Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s musical efforts have been as extravagant and larger-than-life as his luxuriously painted canvases. The filmmaker, who additionally doubled up as a music composer together with his movie Guzaarish, all the time had a penchant for people tunes and ballads, classical western music and opera. A filmmaker for whom songs are an intrinsic a part of storytelling — not for him the ‘special numbers’ and songs taking part in in the background — SLB is the antithesis to the present college of thought that believes music will be an afterthought.
As Sanjay Leela Bhansali celebrates his birthday immediately, we communicate to his frequent collaborator Ismail Darbar to perceive the notes of their relationship and the way earworms like “Tadap Tadap Ke” have been made. He additionally sheds mild on the reality why they haven’t collaborated since Devdas in 2002.
Excerpts from the interview:
SLB has an ideal ear for music
One of the greatest issues about Sanjay is that he listens to loads of world music. I’m a musician, I’ve performed violin all my life and my household was into music, however even I had by no means heard a lot music in my life. He would hear to Pancham Da, pure classical, symphony, opera, he would hear to every kind of music and he understood it. He opened up these home windows for me to perceive music higher. He would focus on all this music with me and slowly I obtained into it. Sanjay has a great ear for music. Composers have to do loads of ‘tigdam baazi’ (manipulation) at occasions to promote their music or to carry it nearer to the filmmaker’s thought. I by no means even had to do it with Sanjay.
Our tuning obtained higher with time
There have been occasions if Sanjay had to say one thing, I’d know from his eyes. We didn’t want to talk with phrases, our tuning obtained higher with each song we made. He can be ‘bade gussewala’ (extraordinarily brief tempered) and moody. But we had an understanding, when it got here to music we have been fully trustworthy with one another. We would hold all our variations apart, churn out the greatest, it was a technique of self realisation, we gave all of it we had in us, we by no means massaged one another’s egos.
Tried trying to find SLB in each filmmaker
God has given me beginning to make music, so I would like to be true to my music. So when individuals began telling what to make so it may promote, I made a decision to take a again seat and wait it out. I used to be searching for Sanjay in each filmmaker. I needed them to reciprocate to my music the approach he did, give me suggestions the approach he did. But you’ll be able to’t discover a Sanjay Leela Bhansali all over the place. The greatest self proclaimed ‘music moguls’ in our nation immediately received’t be a ‘surila insaan’ (music lover) like Sanjay.
I finished having fun with the course of of creating music
At one level, I finished having fun with the course of of creating music. I began craving to work with somebody who understands my music. I stored feeling how my music wanted his imaginative and prescient. No filmmaker understood my music like he did, ‘iss baat se meri aatma ko bohot takleef hoti thi (it hurt me the most)’. My work stopped making me glad. Sanjay by no means hid something from me. He has confirmed me all his music and that he made with out me, he has taken me via Gangubai Kathiawadi’s music too. He isn’t insecure about his work, he by no means broke ties with me. We embarked upon a novel journey with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and he has maintained that relationship.
I will need to have damaged that relationship 100 occasions, however he by no means gave up on me. He has given me all the love and respect and ‘maine kabhi usse beimaani nahi ki’ (I’ve by no means damaged his belief). God is aware of, each time I gave him suggestions, I used to be trustworthy with him. There have been occasions when we’ve fought, and gone with out talking with one another for four- six months, however that’s it, then we get again to being regular. That’s a continuing since the previous 25 years.
I’ve seen Sanjay reside via my songs, he would hear every song a number of occasions, a whole lot of occasions after which picturised it. ‘Kitni mehnat karta tha, aur karvata tha, woh harr ek gaane pe (he used to put in so much effort to shoot his songs)’. He would sit and focus on each particulars of the song with me, he would inform me the temper, how he’s going to direct it, he would make me think about each state of affairs that will be in a song.
Favourite song from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
When I used to be struggling, I used to go for auditions. I’d play what I had to after which at the finish I’d play my favorite song, which is now the title observe of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. I’d inform them that I’ve performed what they needed to hear, now I needed them to hear to my favorite song. No one obtained it, nobody understood this song, they’d name it lengthy and tiring, gradual and sloppy.
Nobody was taking that song, however I refused to change even one observe of it. And one high quality day, ‘ittefaq se’ (accidently), I had my first assembly with Sanjay. So, I did what I all the time did. I made him hear what he needed to and in the final I made him hear my favorite song. He made me sing the song thrice. That was it, for the first time I discovered somebody who needed to hear my favorite song greater than as soon as.
After that assembly I waited for six months, made Sanjay hear to extra songs, however Sanjay by no means finalised me. I used to be getting drained struggling, actually, I had grow to be determined.
Then in the future, I known as Sanjay up to inform him that I needed him to hear this one explicit song, and he requested me why I used to be sounding so unhappy. So I rode my Kinetic (scooter), reached his workplace and made him hear ‘Tadap Tadap’ in KK’s voice, I solely had the first antra prepared, however I needed him to hear it. You received’t consider it, however that day, Sanjay heard that song nine occasions. I didn’t realise what was occurring till I noticed him weeping. It was like a comedy scene, he was crying and I used to be glad. I had discovered somebody who liked my song a lot, that day, after listening to this song lastly signed me as the music director for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.