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Rishi Rich and Juggy D were names to reckon with in the early 2000s. The UK-based music composer-and-singer duo also dabbled in the Hindi film music scene, with songs like the title tracks of Hum Tum and Kyaa Kool Hain Hum. The talented twosome chats with Komal Sharma about their song from the upcoming film Behen Hogi Teri and much morerishi and juggy

 What was the brief given to you for the songs of Behen Hogi Teri?

Juggy D (JD): I have sung Jaanu meri jaan and the brief was only given to Rishi because he was looking after the songs. Producer Amul Vikas Mohan and Rishi are good friends and when Rishi moved to India, six to seven months ago, they wanted to work together. That’s how this film came his way. They wanted me to sing as well for their project, so Rishi called and told me about this project. When he told me about the song, my reaction was, ‘Oh my God, it’s such a terrific song from the ‘80s.’ The next thing I did was come to Mumbai and record the song and they loved it.

 What were the challenges you faced while recording the song?

Rishi Rich (RR): There were no challenges, really. You have to take care of the producer, the director, the singers and the actors because background music and composing songs also involve everyone who is connected with the film.

JD: You just hope that you deliver the song in a way that people enjoy it, and that is the biggest challenge when you are recording any music or remaking a song, especially songs which are already terrific tracks. You want to do justice to it and when people listen to this song, they should say, ‘You did a good job.’

 What special musical elements have you incorporated into the music for the film, Behen Hogi Teri?

JD: I have only sung the song; the production and compositions have been done by Rishi. So the style we bring in is a combination of Western and Indian styles. And Rishi has a unique style, he creates unique compositions. He is an expert at doing that. Also, we are creating music with Indian flavours from the past 10 to 15 years.

RR: It’s a fusion of hip-hop and Indian music. I like choosing a different kind of music for my songs, so you will get a different background score for all the songs that I have done, not only in this film but also upcoming films that I am doing.

 How different is the music scene in the UK and in India?

RR: I don’t find any difference. It is just that people have different ways of working, so you have to start working according to that. After all, the notes are the same.

JD: In India, the industry is booming and everything is happening here. Music is a trend, which comes and goes, but people here in India are so passionate about music that they keep wanting more. There is so much talent in India, so many great singers and people here want to listen to something different. What people are producing right now here is so exciting, it is motivating. So, it’s a great time to be here. Since we are from the UK, we bring our sound from there and fuse it with Indian music.

 You have been working on so many different songs. How do you manage to give each one a different tune?

JD: Each tune is different from the other because the genre of the songs differs. Some songs have a fusion background whereas some have Punjabi beats.

 Can you share something about each other?

JD: We have been working together for 16 years. Rishi is a genius, a great person, down to earth and very focused on music. He is not the kind of person who wants to be in the public eye, he likes to be behind the scenes and knows exactly what he wants.

RR: JD is an extremely talented artiste and I am glad I know him. I always knew he would reach great heights.

 What’s next for the two of you?

RR: Next, for us, is Mubarakan and we are also working on Sunny Deol’s son, Karan Deol’s launch film, which is being directed by Sunny Deol and titled Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.

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