How a song recorded for Gulzar gave birth to Vishal Bhardwaj’s music label


“There are so many songs that are waiting for their turn for years now. I needed an outlet to express myself where I record a song from my own money, make a video and if that money does not come back, it does not matter. He eventually sent the composition to the veteran poet-lyricist. “I told Gulzar sahab about my apprehension. It can restrict you. “It was a lot of coordination, but we have managed a song despite distance.”
Asked what was Gulzar’s reaction after the song released on July 6 on the label’s YouTube channel, Bhardwaj said the lyricist reminded him about his initial hesitation. Dhoop Aane Do brings back the winning trio of Bhardwaj as composer, Gulzar as lyricist and singer Rekha Bhardwaj, who is also the director’s wife. Director-composer Vishal Bhardwaj says he always dreamt of owning a record label dedicated to non-film music and Gulzar’s “Dhoop Aane Do”, a poem about hope amid the coronavirus pandemic, helped him realise it. The director, who started his journey as a composer and received acclaim with Gulzar’s 1996 film “Maachis”, said under his eponymous label, he aims to release one song a month and explore all the possibilities that the restrictive format of cinema does not allow him. With the pandemic making it difficult for people to venture out of their homes, Bhardwaj said the process of recording the song was “challenging but satisfying”. Bhardwaj, also a poet, hopes to tie his words into music eventually. He asked me ‘Why don’t you record it?’” the director told PTI in a Zoom interview. “Film music is very rich in our country, it is a part of our culture but there is one problem, it does not give space to any other kind of genre or music like classical, thumri or ghazal. There are Sufi songs of Rekha, some thumri songs that Gulzar sahab wrote for her. I feel it is a great phase for my music. This is why, the director said, he had resisted such offers in the past, but “Dhoop Aane Do” seemed “heartfelt and internal”. They have collaborated on many hit songs in the past, most famous ones being “Namak” in Bhardwaj’s 2006 directorial Omkara and “Darling” from 7 Khoon Maaf in 2011. He said, ‘You are overthinking. Bhardwaj loved the poem and during a walk he started thinking of lending a tune to those words. “I have been a musician for a long time and I wanted to do songs that could not be measured by likes and dislikes. “He heard it and said ‘it is very beautiful’. By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: July 14, 2020 6:54:59 pm

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“It is a non-commercial platform for me where I can express the texture of my being or the call of my soul. They are composed just for fun and are complete in the emotion they want to convey.”
Bhardwaj, who is best known for his modern-day adaptations of Shakespearian tragedies ‘Macbeth’ as “Maqbool” in 2003, ‘Othello’ as “Omkara” and ‘Hamlet’ as “Haider” in 2014, said unlike movies, which require a huge budget, creating a song is not that challenging financially. This label is to explore the inner soul of my music,” he said. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. What happens is that a lot of trash also comes out to exploit the emotion of the tragedy,” he said. “Whenever some tragedy happens in our society, many songs come out. I had made some musical changes and because of that, he readjusted his lyrics. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Then came the question of releasing it,” he said. God has given me enough for my music. He had to re-learn all the software, record the voice, sing and then coordinate with other musicians, he added. Just record it for me’. I want to explore more music in me now,” he added. There are poems by Gulzar and thumri-based songs that the Hindi cinema veteran wrote for Rekha Bhardwaj in the offing. When the song was recorded, I also started feeling nice about it. “Now that people like it, he keeps telling me ‘Kitna achcha gaana bana hai aur tum taiyyaar nahin the’ (It’s turned out to be such a beautiful song and you were not even ready),” he said. I really dislike it though there have been some great songs like ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ by Lata ji during the Indo-China War. There was something unusual about it. “For a long time, I had this dream of owning a record label, so I decided this is the song I should open my label with. Bhardwaj, 54, said he liked the idea, but as someone who has always been averse to songs that mark a tragic event, he was hesitant. I want to record music with my favourite singers like Rashid Khan ji, Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan,” he said. I can take that much loss.