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Sandesh Shandilya
He is a man of a few words but many melodies. Be it the romantic Suraj Hua Madham from Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham or the peppy Bhage Re Mann Kahin or Sajana Ve Sajana from Chameli, the songs have stayed with us. In the spotlight today is the man behind these hummable, lovable melodies and the fabulous music, Sandesh Shandilya.

Consider his filmi repertoire – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Chameli, Road, Agni Varsha and Rules - Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula. His non-film projects include Pyar Ke Geet with Shubha Mudgal and the very famous Piya Basanti with his guru Ustad Sultan Khan.
With both off beat and commercial projects in his kitty, Sandesh is now awaiting the release of his first solo commercial film, Rajshri Productions’ 50th film Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai..! The movie has seven scintillating tracks and the title track has a special significance, as world-renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has played piano for the same. The track will also be released later this year as part of Clayderman’s new album on Delphine Records, Paris.
Surely, Uuf Kya… holds a lot of promise for Sandesh. Shilpa F D'Mello catches up with Sandesh for an exclusive tête-à-tête…

TR: Tell us about the music of Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai..!
SS: Uuf Kya…comes with an entirely new team. The star cast has debutants Sammir Dattani and Pooja Kanwal. There is also debutant director Manoj J. Bhatia and two new singers Kunal and Runa. This has given the movie a lot of ‘fresh’ feel. By putting so many new talents together, the movie achieves an impressive balance of simplicity and maturity. It is a beautiful love story. The music therefore has a lot of colour. It’s very positive with an overpowering ‘niceness’ about it. It’s a feel good film without a single sad song! I’m sure the audience will enjoy the music thoroughly.

TR: You have worked with the French Pianist Richard Clayderman on the title track of Uuf Kya…How was the experience?
SS: It was Rajjat Barjatya’s idea to work with Clayderman. I have always admired Clayderman and when I heard that he had liked the song and was willing to collaborate with us, I was thrilled! The title track of Uuf Kya…was recorded in Paris in January 2003. Richard plays by the written notes, which is a sign of a good musician. He is an extremely talented and down-to-earth individual. While working with him we never felt as if we are working with a French pianist. We fit in perfectly well. We learnt a lot from him. It was a joy being with him. In fact, the title song is one of my favourite tracks of this film!

TR: You have worked with Rajshri before for Shubha Mudgal’s Pyar Ke Geet. And now you have come together again in Uuf Kya…Do you share a special bond with them?
SS: Rajshri’s stick to the good old way of working, one where a script is followed. I always click well with people who work in this fashion. The Rajshri banner has been in this industry for generations. Their experience is invaluable. Moreover, Rajjat Barjatya believes in experimentation and so do I. Together, we always try to create something new. Making a classical singer like Shubha Mudgal do a dance track was only possible with the Rajshri’s. I am glad they chose me to compose for their 50th film. I consider it to be a great honour!

You can read the rest of our feature on Sandesh Shandilya in the March 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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