We are the agents of change: Music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar

  • Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2015 20:55 IST
Music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar feel the sound of Bollywood music has been “altered”, but the “soul and melody” remain untouched. (Photo: Getty images)

Even though their tracks in Jhankaar Beats (2003) and Musafir (2004) were popular, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani really came under the spotlight when the song ‘Dus bahane’ from Dus (2005) became a chartbuster. In a successful journey that spans over 10 years, Vishal-Shekhar have composed soundtracks for over 80 films, including hits such as Om Shanti Om (2007), Dostana (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010), RA.One (2011), Student Of The Year (2012) and Chennai Express (2013), among others.

Apart from making music together, they also appeared on various TV reality shows and toured the world for concerts. Today, they are one of the most successful musicians in the industry. Here, they talk about the past decade, how Bollywood music has changed, and more.

You have spent over 10 years in Bollywood. How has the journey been?
: It has been an awesome ride, every day. We are fortunate to have made some great friends, done some great work, and most of all, we are grateful to have touched so many lives.

What has been your biggest learning over the years?
: We have learnt that success is hard to handle. If you can keep a level head when you are most successful, you will always have the love and respect of those you work with.

Shekhar: On the other hand, we also feel that a little failure teaches you humility, and lights a fire in you to work harder and achieve greater heights.

What do you aspire to do 10 years down the line?
: We have so much fun doing what we do that we hope to continue doing exactly that. All we want is to make music and make people happy.

Shekhar: I want to start a music school, which will offer courses on different kinds of music.

How do you think has Bollywood music changed over the past decade?
: We feel that technology has changed a lot; the sound of Bollywood music has also altered. The way songs are dressed today has changed. But, the core, the soul and the melody remains the same.

What have been the positive and negative aspects of this change?
Shekhar: The recording process has become better. Some newer genres have been adopted in Bollywood music. Another positive effect of the change is that there is more openness to experimenting with both global and Indian sounds.

Vishal: We believe change is inevitable. So, there’s nothing negative about it. People who fight change, tend to get left behind. We, on the other hand, are among the agents of change. So, we love it.

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