Musical duo Gourov Dasgupta and Roshin Balu are fine with remaking popular tracks because they appeal to the younger lot.
One can easily call composers Gourov Dasgupta and Roshin Balu’s music hatke. The duo, who have been composing music in Bollywood for eight years now, has given us some memorable tracks in films like Force 2, Tum Bin 2, Kaabil, Munna Michael and others. Their song Hawa Hawai in the recently-released film Mubarakan is a chartbuster.
Hawa Hawai is the remake of the 90s hit song sung by Hassan Jahangir. Gourov says that they had just got the hook line from the original and the rest of the lyrics and the music is new. “Otherwise there’s no difference between a DJ and us,” he says while taking a break from his music sessions.
Gourav also credits the success of the popular song to Kumaar, the lyricist and calls him a genius. “It’s been a joint collaboration because everyone put in their ideas including Bhushan Kumar (film and music producer T-series) and us,” he adds.
Guitarist Gourov and multi-instrumentalist Roshin believe in producing music that will strike a chord with the youth. Further more Gourov has no issues with song remakes. In fact, he believes that it’s a great way to get the younger generation like a yesteryear song.
“For Hawa Hawai, we wholeheartedly created the song. The entire melody was made differently to cater to youngsters. They are loving it and getting introduced to the song all over again. We are reaching out to the younger generation through these kind of songs,” says Gourov.
Gourov, who was part of a rock band before getting into Bollywood music, says that his whole perspective changed since he joined the industry. “Both Roshin and I come from two different backgrounds. Initially, Bollywood was alien to me and Roshin. We would wonder how it’s going to work and what would work? But we tried to incorporate our different music styles that we had gained over the years. The whole idea was to find a balance,” he says.
Gourov believes that music trends are changing everyday and one no longer has to be a musician to do music. “Today, anyone can do music and there are so many people doing music out there. You have to just find a way to reach the audience. I am grateful that we are making music and the audience is enjoying it,” says the music producer, who, along with Roshin, had teamed up with singer and friend Shaan to form Superbia, a band that worked on numerous films, TV shows and commercials. Gourav says that the industry hasn’t explored Shaan’s talent. “He is extremely talented and we had a good time working together,” adds Gourov.
Ask him to describe his collaboration with Roshin and he replies, “For 10 years he is my best friend. We spend so much time together that people think that we will end up getting married (laughs). We love and hate each other. He is the best music producer I have worked with and is very talented. There’s an understanding between us. We complement each other’s friendship, which is the most important thing for us.”
He says that lyricist Kumaar with whom they have collaborated for several songs is the third element to their friendship. “We are like the three musketeers,” he adds. He adds that for the duo, any kind of music is music; it doesn’t matter if it’s Western or Indian.