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''With KILL DIL, Shaad Ali has hit the bull's eye,'' admit Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy

November 5, 2014 2:44:49 PM IST
By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
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Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonza started off their journey by composing music for DIL CHAHTA HAI and since then there has been no looking back for them. With almost two decades of experience, the ‘Three Muskateers' as Gulzar Sahab calls them, have indeed created their own space! In an hour long conversation, Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy get candid about their latest film KILL DIL, working with Shaad Ali and Gulzar Sahab again in our special section Music Mania! Read on...


You started the year with 2 STATES and now you are back with KILL DIL. How do you manage to shift gears with music?

The mother ship is always the script. The directors won't make the film without it and the actors won't act without it. The music takes up the whole essence of the script. We don't have a bank of 100 songs which a director can use. Luckily we function on an empty bank account and thus we understand a script before we begin composing. You can't put the songs of ROCK ON into MY NAME IS KHAN. Like Rahman, we have all worked in advertising for years and there you have to work with a certain amount of discipline. We have worked in that background and we maintain our schema of work the same.

Shankar: We are more of music designers than music composers. We design music for a film.

Ehsaan: The music of ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBAARA is tailor made for them. You cannot fit any other film with that music.

Has it ever happened where one of you has liked a script and others haven't?

There have been times when all three haven't liked scripts unanimously (laughs).

Ehsaan: I think it basically is a gut feeling. We have heard a lot of scripts and refused a lot of films and believe me terrible scripts. Those films have not even been made thankfully. The films we have left haven't done well either. So, we do get a gut feeling.

Shankar: When a film starts off, music is the first that picks up about it. You have an association with the director, the producer, the technical team for almost a year or more. The first thing you gauge when someone comes with a script is whether it is possible to spend one and half years with this person. It is not only the film but the kind of people you meet. After 18 years of being here, it is more about enjoying the experience. When Shaad came with KILL DIL, we knew it will be a big party all the way. It is the whole experience, Gulzar Sahab coming, we will have lunch, hang out together, talk about food, crack dirty jokes.

How much has Shaad changed since BUNTY AUR BABLI?

Shaad has changed a lot. He knows addresses of more restaurants from where we can order food (laughs). As a technician, he has changed a lot but as a person, there is zero change.

Ehsaan: But change is inevitable. You meet your success, your flops, your losses and understand what went wrong, where we went wrong. You grow better! In my opinion, Shaad has got this film perfect. When we watched the first cut while doing the background, we laughed our guts off. This one he has hit bull's eye.

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