By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
"I happened to be associated with Golmaal Returns by chance. However, brand Golmaal will always belong to Vishal and Shekhar. They are the ones who got the initial set up in place and I am only taking it forward. The title song created by them was fantabulous and I enjoyed rest of the soundtrack too. I believe I have been able to come up with a right follow up score in Golmaal Returns which doesn't let the original down," says Pritam who has composed the music of this Rohit Shetty directed film.
The film also sees history being created in the world of contemporary Bollywood soundtrack. Never before in a mainstream commercial movie has a composer used a part of a fellow composer's tune from a different film and interspersed it in his own composition. However, Pritam has just done this in the song 'Vacancy' for Golmaal Returns that liberally picks up the punch spots from Vishal-Shekhar composed title song of Golmaal. Not just that, Vishal, Shekhar and singer Anushka Manchanda have been duly credited for this as well.
"Music of Golmaal Returns would just not have been 100% complete if the theme of Golmaal wasn't incorporated in it. You can't have a sequel with the USP of the original missing. I spoke to Vishal and Shekhar and asked them if I could use their Golmaal for 'Vacancy'. They both were sweet enough to readily agree and the result is 'Vacancy'," informs Pritam who is now aiming at his fifth big success in a row in 2009 afterRace, Jannat, Kismat Konnection and Singh Is Kinng.
Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekhar duo) is glad that the song 'Vacancy' sees the revival of Golmaal, "Yes, I have been told that something like has happened for the first time. Even we did something similar for our title track of 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' but that was for a composition by R.D. Burman which was created decades back. However, Golmaal is still fresh in the memory of music lovers."
Confirming the development around the merger of two songs, Vishal adds, "When Pritam approached us for that, there was no reason to say no. He is a friend and a great guy. It was super gracious on his part to come to us and seek permission. In fact, even before saying yes to Golmaal Returns as a project, he spoke to us as he believed that brand Golmaal belonged to us."
On a concluding note, Vishal says, "Ok, so we couldn't do Golmaal Returns for certain reasons but we are happy to see the sequel carrying the spirit of the original. It couldn't have been in better hands."
The music of Golmaal Returns releases today all over and boasts of four original songs with five remixes. In addition, bonus comes in the form of Vishal-Shekhar's songs from the original Golmaal, hence making it a complete package deal.