|Vishal-Shekhar rock Calcutta Swimming Club
on Christmas Eve. Picture: Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
Shekhar Ravjiani and Vishal Dadlani have changed the sound of Indian film songs and in the process notched up several hits like Jhankaar Beats, Om Shanti Om, Salaam Namaste, Dus, Dostana, Anjaana Anjaani, Ra.One, Kahaani, Student of the Year and much, much more. A t2 chat with Shekhar…
What are your plans for 2013?
We are working on a few films –– Chennai Express (directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone), Happy New Year (another SRK film), a film by Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys) and a film featuring Hrithik (Roshan) and Katrina (Kaif).
Your New Year wish?
I wish every girl would feel safe in India. I hope we are able to feel secure. I would like the government to wake up… the youth is actually shaking the government up and that needs to continue. Pressure needs to mount on government officials. If they don’t change now, we cannot enjoy a bright future. At present, the future of India looks very dark. Unfortunately, people who are leading the nation are doing a terrible job. And many innocent lives are being lost. It’s very sad what has been happening.
The best thing about working with Vishal Dadlani?
First, we don’t work together.… We are very close friends; Vishal is like family; we make music. You don’t work with family members. I am just fortunate that I am making music with Vishal.
Something you would like to tell your fans through t2?
Don’t believe everything that you read about me on Wikipedia! I don’t know who writes that stuff but a lot of information needs to be corrected; for instance, Shekhar Ravjiani is a ‘trained classical singer’. There is a difference between a ‘trained classical singer’ and someone who has picked up classical music. Then it’s written that I was a participant in the 2004 edition of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. I was actually the mentor for some of the participants. Then I read online that I stay in a bungalow on Carter Road (Bandra). I wish I had a bungalow in Bandra!
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