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Time and again one sees director and composer turning out to be a pair, especially so when the ‘jodi’ ends up delivering chartbuster tracks in a row. In the current generation, Rajkumar Hirani has stuck to Shantanu Moitra, Siddharth Anand can’t dream of a soundtrack without Vishal-Shekhar, same holds true for Sujoy Ghosh-Vishal-Shekhar as well, Karan Johar‘s favorites were Jatin-Lalit before they split and he moved on to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Farhan Akhtar and Sajid Khan haven’t looked beyond the trio, Rohit Shetty too started off with Vishal-Shekhar but now swears by Pritam while Rakesh Roshan has been inseparable from Rajesh Roshan for obvious reasons.
However, in case of Vipul Shah, it is different. That’s because his is one of the rare instance of a director trying out a different composer in each of his films and that too for five outings in a row. After working with Jatin Lalit/Aadesh Srivastava [Aankhen], Anu Malik [Waqt], Himesh Reshammiya [Namastey London] and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy [London Dreams], he has now moved into a fifth gear – no pun intended – with Pritam. One wonders if this has been a conscious decision on the part of the film maker here.
“Now that’s an interesting observation because honestly, even I didn’t think about this much. I love the work of everyone with whom I have worked and also a few others with whom I haven’t. This is the reason why it is always a big dilemma for me to finally decide that for a particular film of mine, with whom I should be working with. After all they all are fantastic”, says Vipul in a tone that strives to stay away from being diplomatic.
Well, if the decision steered towards Pritam for his fifth directorial outing, it didn’t come without a valid reason. After all Singh Is Kingg with music by Pritam has been the musical blockbuster for Vipul Shah. It’s a different matter though that for this Akshay Kumar starrer, Vipul was seen in the capacity of producer while Anees Bazmee had been handed over the reins of direction.
“The genre of Action Replayy is totally different from Singh Is Kinng though”, says Vipul who is looking forward to the reception that the music of his Diwali release would end up fetching, “Action Replayy is a romantic film and nobody, just nobody makes a romantic album with lot of fun in it better than Pritam. This is the reason why I didn’t hesitate one bit when I had to finalise a composer for Action Replayy. It was Pritam and only Pritam. He was the only choice that I had for this film. Period.”
It is clear that experimentation is the name of the game for Vipul when it comes to his composers. Guess it doesn’t come as a surprise when Harris Jayaraj’s name flashes in the credit details of another production of Vipul’s, the Hindi remake of Kakka Kakka!