Composer Rochak Kohli on his new song and the Amitabh Bachchan effect
After listening to about 150 songs, producer and writer of Wazir, Vidhu Vinod Chopra zeroed in on Atrangi Yaari. It was submitted by one of the composers of music publishing house FarOut Media — Rochak Kohli. The song all set to release on December 25, has grabbed attention as it is sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. Kohli made a smashing debut with Pani Da from Vicky Donor and since then has composed Bollywood songs and singles, including the recently released Yahin Hoon Main in collaboration with Ayushmann Khurrana.
“After Vidhu sir selected the song, we jammed at his house for two and a half days to flesh it out. His enthusiastic input came in the form of lyrics,” divulges Kohli, who shares how Chopra changed the phrase khud ki khabar to khud ki dagar. But collaborating with Big B was the high point for the 32-year-old composer. “Sir suggested that after the mukdha, we ought to repeat its first two lines. When I explained that it would take away the surprise element that the chorus has to offer, he understood my view and went with it seamlessly,” says the Chandigarh-based composer of the song written by lyricist Deepak Ramola and Gurpreet Saini.
Lyricst duo Ramola and Saini have kept the lyrics conversational and have tried to bring in a certain cheekiness with the lyrics, “Throughout the song, Akhtar keeps trying to take a dig at Bachchan sir and he gives back in equal measure while in the background, the dry strumming by Kohli brings in the breezy element,” say Ramola and Saini.
Atrangi Yaari will be out on December 25. Wazir releases on January 7, 2016.