Pakistani band making music for 'Spiderman-2'

By Viral Bhayani, IANS
24 Jun, 2004 30:05:00 AM
A Hindi composition by the Pakistani band Strings will feature on the soundtrack of the upcoming Hollywood film "Spiderman 2".

"Earlier this year, Sony Pictures got in touch with us and said they wanted to include one of our Hindi songs," band member Faisal Kapadia told IANS.

"This happened when we had just signed a deal for an album with Sony Music in India, which is the official licensee of Columbia Records that released the earlier soundtrack of 'Spiderman'. So things worked out well."

The new album, called "Dhaani", was released in India where Strings already has a fan following.

Strings has evolved from the 'college kids' image in 1990 to a leading, mature one. But this is not an overnight transformation or success story.

Their 13-year journey in the music world boasts of several milestones. Hit singles like "Sar Ki Yeh Pahaar" and "Duur" not only created commercial history but also set standards for the pop/rock industry in general.

"Sony Pictures is using our latest song, 'Najanay Kyun' from our album 'Dhaani'. This song will be used both in the soundtrack and the movie ('Spiderman 2') in one of the scenes. We are also shooting a music video which will have clips from the movie," said Kapadia, who was here with his partner Bilal for a six-city tour of India.

The film's soundtrack will be released worldwide July 7.

Apart from South Asia, Kapadia and Bilal have also earned a name in Britain, North America and the Middle East.

"'Dhaani' is our title song," says Kapadia. "It means light green colour, which symbolises freshness as we believe the album has a very fresh sound," Bilal added.

Sony Music managing director Shridhar Subramaniam said: "We are very proud and pleased to release the latest Strings offering -- 'Dhaani'. I personally am a great fan of the band and their music. Their sound is refreshing and unique. The band has a very strong and loyal fan base and we are committed to expand that by aggressively promoting them in India."

The album boasts of the best lyrics and compositions that have become a Strings signature. However, one aspect that sets the new album apart from their earlier four is its foot-tapping music.

The album is being described as a journey that takes one from ethnic Indian sounds to the world of funk, jazz and rock -- the eclectic blend being another Strings signature.