‘Nil Battey Sannata’ was a very good launch for us: music composers Rohan and Vinayak
MUMBAI: Music composers Rohan Utpat and Vinayak Salvi, who have given music to as many as 400-500 commercials, recently made their way to 70mm with Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. The songwriting duo are best known for their 2015 ICC World Cup song “Mauka Mauka”. They not only composed the music for this recently released film, but they also provided the background music.
“When Ashwini approached us to work on a movie song, we immediately got to work. The first song we worked on was ‘Maa’. She liked the scratch and we worked on the rest,” Rohan said.
Vinayak added, “She knew our area of expertise as we worked on various projects together.”
Tiwari not only gave Rohan and Vinayak the freedom to experiment with the music, but she also let them select the singers and lyricist for the songs. “The mandate given to us was to shape the music in the Indian space while keeping it rustic and contemporary,” Vinayak said.
With the dossier in hand, the composers created – ‘Murabba’, ‘Maths Mein Dabba Gul’ and ‘Maula’.
Rohan also sang “Maths Mein Dabba Gul” with singer Aarti Shena. “Aarti is a friend of mine. So we sang the scratch together, then we tried to get other singers to sing the song. But, everyone felt it sounded better in our voice,” Rohan said.
The duo also experimented with the other songs by adding elements of hatke. They brought in Neuman Pinto to sing ‘Murabba’ because the composer jodi wanted it to sound more western. In ‘Maa’, a male voice was used instead of a female voice just to make it sound a bit different in this female-centric film.
‘Maula’ is the one song that Rohan and Vinayak tried to keep simple because they just wanted a beautiful voice to do the magic. They roped Nandini Srikar for this song.
“Nil Battey Sannata” did well at the box office, as did his songs. In fact, the duo have been getting requests from Bollywood ever since. “It was a very good launch for us. Our music was loved by everyone and now it translates into more work,” Vinayak said.
The film’s background music was also appreciated by the industry. The duo tried to give the background score a live feel by stepping into instruments like guitar, sitar, vilon, aida, and rabab, among others.