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News |  03 Sep 2018 13:06 |  By RnMTeam

Atif Aslam delivers 'O Meri Laila' perfectly, says composer

MUMBAI:  Joi Barua wanted the song O Meri Laila to be carried forward with heroism, which was innocent and its singer Atif Aslam delivered that perfectly, says the composer.

Speaking about the same,  Joi Barua said, "I think it was very easy working with him. He had been travelling for a while, but once he got down to it, it just came together so beautifully. Even though this was a title track, I wanted this to be carried forward with heroism, which was innocent.”

"Because the context of love here is timeless, beyond life or death, beyond feelings of sadness, cynicism or even mere contentment. Just to celebrate the fact that love existed, that it could all be love. To celebrate the fact that one could be completely immersed in it. That is what Atif delivered perfectly," Barua told IANS in an email interview.

The song is from the forthcoming film Laila Majnu.

"Imtiaz Ali and his brother Sajid Ali have been cognizant and appreciative of my music for a while now. We've worked together in the recent past. They loved my Assamese music. About three years ago when they were working on the script of Laila Majnu, they got me involved in it," he said.

“It came as a surprise to him,” he further added.

Considering it was set in contemporary Kashmir, a place I had never experienced, a culture I was not aware of, the story was a bit alien to me. But it just meant I had to dive deeper into what I didn't understand.

"As Kashmiris are, we people from the northeast India are also far from the central perspective of most things 'Indian'. I understood the importance of representing a culture and people. And I think they understood this," he said.

The Assamese artiste, who had worked in the 2014 Bollywood film Margarita with a Straw and Sanjay Suri's birthday song last year, does not frequently compose or sing songs for Hindi movies.

“I wanted to do other things and also wanted my music to find more meaning within and without. My time in Mumbai, all the work with advertising, movie backgrounds, songs, my own personal music, there was a time I felt that the music I was doing, needed another direction. Also wanted to break away and explore things which were completely different from the route I had taken so far. Certain things do come to happen to your life, and you feel like the sky going grey but only briefly, before new horizons clear up for you,” he told.

When asked if it was worth it, the composer further explained, “Yes, absolutely. It added dimensions to my life and work, personally. And I also see a ripple effect on the music community back home. Suddenly, there are a lot of artists who are not taking their music for granted, but as a means of social expression too.”

 "It's like the floodgates are slowly opening. If artists are successful in holding up the correct mirror to society, the society changes. The world becomes a better place," he signed off.

(Source: IANS)