Vishal-Shekhar taste success down South!


By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Vishal and Shekhar are seeing their stocks grow with every passing quarter. Om Shanti Om was their highpoint in the year 2007 while in 2008 the music of Tashan and Bachna Ae Haseeno continues to find an audience for themselves in spite of quite a few weeks gone by since the albums hit the stands.

Never mind an occasional Bhoothnath, the composer duo continues to enthrall audience with their tunes. Now it is audience down South which is enjoying the Vishal-Shekhar touch as the composers give them something in their own language. They have just seen the release of their first ever project in a regional language in the form of Telugu film Chintakayala Ravi which stars superstar Venkatesh.

"When Venkatesh came to us with the project, we were game to compose for it. In any case we never had any qualms of composing for a regional film and since the setup looked great as well, we pronto began working on the project. You would find that the songs of Chintakayala Ravi have completely our flavour in them", informs Vishal of the Vishal-Shekhar duo who has just arrived with the music of Karan Johar's Dostana.

One also hears that the price paid to Vishal-Shekhar has been monumental as well. Winks Vishal, "Never ask a man's salary, though all I can divulge is that we too have been informed about the price being amongst the highest ever paid to the composers for a Telugu film."

While the release itself is special for the young men, what enthralls them further is the Triple Platinum status which the music album has fetched for itself on the day of its release. "Triple Platinum stands for the fact that there has been a pre-order placed for 5 lakhs units. I am told by the makers that this is unprecedented and they are glad to see such a massive audience response", says Vishal with a glee.

Directed by Yogi and produced by Nallamalupu Srinivas (Bujji) under Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions, Chintakayala Ravi also stars Anushka and Mamta Mohandas. The film has been shot in a major way in New York and Washington, DC, USA and is expected to arrive on screens this festive season of Dussera and Diwali. Also, buzz has it that Aarti Chhabria has performed a steamy and seductive item number which is already being touted as the highlight of the film.