After 7 Khoon Maaf, music composer-singer- director Vishal Bhardwaj is now producing and composing a Sufi album with wife Rekha. "We will be ready with it in about a year-and-a-half. It’s still in the planning stage," Vishal says.
Rekha adds that the album is a tribute to the acclaimed Urdu poet Dr Bashir Badr who’s written over 18,000 couplets and been honoured with a Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards: "When in Meerut, Vishal would sit for hours listening to Bashir saab and discussing his poetry with him. He’s like a father to him and has contributed hugely to Vishal’s personal growth. Besides scoring the music, Vishal will also be singing with me."
The duo is doing an album together after seven years. The last one was the Sufi album Ishka Ishka released in 2004 after over 10 years of work. It’s sequel with Gulzar as the lyricist again is in the pipeline, but will take off only after the Badr tribute. The Bhardwajs have collaborated as composers-singers in films like Maachis (1996), Chachi 420 (1997), Godmother (1999), Makdee (2002), Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006), No Smoking (2008), Kaminey (2009), Ishqiya (2010) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011).
Vishal admits that the debacle of 7 Khoon Maaf did "pinch him". He’s now readying to direct Shah Rukh Khan in an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel, 2 States. "It won’t be my next film, but it will happen eventually," he says.
He’s also bought the rights of a chapters in S Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens Of Mumbai, for which he’s written the foreword. He’s yet to start writing a screenplay based on this chapter though. He says, "For the moment, I’m chilling out… Emptying myself so that I can refill with newer things."