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‘It’s my mistake..I worked without a contract’

Anu Mallik in a frankspeak with Rachana Dubey about his latest projects Anamika and Love Story, reality shows and his daughters.
None | By Rachana Dubey
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2008 05:19 PM IST

You’ve often said that you don’t want to do multi-composer projects..then why

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See, sometimes you do some work in good faith, even in the absence of a contract. Apoorva Lakhia, Suniel Shetty, Ekta Kapoor are all close friends. It’s my mistake that I agreed to work without a contract. So, they recorded two songs with me and then didn’t show up for a while. From now on, I’ll only do solo composer projects and insist on a contract.

Why was your score for Anamika not up to the mark?
Excuse me. I was in the UK recently and I was told by so many people there that they had liked the music of Anamika. Sometimes, when a film sinks, the music sinks with it.. not because the music is bad but because the film didn’t pick up.

How far are we from Indian Idol 4?
We’ve just completed all the auditions. The contestants are better than earlier seasons. I’m called the face of the show because I have stuck around since season one. This year, Udit Narayan and Alisha Chinai have been replaced by Sonali Bendre and Kailash Kher.

But what happens to the reality singing show winners?
Indian Idol contestants have walked out as big names. Otherwise who knew Monali, Deepali, Emon or Abhijeet Sawant? Today, they are success stories.You cannot imagine the number of concerts these kids have performed at. They have a readymade platform. By contrast, there was a time when we had to go from door to door asking for work with our baaja. I’d be shown the door because a naami composer had been signed on. I’d touch the producer’s feet and return home. I’ve struggled for 20 years, they struggle for 52 days.

Love Story 2050 is a major release after Main Hoon Naa. Any apprehensions?
Not at all. In fact, the songs- Milo na milo, Sach kehna, Hey you lover boy and Milon ka have been rising on the music charts. But some critics had pointed out that the music is not futuristic like the film’s theme. Okay, someone may have felt that way. But overall, there have been very few negative comments. Healthy and constructive criticism is welcome.The movie begins in 2005 and moves into 2050. I was flooded with congratulatory smses after Harman Baweja’s performance at the IIFA award function.

Wouldn’t 2050 have been an ideal project to launch your daughter, Anmol, as a playback singer?
Anmol had sung all the 13 tracks in Satish Kaushik’s Tere Sang. That film is on the backburner now. In the interim, Rangita Nandy wanted a raunchy fun song for Ugly aur Pagly. She suggested that we should use a new singer. So, Ugly.. will be Anmol’s debut. The song, Talli, is all over the radio.

So will Ada opt for a playback singing career?
She doesn’t divulge her plans but she seems artistically inclined. She’s in class 10 this year. Studies are the top priority for both my daughters.

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