Music composer Shekhar Ravjiani may have given many hit scores for Bollywood films but his dream composition is for megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
The 35-year-old artiste, who as a part of music duo Vishal-Shekhar has composed award-winning scores for films like ‘Jhankar Beats’, ‘Student of the Year’ and ‘Chennai Express’, wants to cut an independent single with the legendary actor.
“My dream is to take out a single with Amitabh Bachchan. I am his fan and love his voice. An independent song, not a film track with and for him is my ultimate dream. I would be happiest if that happens,” Shekhar told PTI in an interview.
The singer-music director, whose latest rendition of Hanuman Chalisa was launched by the 71-year-old actor, says he shares a warm relationship with Bachchan.
“He has always wished me luck for all the previous songs of mine. I used to send my songs to him after recording and he would respond with positive messages. So, this time I knew he had to launch this single. I asked him and he sweetly obliged. Nothing can better this,” Shekhar said.
The musician feels a great affinity towards independent songs as they give him personal satisfaction.
“Independent singles are what I want to do at a personal level. They are not ambitious in nature. I don’t want fame from them but if people like them, I feel nice,” he said.
The ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ is Shekhar’s fourth song after his Marathi singles ‘Saazni’ (2012), ‘Saavli’ and Telugu work ‘Butterfly’, both in 2013.
“Hanuman Chalisa is again something I have always loved and believed in, hence released in the form of a single.
“My grandmother wanted me to compose and sing a version of this prayer and though she is not with us today, wherever she is, she must be smiling. I feel blessed to have made this song and the response has made me feel even better,” Shekhar said.
Different versions of Tulsidas’ Hanuman Chalisa released in the past have been popular with public and though Shekhar is in no mood to challenge them, he believes his is different from all the old renditions.
“All the artistes, who have done work on this prayer, have done it beautifully and I respect their versions.
“I am not here to compete but mine is different as it is more spiritual in nature than religious and more meditative, which the youth can connect easily with, as they are generally considered to be uninterested in devotional songs,” he said.
The ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ music composer says he now wishes to sing in a North Eastern language and Punjabi.
“I want to sing in as many languages as I can. A North Eastern language is on my wish list. I feel through these songs, I get introduced to a different type of listeners and as an artiste it is very satisfying,” he said.