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Interviews |  23 Aug 2021 15:31 |  By Namrata Kale

'Hanjugam' is one of the biggest songs of my career: Gourov Dasgupta on composing a romantic track

Composer Gourov Dasgupta whose known for his composition in movies like Kaabil, Total Dhamaal, Mubarakaan, to name a few spoke to Radioandmusic about his recent track from the movie 'Bhuj : The Pride of India'. This year is surely the best year for Gourov as he went on from being a solo composer to releasing tracks like 'Saiyyonee' (single featuring Azim Riaz), Ishq Namaza from The Big Bull and Gypsy Guitar' from Hello Charlie, Rang Dariya.

Currently, Gourov has delivered one of the best romantic track of the season 'Hanjugam' starring Ajay Devgn and sung by Jubin Nautiyal where he has spoken about his experience with us.

Check interview below.

Hanjugam is the only love track in 'Bhuj : The Pride of India' what was the brief given to you before you created it?

Well, for Hanjugam there was no brief given to me. I was working on The Big Bull with Kookie Gulati and Hanjugam is something which I had already made and it was in my bank. When Ajay sir heard it, he immediately took it for Bhuj. We did not have to change a thing about it, the lyrics, the arrangement, the composition was taken just as it was.

It is said that Ajay Devgn has re-shot the song for three days as he wanted to include your composition in the film? As a composer how does it feel?

Yes, Ajay sir loved the song a lot and so did director Abhishek Dudhaiya. They wanted the song for the film but had already shot another track for the situation. It was Ajay sir who believed in the song enough for him to reshoot it for over 3 days at Mehboob studios. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed.

This year has been really great for you, with back-to- back releases. What else are you working on?

Well, the universe has been kind. I've had a lot of turmoil in the personal space and I’m trying to step out of it even as we speak. Thankfully, career wise a lot of great songs which were very close to me, have seen the light of day. This year finally I'm back as Gourov Dasgupta which was always the way it was and it should have been. Saiyyonee with Sony Music was out, then theres Dream Mein Entry with Saregama and I had Hello Charlie releasing with excel entertainment, The big bull and Bhuj now. I also have a couple of other films coming up like Chehre with Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi and some more exciting stuff in the pipeline.

This is your third collaboration with Ajay Devgn, what makes it such a hit combo and tell us something about your music sessions.

Yes, this is my third collaboration with Ajay sir, first was total dhamaal of course with Indra Kumar ji. I remember Ajay sir loved all the songs we did for Total Dhamaal. We met a lot of times on the set and he told me that whenever there's an opportunity, we would work together, and he kept his word which is amazing and that hardly happens here in the industry. After Total Dhamaal, there was The Big Bull which was produced by Ajay Sir and I was called upon to work on the soundtrack. We had two brilliant tracks Ishq Namazaa which is my personal favourite and Hawaon Ke sheher mein. Then of-course, Hanjugam happened and Im really looking forward to working with Ajay sir more often.

Jubin is one of the finest singers we have, how was it working with him? And why did you feel that his voice will be best for Hanjugam.

Jubin, I call him chote ustad, as we go back a long way much before he was Jubin Nautiyal - the way you guys know him. I've been very close to his family and I've gone and stayed at his place in Dehradun and he's just a lovely boy and I am very fond of him. We worked together on Kaabil and at the time he was going through a lot of stress because of a certain record label. But then he finally made the best decision of his life and came on board with T-Series and you know he's number one all the way. I am very proud of him and we've always been willing to work on songs together. I believe in right time and right place and Hanjugam is one of the biggest songs of my career. I wouldn’t have had it any other way than Jubin singing it. I hope we can work on many other songs together.

What genre of music do you enjoy composing and what is the genre that you’d like to work on next?

Well, I basically come from a heavy metal background, I love listening to rock and metal or I'm listening to my daughter's nursery rhyme, so that's what I listen to. When it comes to composing, I think I'm obviously more of a ballad kind of a guy, I love making love ballads and if the song is about love and heartbreak, I think most musicians, enjoy doing that and I think that’s where my core strength lies but once in a while 'Dream mein entry’ or ‘Mungda’ comes along and I surprise myself. I would love to experiment a lot more with the music but all in good time depending on the situation. Sometimes even if you make something experimental a lot of people can't digest it and it becomes difficult to put it out there unless you are doing your own independent stuff and your content. I am happy with things now and God has been kind, I have a lot of good stuff coming out.