Music composer Rochak Kohli talks to Bhavi Gathani about the songs he has composed for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
The music of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (ELKDTAL) composed by music director Rochak Kohli is creating waves.
He says director Shelly Chopra Dhar wanted only one music director and only one lyricist for the entire film. “It’s a lot of hard work for one person to compose all the songs of a film. If we get only one or two songs from a film, it is easier. We get different vibes from different people and the onus is not on one composer. We can explore different forms and do a different array of songs. It’s a lot of fun. But when I heard this script, I loved it so much that I was open to doing anything for the film,” he recalls.
Talking about the challenges he faced while composing for the film, Kohli reveals, “We started in 2017 and, at that time, things were different. For instance, I did a dance song but in 2017, the vibe of dance and sounds used in such a song were different. If the film had released in 2019, it would sound dated. So I had to revamp the entire programming of the song just one month ago. I had to redo the whole song to put in fresh sounds.”
The composer throws light on the importance of the script of a film in making the songs. “It depends on the kind of song you are making. For the promotional songs, there is no point getting into the script. But sometimes the song demands a lot of emotion from the script. For example, the song Tera yaar hoon main (from the film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety). In these instances, when the song is tightly married to the script and if it takes the narrative forward, it is always good to have a narration of the script.”
Explaining why recreations are difficult to make, Kohli says, “Reworking a song or recreating it seems easy but it is actually very tough. You don’t know what to expect as it carries the positive legacy of the original song. These songs are part of people’s lives. They have grown up listening to them, they have memories attached to them and we can’t ruin that by approaching the song frivolously.”
The music director goes on to reveal details about other songs from ELKDTAL. “Gud naal ishq mitha is just out. In this song, we have used very organic instruments like the harmonium, mandolin, tabla and dholak to connect it to real weddings. The other song is Good morning. It’s got a vibe which says, ‘Let’s just go and start moving.’ The main song is called Chitthiye, with which we started the film. It carries the emotion of the film. The song is sung by Kanwar Grewal, a big name in the Punjabi Sufi space. He surprised all of us with his work and I think that is the best song of the film. That will probably come after the film releases because it carries the visuals of the story of the film. Then there is a party song. I really had a blast working on this film,” he says.