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Udit-Aditya sing for Dharam-Bobby

Shamir Tandon gets the father-son duo to sing for the Deols in Cheers, reports Nikhil Taneja.

music Updated: Sep 05, 2009 19:25 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Father-son duo Udit and Aditya Narayan have come together for a song for the first time in nine years for Sangeeth Sivan’s forthcoming film, Cheers. The song, titled Hum dono is also Aditya’s maiden song as an adult, as he was 10-years-old when he last sang in a Bollywood movie, in 2000’s Papa The Great, also with his father. This is also the first time a father-son duo is singing for Dharamendra and Bobby Deol, who are playing father and son in the movie as well.

Says Shamir Tandon, who has composed the song, “In the movie, the father and son are going on a bike ride across the hills in North India during the song. Since the song was on male bonding, I wanted it to reflect the chemistry of a father and son. It was only natural for me to get Uditji and Aditya to sing for the songs.”

Since the song is a fun number, Tandon composed it in the old-fashioned, interactive way. He says, “We recorded the song using a single mike, so the father and son could jam and freak out on the song together.”

Earlier experiments
This isn’t the first time Tandon has gone out-of-the-box with his music. In fact, the composer, who’s been giving music for almost a decade now, was among the first ones to have accomplished an international collaboration when he got boy band Blue to sing with Shaan in One love (Rakht). Ever since, the composer has pulled off many a coup, including getting Asha Bhosle to record with Brett Lee, Manna De to make a comeback to Bollywood, and more recently, getting the disbanded pop group Viva, to sing together.

The composer has also consistently got legends, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, to sing for him. He says, “There has always been a perception that Lataji and Ashaji are rivals and don’t sing for a composer who works with the other. But it’s such a myth.. after singing ‘Kitne ajeeb rishte’ in Page 3, Lataji is singiing a ‘bhajan’ for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail and I have another album coming out with Ashaji soon.”

The composer, who has been instrumental in bringing down artistes like Mick Jagger, Michael Learns to Rock and Deep Purple to India, believes that it’s because of the respect that he gives to artistes, that they forge a long-lasting bond.

Working with legends
“Ashaji and Lataji know I will never ask them to sing a demeaning song. Frankly, I find it strange that people talk about how singing legends like Kishore Kumar have passed away, but when legends like them and Manna De are with us, no one approaches them for songs,” he says.

Tandon is now busy wrapping up his forthcoming film assignments like Acid Factory, Click and Mumbai Chakachak. “I also have some exciting collaborations lined up with Ashaji in her next album, but first I am working on a surprise for her birthday next week,” he smiles.