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Team Punditz scores big

Delhi band Midival Punditz is the first to score the entire track of a Bollywood flick.
By Malvika Nanda Malvika Nanda | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2010 08:16 PM IST

Bollywood’s thirst for newer soundscapes is getting stronger. In a first for an Indian Rock band, Delhi-based group Midival Punditz (Tapan Raj and Gaurav Raina) along with instrumentalist/composer Karsh Kale, has scored the entire musical track for filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar’s upcoming home-production,

Kartik Calling Kartik

. The Vijay Lalwani directorial starring Akhtar and Deepika Padukone releases on February 26.

Says Kale, “Farhan is a forward thinking guy and I think he believed that we would bring something new to the film. We used this opportunity to challenge ourselves to take things to another level and I think we accomplished it to an extent.” In fact, the makers of the movie liked a part of the score so much that they got the instrumental Kartik 2.0 on the soundtrack too.

Tapan Raj of the Punditz, who have earlier worked on Bollywood movies such Let’s Enjoy and Don, elaborates what made the collaboration easier. “We complement each other as composers. We (The Punditz) bring a modern feel to the music using electronic composition and modern soundscapes, while Karsh brings a more classical approach as an orchestral composer, pianist, guitar player and songwriter.”

Kale says they tried to avoid all stereotypes, including their own for this project. “People expecting any typical Punditz KK sound or even a typical Bollywood score are in for a surprise. The film called us to expand its sonic scope and approach music with a fresh new sound. We composed on everything from orchestral instruments and piano to hardcore electronic soundscapes and rock guitars.”

Raj says they’re looking forward to doing more of Bollywood, but with projects that allow them creative freedom.

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