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'My songs are targeted at 23-year olds'

Subhash K Jha | January 16, 2006 15:36 IST

Himesh ReshammiyaFor aman who virtually came in from the cold, Himesh Reshammiya's career in 2005 was arocking roster of chartbusters.

"I don't knowhowit happened," he says, modestly. "But the journey hasbeen exciting, especially in the lastyear when the big banners suddenly woke up to me."

Earlier, Reshammiya was one of the also-rans, waiting at the fringes ofthe charts where Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy ruled.Tere Naam(2004) was a turning point. "I owe that score anda lot of the other things I composeto Laxmikant-Pyarelal.They are my idols. Unfortunately, that is notwhat today's average listener wants to hear. I realised that when Just Chill and Aashiq BanayaAapne hitthe charts."

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Aashiq Banaya,
with Reshammiya handling the nasal sufi vocals himself,was thebiggest single of2005. "It really became big... yes, bigger than I thought it would. It is beingplayed at every pub and party. I'm flattered. The good innings that began with Aitraaz last year really grew this year. But I realise the profile of music listeners has changed considerably. Today, the average listener is 23 years old, and he downloads music. My songs have to be targeted at that group. That's the only way a film score can work."

Hence, the sufi-rock sounds of Aashiq Banaya Aapne. One hears a similar tune inAnant Mahadevan's Aksar. "Yes, I realise that.But I'm not going to pursue that sound this year. I like to create a sound, and then leave it behind.This year, you'll hear a different sound from me in Abbas-Mustan's 36 China Town, Satish Kaushik's Shaadi Se Pehle, Priyadarshan's Phir Hera Pheri, Anil Sharma'a Apne and Dharmesh Darshan's Aap Ki Khatir."

Dharmesh is a significant Reshammiya convert. Sofar, both Darshanbrothers -- Suneel and Dharmesh-- have sworn by the soundsofNadeem-Shravam. Nadeem had done such chartbusters as Raja Hindustaniand Dhadkan for Dharmesh's cinema.Several filmmakers like David Dhawan, who swore byAnu Malik's sounds, have also made a sly switch to Reshammiya. The composer shrugsoff the melodist's mantle."I'm not here to displace anyone. I'd be happy just doing my work. My time has been divided between composing for around six-seven assignments and serving as a judgeonthe music contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa."

Heis extremely pleased with the quality of singing hehas heardon Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. "Oneofthe contestants, VinitSingh, has already sung for me in Rocky. I definitely plan to use other voices, like Himani Kapoor, who is outstanding. We're anation of singers. Not all Indians watch films, but do you knowanyone whodoesn't listen to Lataji, Ashaji, Mohd Rafi or Kishore Kumar?"

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