‘We have seen the original Agneepath a good 200 times’

Melodious music has always been the USP of Hindi films and Karan Johar’s latest offering, Agneepath is no different. The music has been climbing up the charts gradually and composer duo Ajay-Atul are happy, to say the least.

“Composing music for a film isn’t independent from the process of film-making — one needs to be clued in about the plot, the sound requirements, the mood — only then can one create music that works. For Agneepath, we needed to study Vijay Chauhan’s character well — his thoughts and sufferings. Of course, it’s a different matter altogether that we have seen the original film as many as 200 times,” explains Atul, adding, “But most importantly, as composers, we need to keep the audience in mind.” The composer brothers, who had earlier composed for films like Singham and My Friend Pinto, feel it’s essential to make best use of the opportunities that come one’s way. “We have always tried our best to justify the situations we have composed songs for and Singham was a vibrant example of the same. In fact, the music of My Friend Pinto too was very contemporary, but somehow it got lost,” informs Atul. And this does hurt. “We make it a point to work on one film at a time — to be able to dedicate and devote all our energies and creativity into it. It’s upsetting when the music doesn’t get appreciated,” he confesses.

Agneepath will be their first film with Dharma Productions and Atul is hoping for the best from this association. “Actor Riteish Deshmukh suggested our names to Karan Johar (producer) and Karan Malhotra (director). He is aware of our music in Marathi films and thought our sound would suit the film,” states Atul. Their Marathi film Jogwa won them a National Award for Music in 2008, a first for a film in the language, apart from singers Hariharan and Shreya Ghoshal winning National Award for playback.

Atul, two years older to Ajay, sees their pair sticking together. “And that’s because we don’t overburden each other. He’s more a friend than my younger brother — we have our individual egos sorted and in place. That’s why we are known as Ajay-Atul,” he signs off.

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