounding music becomes a hit after the film's box office success and vice versa.
Sometimes films like
have good music.. the film does well and takes the music a level higher. If you ask me about
, the music sold like hot cakes but sadly the film tanked.
What's the status quo on your music label V& S?
We're launching our first album with Raghu Dixit next week. The songs are fresh and Raghu is a fabulous singer. We're very optimistic.
Your final word on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007?
I think, for once, all the three finalists were equally deserving candidates for the title. I would have been equally happy if Raja Hassan or Amanat Ali had won. Both of them, along with Aneek Dhar, had very distinctive voices.
At the end of the day, winning or losing is not important. It's how far the competition has taken you. All the finalists are singing for one or the other leading composer. And that's great news for us, their mentors.
We're composing for Bhootnath, Siddharth Anand's next.. tentatively Tashan, Tarun Mansukhani's project and for Sujoy Ghosh's next.