‘We can’t com­pose a Jalebi Bai’

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They have com­posed mu­sic for films such as Black Fri­day (2004), Hulla (2008) and most-re­cently Masaan. How­ever, Delhi-based band In­dian Ocean is yet to com­pose mu­sic for a big ban­ner Bol­ly­wood film. Bassist

Rahul Ram (right) ex­plains that the band is open to mak­ing mu­sic for Hindi films, and not re­stricted to com­pos­ing only for so­cially rel­e­vant projects.

“In­dian Ocean is open to com­pos­ing mu­sic for all kinds of films in Bol­ly­wood,” Rahul says, adding, “The only prob­lem is that I don’t think we have the mu­si­cal di­ver­sity to com­pose for a Bol­ly­wood film. I mean, I will not be able to do jus­tice to item num­bers if they ask us to com­pose one. We are mu­si­cians, so we cer­tainly can dish out a song, but com­pos­ing a Jalebi Bai or Sheila Ki Jawani? I don’t think we’ll be able to do a good job as a band.”

Ram, who com­posed a par­ody of the pop­u­lar Mere Samne Wali Khidki (Pa­dosan, 1968) re­cently, fur­ther ex­plains that un­like pop­u­lar mu­sic com­posers such as AR Rah­man and Vishal-Shekhar, they don’t have a wide range. “You lis­ten to Kabhi Kabhi Aditi (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) by AR Rah­man. Then you lis­ten to Pappu Can’t Dance Sala from the same film. His songs are all awe­somely spec­tac­u­lar, and he has such a wide range of mu­sic. Sim­i­larly, Vishal-Shekhar. Vishal comes from a rock ‘n’ roll back­ground, while Shekhar is a clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cian. So imag­ine the va­ri­ety they have. We don’t have that... that’s why I think we’re not of­fered many films,” he signs off.

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