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    Rajesh Roshan: “I remixed my songs out of anger”

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Saturday, June 24, 2006
    He is a weaver of unmatched melodies. And for the last four decades he has churned out some great music in classic films like ‘Kunwara Baap’, ‘Julie’, ‘Des Pardes’, ‘Mr Natwarlal’, ‘Yaarana’, ‘Jurm’, ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and with his latest offering ‘Krrish’ breaking new records in music sales, Rajesh Roshan continues to rule the Chartbusters List. Son of timeless music composer Roshan and younger brother of hotshot filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, Rajesh prefers doing less but quality work. In an exclusive interview with IndiaGlitz the day when nephew Hrithik Roshan propelled ‘Krrish’ released in cinema halls the world over, Rajesh Roshan unwinds in a cheerful mood:

    How has been the response to ‘Krrish’ for the first day?

    The response is very good. And judging by the first day’s response, ‘Krrish’ is all set to be a super duper hit. It’s great news for all of us.

    Music of ‘Krrish’ has been received very well by the public while the critics have appreciated the variety offered by you

    Variety was the demand of the story. The first half of the film is based in village and so there had to be that folk element woven into the story. The second half of the film is shot in Singapore where we had to have music according to the city taste. So, somewhere we had to find a middle road for making the music of this film. I can say it is a mixture of Indian as well as Western flavors.

    You've been around for the last four decades and still going strong. What is the secret of your longevity?

    God is kind. I have done less work, selected work. I work at a leisurely pace. And that may be the reason why I lay a lot of importance on the quality of my music.

    What are some of your best works in your appraisal?

    Kunwara Baap, Julie, Mr Natwarlal, Yaraana, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Jurm to name a few. ‘Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye’ from ‘Jurm’ is one of my favorites.

    Who have been your musical influences?

    Old songs of S D Burman, Madan Mohan ji, My father Roshan Sahab and Shankar-Jaikishan are a few of my inspirations.

    Your compositions are mostly Western and Folk. Do you think it limited you somehow?

    In every decade, when generations change, new things come about. I was more influenced by the light western disco numbers. And that became my style. My songs from ‘Julie’ are still listened with great interest. So many people have remixed them. Therein lies my success that the context which I chose for myself has given inspiration to others to follow.

    Who are the music directors of the current era whom you like?

    I like Anu Malik, Himesh Reshamiya, A R Rehman, Pritam and Jatin-Lalit.

    You’ve remixed two of your own songs in ‘Krrish’ and the end result is great.

    I remixed my songs out of anger as I was not sure as to what somebody else might have done with my songs. These days, they just put a ‘Dhikchik Dhikchik’ in the name of remixing which I don’t find acceptable.

    What other projects are you working on currently?

    I am working on one or two films and I shall make the announcements at the right time.

    You worked with Javed Akhtar in ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ but now you prefer taking new lyricists. Any particular reason for that?

    It is easier to mould new writers. Since they are new, they work extra hard to give the best results.

    Your nephew Hrithik Roshan has done an extraordinary job in ‘Krrish’. How does it feel?

    He is a hardworking boy who takes his work seriously. It’s good to have this trait in a youngster. But not only him, everyone worked very hard on ‘Krrish’ and the results are there for everyone to see. Hope the next few days continue to remain the same as today.

    Hrithik likes your music very much

    He told me that he has copied all my songs from various films on CDs and that he listens to them constantly. According to him, my rhythm is simple and that’s what he likes about my music.


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