Popular Bollywood music composer duo Sachin-Jigar of Go Goa Gone, ABCD, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badlapur fame have done more than 500 plays and 5,000 television episodes for various genres and channels.
Sachin says, “Our journey has been good. We gained lot of experience and in media that counts.” He says he was not serious about a career in music initially. He got in touch with Jigar while doing TV shows and they struck a chord. “We thought we may be music arrangers.”
They then assisted Pritam for four years. “It was he who identified for us. He asked us to give it a shot.”
The duo has worked for A R Rahman as well. “We met him couple of times. We did Ek Deewana Tha song. He heard it and said it is nice but keep it simple so that every one can appreciate it.”
For them, going to the studio is like going to school and learning something new each day. Jigar says, “Every time, there’s new script, new idea and a new situation. We try to understand what the director wants. When we try a new genre, we research about it online and understand the authencity of the music.”
With their background in theatre, they believe script is what drives every form of art. He gives an example: “A love song in a gangster film will be different from a song in a story about the love story of a common man. We listen to the narration from the director, understand his vision and understand the crux of the story. We get into the minds of the character”
But while scoring music, they also need to consider other elements of film making such as the set design, and choreographery.
Composing music for Badlapur was a challenge for them but yet one of the most enriching experiences, they say. Sachin says, “It has a dark side, not like a regular love story. It is honest, gritty and stark. For instance, Piya o Re Piya from Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is flamboyant and Jeena Jeena from Badlapur is very honest.”
The duo has worked in Gujarati industry too. “We know the language very well. Anyway, music helps you communicate with the audience without any barrier.”
The duo says independent platforms like Coke Studio give more scope for artistry because there is no script or characters. Jigar says, “It is a good way to expand that can lead you to the ultimate trophy which is Bollywood.”
They have composed music for the upcoming Remo D’Souza’s film Flying Jatt which is set to release on August 25.