It is like a dream come true to recreate the Agneepath aura, say Ajay-Atul
Action films are usually about muscle power and stunts, but Karan Johar’s remake of Bollywood classic Agneepath provided many sequences for songs, according to National Award-winning composer duo Ajay-Atul. “Normally in action films, you don’t get many situations where you can add songs. If you see action films, where’s the scope for music? Even the original Agneepath had three or four songs,” Atul Gogavale said on behalf of the duo. “Our album has six songs, and we have tried to maintain a good variety with one intense Ganpati song, one qawwali, one romantic number, another song capturing the emotions of a brother and sister… We wanted to give this album our best because it is very special for us,” he added.
Ajay-Atul entered the film industry in 2004. They primarily composed for Marathi films, and earned acclaim for their tunes in the 2009 film Jogwa, for which they won a National Award. They have even composed for Bollywood albums like Viruddh, My Friend Pinto and Singham. But Agneepath, the music rights of which are with Sony Music, is close to their heart for a reason. “We have watched the original Agneepath at least 200 times. We are so inspired by the aura of that movie and by Mukul S Anand’s background score and can relate with the story so much, that we knew exactly what kind of music we wanted to create for the remake. It is almost like a dream come true to recreate that aura, especially because we are such big fans of the film. We wanted to keep the same grandeur of music that people used to listen to in the 1980s, which is missing nowadays. So we used a lot of live instruments and a lot of percussion to bring that feeling alive,” said Atul.
Their spicy song Chikni Chameli, a Hindi version of their own Marathi hit Kombadi palali, is already a rage on all music channels and radio stations. The duo is glad that through the movie, they have got the chance to take their Marathi tune beyond regional cinema. “Chikni Chameli is a great move for Marathi cinema because you never had so much confluence of talent within India. The song is very peppy, and Karan Johar wanted us to do a Hindi version of it for the film. Of course, Katrina Kaif’s dance has added to it and we are glad with the way it has been received,” he added. Agneepath features Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt in key roles. The movie, directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, will release January 26 next year.