It's been the same nearly a decade since Laxmikant's demise in 1998, with the 'LP tag' once again being the only brief with which director-choreographer Farah Khan convinced the veteran music director to come off his self-imposed exile from the current film music scene to compose a song for Shah Rukh Khan's Om Shanti Om. "She wanted the typical LP style of music from the 'Seventies to go with the flashback track in the film that revolves around the theme of reincarnation," he says.
“Farah wanted me to do three songs, but I said I will do just one, but a good song," he says, adding, "I had initially refused her, as I have gone a bit low on doing films after Deewana Mastana (1997), but my daughter convinced me to take up the project." And in LP style the song's recording happened with a 150-plus orchestra, a rarity in today's age of digitally-arranged music making. "Nobody works with an orchestra these days, but Farah was very cooperative to my insistence on recording the song with an orchestra only. We used 40-45 different drums ranging from tabla and dhol to duff, 40 plus violins and 22 woodwinds amongst other instruments for the song," he informs.
So when Pyarelal stepped in for doing even just one song for Farah Khan, it was on his own terms with the attendant regalia that's signature LP. "Unlike today's music directors, I still work from home. So we had two rehearsals at home followed by one in Yash Raj Studios. The song was created in nine shifts spread over three days," informs Pyarelal about the song written by Javed Akhtar. "Its lyrics go something like Dhinak dhinak dhin and I felt nice composing it. I am quite keen on seeing how it looks on the big screen," he adds.
Does that mean we get to hear more of him finally? "I come from an era where music directors didn't hang around studios or randomly chatted up directors asking for work. Though we too had our fair share of struggle, at least now I am well past that stage. We have always believed in long- term relationships with the directors we have worked for and with someone like Farah who has an ear for music, I would love to do a full film in future," he opines.
Pyarelal, who is currently also working on a music album with Indian and Pakistani singers, had released an album titled Indian Summer containing eight pieces for string quartet in March this year for the UK-based company Schott.
However, apart from making music from myriad platforms, Pyarelal also has to deal with frequent invitations to judge the various music-based reality shows on TV. "My only condition is that I will be a solo judge. Do you know that Ismail Darbar used to play violin for us and Himesh's father used to arrange music for us for years on end. Even AR Rahman had once played for us when he was known as Dileep," he reveals.
Incidentally, the music director has composed a bank of tunes in the meantime to be used soon with a few big banners he is currently in talks with. "So Om Shanti Om isn't a comeback. You will get to hear some big announcements within the next year-and-a-half," he informs.