Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte Starring Shah Rukh, Rani Turns 21! Lalit Pandit On The Soundtrack: It Was Always A Fun Time | EXCLUSIVE

Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, turns 21 this week. Released in 2003 it was known for its memorable soundtrack. Composer Lalit Pandit fondly recalled the creative process in an exclusive interview with Zoom.
Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte Starring Shah Rukh, Rani Turns 21! Jatin-Lalit On The Soundtrack: It Was Always A Fun Time

Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte Starring Shah Rukh, Rani Turns 21! Jatin-Lalit On The Soundtrack: It Was Always A Fun Time

Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji turns 21 this week and was released back in 2003. The romantic drama captivated audiences with its story and sonorous soundtrack. In an exclusive conversation with Zoom, composer Lalit Pandit reminisced about creating the music, describing the experience as always being a fun and creative time.
What do you think makes the songs of Chalte Chalte remembered to this day?
It was always a very hard situation when you had to score music for a Shah Rukh Khan film. My brother Jatin and I always kept in mind the responsibility we had to give a successful iconic score when we had Shah Rukh in the film. This was one of the reasons why we decided to do lesser films as we had to dedicate a lot of time to the SRK films. We had to give at least 3-4 months to one film to be able to deliver the music that was expected for these films. I always feel Shah Rukh will be a legend and always be remembered through the music that he has in his films! From that point of view I feel lucky to have worked with many amazing artistes like Shah Rukh, Juhi Chawla and Rani Mukerji in films which have showcased some of our best work.”
You and your brother Jatin worked with Aziz on his earlier projects?
With Aziz Mirza Saab we had done three previous films Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Yes Boss! All of these films had marvellous music and it became almost certain for the audiences that this team would have wonderful music in their future films.
Was it enjoyable to create the songs of Chalte Chalte with SRK ?
Since it was produced by Shah Rukh and Juhi Chawla we used to have them over for our music sessions and it was always a very energetic and fun time in our music room which helped us compose in the best way possible. Since Javed Akhtar Saab was writing the songs half the time we were just enjoying his humour and presence in the music sittings. But yes, the work and its quality came first.
I believe Tauba tumhare yeh ishare was written under a strange circumstance?
Yes, Javed Sahab, Jatin and I were going for an awards ceremony at the Andheri Sports Club and Javed Saab had to write the words. Since the song started with a break (Tauba) a pause all of us felt the first word and its sound was very important. All the three of us started singing word for the opening of the son… Jaana ,Dilbar , Nadan, etc.But then Javed Saab sang Tauba, and we all felt it worked great. So for that day we just had that first word and later he wrote the full song keeping that word Tauba as a start! The song went on to be the biggest hit that year and the best song for the film.
What about the speaking of the sentimental title song?
I thought Abhijit sang it very well and it was very well picturised. It came at a very sensitive climax point of the film and from that point of view it was very important that the song hold its own. We were briefed that it had to be an intense emotional song and yet it need not be very slow in pace. That was challenging indeed! But I think the composition was great but what made it work was the words Javed Akhtar wrote.
Chalte Chalte also had a contribution by your brother-in-law the late and much missed Aadesh Shrivastava?
Yes, I loved the song Aadesh composed Lai vi na aye song. I thought it gave a very different colour to the whole album. I am very happy that the film has reached its twenty-first year and its music is remembered to this day! I am also happy that though me and Jatin have done comparatively lesser films, we delivered some truly memorable music which is loved by the audiences and listeners.
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