Music composers Sachet-Parampara have hit the big league following their notable work in the blockbuster, Kabir Singh. They spoke to Joanne D’silva about their hits Bekhayali and Mere sohneya and how they created the two soulful tracks
How has your journey in Bollywood been so far?
Parampara: Our journey has been like a roller coaster ride! We were very happy to start with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha as it was a very big film for us. And we were, of course, nervous because it was Akshay Kumar sir’s film. We were tensed but had a good team who helped us to get through the entire film and then gradually we evolved as artistes.
Sachet: Later on, we were working on Kabir Singh and when we met the director, Sandeep Reddy Vanga things changed, we got the brief and Bekhayali and Mere sohneya happened.
Your track Bekhayali has worked its magic by winning hearts of millions of music buffs. Did you expect this euphoria?
Parampara: Somewhere we had the feeling but we were not too stubborn on our belief that it should definitely be a chartbuster. We just created the song and left it to our audience. Actually, multiple things got combined together- the whole team, the actor, director, the script, music and therefore the song turned out to be a hit. From the start in the trailer, the song has been treated excellently. Also, from the film, it was the first song that was released and it is also about the character’s emotions. So, of course, that really helped the song to become so big.
Would you say that the album of the film is a game-changer of sorts for you because all of them are original songs and all of them are chartbusters?
Sachet: I don’t think we should treat it as a game-changer. But yes, it was something new for everyone. Even the character Kabir was different. We have to follow whatever the director tells us. So, it all depends on the director’s vision.
Parampara: It has become a game-changer because we never thought it would be like this. And you can’t expect too many things because in the end what you think sometimes eventually doesn’t happen. So, it is better to create and leave it and it will see the light one day. Also, what will happen in the near future is not in our hands, what’s in our hands is to create good music and what best we can give to the audience.
What was the brief given to you by Sandeep Reddy Vanga about the soundtrack?
Sachet: He wanted like five different emotions and wanted a character-based song in different situations. He gave us a brief about Bekhayali. He told us that he wanted a main song for the film. He also told us about Kabir Singh’s character, that he is an angry person who is madly in love.
Parampara: About the timing, it was a big discussion while making music with the team. They were like who would listen to such a long song in this era? They said within three minutes, usually all the song end and here we made a seven-minute long song.
Sachet: Yes, even we thought about a lot whether we should release it with a six-minute soundtrack or seven-minute one.
Parampara: But when we go live, we feel so happy because people are singing every single line of the song. I think, a six-seven minute song is the best feeling. The song is also written beautifully by Irshad Kamil. So, it was very important to capture the emotions.
The lyrics of the songs are hugely appreciated. How was it collaborating with Irshad Kamil?
Sachet: It was a team effort. Irshad came after the compositions were done. So, we made the melodies first and then, later on, to uplift the music pieces, words are equally important.
Parampara: It was the team’s decision to get Irshad on board and according to the film’s vision the director also thought that he would write the emotions well. We were really happy to get him on board.
Kabir Singh is an official remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy. What musical references did you take from the original film?
Sachet: Nothing because for the Bollywood audience, their taste in music is completely different as compared to the South audience.
Parampara: We both are really fond of South music, you discover fresh tunes. And we keep listening to South music but we work for the Hindi film industry so we always want to know what everyone likes in terms of sound, lyrics, composition and we want to deliver our work pan-India. There was no reference taken as such but for the reference our hearts gave us, and we accordingly went ahead with it.
Sachet: The character steals you away and so we understood what we have to deliver to our audience. We wanted to make a song that reaches our audiences’ hearts. The director’s vision is the key thing here as he is the captain of the ship who reaches the film to the audiences’ hearts by choosing a certain road.
Parampara: When we met Shahid (Kapoor) sir, Bhushan (Kumar) sir and the team, the potential reach of the song was really amazing and everybody loved it. Kiara Advani was really fond of Mere sohneya and Bekhayali both.
Tell us about your future projects.
Parampara: There are a lot of films that we have recently signed, work for which are still going on. They will all release in a few months.
Sachet: I’m looking forward to Ajay Devgn’s film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.
Parampara: Yes, that is a period film with some grand music and the songs are quite different.