Music composer Sameer Uddin tells Suranjana Biswas how he discovered swag in his latest track Swagpur ka chaudhary from Kaalakaandi
“Conceiving swag is not easy, says composer Sameer Uddin. “Essentially most of the songs in Kaalakaandi are a part of the score. There is a sequence where Saif is being chased and there’s a lot of stuff running through his head. Somehow, in his mind, he becomes the invincible Swagpur ka chaudhary.
“I just made the director Akshat Verma hear a partially done 30-second capsule of the song and asked him if the break beat thing worked for him. He liked that it was an amalgamation of a genre which is Western in nature, juxtaposed with very rustic, Haryanvi lyrics. He was kicked by it and wanted it to be a full-blown track,” he says.
Sameer, who has composed a bunch of other songs for the film, believes that every song has a story. “The film is a crazy ride. All the songs have panned out from the script; the songs are an integral part of the script. The song Kaala doreya is a folk song. They were looking for a dance sequence song in the film, which required a thumping beat. There is a song called Jive with me, which is mostly electro swing. So we took up a bunch of old jazz songs and kind of revived them with new, techno beats. Aa bhi jaa is again a Bollywood meeting, a noir kind of sound. Vishal Dadlani was very kind to voice it for us.”
Rap is celebrated all over the world, says the music composer. “Rap is an integral part of expression in poetry. It is shining right now and there are quite a lot of rappers in the music scene. The club culture is also responsible for the evolution of rap music. And it is not only India, it is a global sensation. I am sure we are just catching up on it.
“The beauty of it is we can express so much through rap which is difficult to put in a song, considering the beats and the music. People are definitely warming up to it, which means there’s something good about it,” he avers.
Sameer has got a sense of old world charm and swag as well. “When you watch Kaalakaandi, you will see that that the songs are from each era in the film. There is an Irani café scene, where there is the charm of Hemant Kumar songs, orchestrated in a yesteryear form. Certain songs are also inspired by the Kishore Kumar era. In this film, we had the liberty to compose songs from the modern era as well as add a flavour of the golden days of yesteryear. Music wasn’t a promotional material for this film; it had a reason to be in the script.”
Without revealing much about his future projects, he adds, “I am in talks for two films and can talk about them once they have been announced.”