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With their catchy and unconventional tunes for the film ‘Go Goa Gone’, upcoming music directors Sachin-Jigar have stolen the show. The duo talks to Juanita Kakoty about their stint in showbiz.

Young music composers Sachin and Jigar have yet again captured the limelight with their Khoon Choos Le for Go Goa Gone becoming one of the most viewed videos on YouTube. Although the film is scheduled for release on May 10, the music album is already available on the stands.

Speaking about the popularity of the song, Jigar says, “You don’t expect these things to happen. You go with the flow. As soon as we had the ‘Monday’ concept, we were all kicked about it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t crib about Mondays. From a student to a sabjiwallah to the corporate guy to everybody who has relaxed or partied hard during the weekend, Monday blues are ready for attack as soon as the week starts. So, we simply had great fun working on this concept for the film.”

The song has been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and the comedy film featuring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari and Puja Gupta has been directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D K.

Talking about the album, an excited Jigar reveals, “I am really kicked about the responses coming in from all over for the songs Slowly Slowly and Khoon Choos Le. The Khooni Monday song in particular is not your regular antara-mukhra song. I want to see where it can take us and what limits of experimentation we can perform and get away with.”

The crazy track features Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari, and has been sung by Arjun Kanungo, Suraj Jagan and Priya Panchal.

The duo made a mark in the music scene with compositions for films including FALTU, Shor in the City, Hum Tum Aur Shabana and Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya — all within a brief period of two-three years. Yet, this is what Jigar conveys about their compositions, “All these compositions are our babies, so it is difficult to come up with a favourite. Yet, personally, I am very proud of Saibo (Shor in the City, 2011). We wanted to do it immediately after Char baj gaye lekin party abhi baki hai (FALTU, 2011). I had gotten used to hearing people say that Sachin and I are young and that we do the DJ type of music. So it was a great opportunity to do melody; and we are extremely proud of it. It proved that we can’t be typecast.” And to that he adds, “A composition comes out of thin air. It’s not like composing the music first and then placing lyrics in it, or having the lyrics before one sets a tune to it. We don’t decide what comes first — the music or the lyrics. We work around a concept, spending a lot of time brainstorming. Once the concept is ready, it becomes much easier.” This, perhaps, explains the versatility of the duo.

Their upcoming projects include Ramaiya Vastavaiya, a film by Prabhu Deva, where Jigar claims they get the chance to get into “that soft, romantic, melodious space again, since the film is a love story. It is going to be very different from the kind of music we have done for Go Goa Gone, which is mostly the non-commercial, parallel kind of music.” They are also working on the music for Maneesh Sharma’s next film with the Yash Raj banner, untitled yet, but featuring Parineeti Chopra and Sushant Singh Rajput.

When asked where he draws inspiration from, Jigar mentions, “It’s not just one particular source. It is about all the music you have been exposed to or you have grown up listening to. It could be a heavy metal band or it could be Ghulam Ali or it could be any music listened to the night before. But the fact is, you listen to some nice music and you want to make a nice song.”

Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya met through composer Amit Trivedi. “I was working with Rajesh Roshan, and Sachin was doing his independent stuff with television serials and theatre. Amit had worked with me for Rajesh Roshan and he had worked with Sachin too for a while. So that’s how Sachin and I got to know each other, and once we met we clicked and there was no turning back,” affirms Jigar. However, he admits that there are challenges while working as a pair. But that is more than compensated by the positive factors. “There are times when I run out of ideas and Sachin comes to the rescue, and vice-versa. It is a great feeling to know that someone takes care of you on your bad day. We are each other’s critics, yet, at the same time, it is great to see how a tune made by one of us is taken forward by the other.” And finally, he asserts that, as a composer duo, it is wonderful to be with somebody “who is like-minded, shares the same pace and is willing to experiment”.

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