Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alia Bhatt-Starrer Gangubai Has a Unique Musical Score, Here’s Why
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alia Bhatt-Starrer Gangubai Has a Unique Musical Score, Here’s Why

Contrary to rumours, Sanjay Leela Bhansali won’t be using the songs of the shelved project Inshallah for his Gangubai

There are whispers in the industry that Sanjay Leela  Bhansali will be using the songs from Inshallah in his alternate  project  Gangubai Kathiawadi. But the fact is, the filmmaker-composer  is busy  composing an entirely new soundtrack  for Gangubai. “There’s nothing in common  between  Inshallah and Gangubai Kathiawadi except Alia Bhatt. While SLB’s  music  and songs  for Inshallah  were  soft romantic ballads, here in Gangubai he’s going in quite  an  opposite direction. The  songs  in Gangubai will be raw earthy  and folksy.  For  the  first time  SLB is doing a  folk-based  music  score,”  says  a source close to  the  director.

Are  we  moving towards  a trend of  film directors serving as  their own  music providers? Satyajit Ray is  the  only example of  a major filmmaker in the past  who  composed  music for his own films.  

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Says  Bhansali, “There is  a genuine music composer dormant in many filmmakers. Raj Saab (Raj Kapoor) used  to compose a lot  of his music in his own head. Then he would share his  creations with Shankar-Jaikishan  who would then  mould the  compositions into a sophisticated work of  art. Another great  filmmaker, the underrated  Raj Khosla was  a singer-composer  who collaborated with  Laxmikant-Pyarealal for some  fabulous  music.”

As a music composer Bhansali admits his  greatest inspiration  impetus and  motivator  is Lata Mangeshkar. “My greatest  compliment  as a music composer  came to me from my idol Lataji  for the music of Bajirao Mastani .  Lataji has inspired all my films. She told me that the Latpat latpat opening of my Pinga song was  from her song in V Shantaram’s Amar Bhoopali.Lataji said she liked my songs and the way I’ve filmed them. Then she affectionately said, ‘Aapne mera Latpat latpat utha liya.’ I humbly submit that it is indeed true.”

Bhansali  says there  are other influences simmering seductively in the soundtrack. “I am also proud to say that the number Deewani mastani is completely inspired by Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s style of  composition. Bajirao Mastani is a tribute to the voice of Lataji, the music of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the cinema of K Asif and V Shantaram. I am very proud to have absorbed all these influences.”

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