EXCLUSIVE: Composers Salim-Sulaiman talk about challenges for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’s ‘Phir Milenge’: ‘Had to add elements, pay homage to every legendary actor’: Bollywood News
Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant are among India’s finest musical duos. The duo mainly composes music for Hindi films.
EXCLUSIVE: Composers Salim-Sulaiman talk about challenges for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’s ‘Phir Milenge’: ‘We had to add elements, pay homage to every legendary actor’
Over the years, Salim-Sulaiman music composers have managed to become one of the most revered names in Hindi film music. Of Chak De! India, Fashion at Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Baaja Baaraat Group and much more, the Merchant Brothers have come a long way creating hit music albums for many Bollywood movies for over a decade now.
In an exclusive interview in the Music Room with Bollywood Hungary, while sharing the interesting behind-the-scenes stories of how they created their hit songs, the musical duo also spoke about the challenges they faced while creating Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte.”
Singing “Pe Luck Dance” from the 2008 movie, Salim shared, “Haule Haule was a very fast song, we wrote it very quickly. And the next day we did Dance Pe Luck literally, and that too was finished in a day. Sulaiman replied, “No, two days to be precise.”
Salim then said, “Yes, Dance Pe Luck took 1-2 days but Phir Milenge Chalté Chalté took the longest as there was a verse dedicated to Raj Kapoor, another was dedicated to Shammi Kapoor, then Dev Anand. So it was like every day we would do a character.
Sulaiman shared, “Each section took us about two days or sometimes three days. So the song took about 7-8 days because we were not only composing but also producing… If it’s a Rajesh Khanna song then what were the elements of his songs then we added these items.
Salim added, “If you listen to him carefully, there are amazing elements of each character.” Further talking about the difficulty of creating the complete song, Salim shared while singing, “It was very stressful and challenging. But Jaideep [Sahni] wrote [the lyrics] so fast like Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua, Jeena Yahan, Marna Yahan… these are famous phrases [from the legendary actors].”
“So the melodies also match the original songs,” Sulaiman explained. Salim then added after singing the verse, “So every element of the phrase matched the composition but it was different. It was very difficult.”
With Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is a romantic and musical film which debuted in 2008. The film follows Surinder (Shah Rukh Khan), a simple man, falls in love with a lively Tani (Anushka Sharma) and marries her. In order to impress her, he undergoes a complete makeover and becomes Raj.
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