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Chat Anu Malik talks about his latest hits from Shootout at Wadala

Bubbly TUNES!Anu Malik with Sanjay Gupta
Bubbly TUNES!Anu Malik with Sanjay Gupta

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

You have made a comeback after a long time.

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

How does it feel to see your songs trending once again?

I’m pretty excited. The credit goes to Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor for having faith in me. I was supposed to do only one special song ; however, after seeing some scenes I asked the name of John Abraham’s character in the film. Sanjay told me it was Manya Surve. I went back home, pondered, and came up with the line ‘Aala rey aala Manya aala’ and then gradually formed the mukhra in my mind and that’s how the composition took shape.

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.

Having judged popular reality shows, do you think the winners can make it big? Also, why aren’t you a judging Indian Idol Junior ?

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 judges’ panel 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 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.

ANKITA MITRA

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