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I, me and my songs

Ankita Mitra
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Bubbly boy! Anu Malik with Sanjay Gupta.
PTI Bubbly boy! Anu Malik with Sanjay Gupta.

Anu Malik talks about his latest songs from “Shootout at Wadala”

Habits never change and in this case... Anu Malik won’t, ever. After hogging the small screen as a judge and becoming ‘popular’ for his rhyming poetry, this much loved and hated music composer and singer is back after a long break; this time with his latest songs “Babli Badmash Hai” and “Aala Re Aala” in Shootout At Wadala hitting the charts. Here, Anu Malik talks about his songs, reality television and of course ‘himself.’

Excerpts from the interview:

You have made a comeback after a long time.

Initially, I was supposed to do the background score but got caught up for the Mumbai Indians’ matches, so unfortunately I couldn’t do it. However, the good news is two of my compositions, “Babli Badmash Hai” and “Aala Re Aala”, have hit it off and are already rocking the charts. Background music is serious work. It is about understanding the situation. Today, with the help of technology, background score has conquered a new high and the creative process has evolved amazingly.

How do you feel about As you said your songs the fact that “Babli Badmash Hai” and “Aala Re Aala” from “Shootout at Wadala” are are trending, how do you feel about it?

I’m pretty excited about that since I’m coming in as a composer after quite some time. I would like to give a lot of credit to Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor for having faith in me. I was supposed to do only one special song earlier; however, after seeing some scenes I asked the name of John’s character in the film. Sanjay said it was Manya, which is Maharashtrian. I went back home, pondered, and came up with the line ‘Aala rey aala Manya aala’ and gradually formed the mukhra in my mind and that’s how the composition came up.

How do you see the item numbers?

As far as both these songs are concerned, there are no vulgar words and there is a lot of melody in it. It is the 52nd year of my life and it has been the biggest fight back to get these songs on board.

After being on reality television for quite some time now, do you think the winners actually get a chance to shine? Also, why aren’t you a judge for “Indian IdolJunior”?

I don’t think they fade away. You have the likes of Rahul Vaidya, to whom success and recognition came only after Indian Idol. Abhijeet Sawant is still around, and Sriram has sung loads of songs. I am not on the Indian Idol Junior panel as a judge this time as there are some new judges. But yes, I’ve had a great journey with the show for six seasons and they call me the ‘face of the Indian idol,’ It is a great thing to be loved by the masses and remembered. I believe that I brought in a new flavour in terms of impromptu shayari and my honest comments.

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