Singer Brijesh Shandilya’s quirky take on the plight of lovers in his latest track Mushkil hai apna mel priye from Mukkabaaz is a firecracker. He tells Suranjana Biswas how he managed to keep the humour alive in the song
The brief was ever-changing, Shandilya admits. “Anuragji (Kashyap) and the music director Rachita Arora gave me an initial brief about the song but surprisingly it kept changing and became very different from what it was when we started. I sang the song seven times. The basic brief was about the backdrop of the story, which is Varanasi, since they wanted the essence of the song to be very desi.
“The innocence in the song was important, along with the madness which was to be kept intact. In the final brief, I was asked to add a lot of drama to the song, as it was about someone who is madly in love. I was inspired by the antics of Kishore da in his songs like Bindu re Bindu,” he says.
MHAMP is an adaptation of a poem and the vocalist says, “Anuragji is very close to the poet, Dr Sunil Jogi, and he wanted to use this poem somewhere ever since he heard it 18 years ago. I had heard about this but never discussed it. The song almost looks like an item number in the film.”
The humour in the song is what makes it so relatable, especially for all lovers, says Shandilya. “We have tried to keep the humour alive in the song. It is almost like any other lover out there confessing ‘ki tum bade baap ki beti ho, kaise pau tumhe.’ We have tried to tell people, in a humorous way, that in small cities, girls from affluent families are very difficult to approach.”
It is important for a song to be shot in a certain way to connect with the audience, he says. “It takes a great deal of effort to compose a song. Some people understand a song by watching it, and others, by listening to it. Video is an integral part of a song. Its visuals enhances the beauty of the melody. When Nawaz sings and dances as part of the band, that is really fun to watch.”
The talented singer believes that this has been quite an eventful year for him. “I am absolutely elated to have had the opportunity to sing all the songs I have sung this year. There is a lot to achieve in life, and I want people to remember me for my work.”
For Shandilya, his ‘song of the year’ was the title track of Golmaal Again!!!. “I was waiting for this kind of song, something that would be as rocking as it was. I was singing a lot of desi, Punjabi songs, and I wanted something different. Thaman S recommended my name to Rohitji. I am very grateful to him.”
2018 is already looking bright for him. “I have a lot of projects lined up in 2018 like Happy Bhag Jayegi 2; and one of my solo tracks is coming up, called Shiv ki nagri.”