The Making of "Do Pal" (VEER-ZAARA) Video
15 June 2011

The music of Veer-Zaara was a unique endeavour probably for the first time ever in the world of music.

Many tunes made by Madan Mohanji over the years remained unused for many reasons… if it was a tune made for a specific song for a film, the film may have been shelved, the recording cancelled, the composer himself or the director may have opted for an alternative tune for situational reasons, and thus the tune with dummy words meant for the specific song remained unused.

Often, a tune struck Madanji, but had no immediate use and he wished to keep it for future use… he either just hummed the tune, played it on harmonium or piano, or just sang some dummy words as they struck him.

This was an ongoing process from 1950 till 1975, but in those days the facilities to record one's voice spontaneously did not easily exist. There were no easy recording devices, cassettes, portable mikes etc. So, often, if a tune struck Madanji when he was out, he would try and store it in his memory till he could somehow reach his music room and record it on a handy spool, most often, in the hurry, erasing an earlier lot. Thus, many such tunes have been lost.

The few that he managed to record were found on his spools, but not in good condition, some half erased, some overlapping each other, and more than anything else, the spools themselves had been damaged in the 3 decades since his death.

Veer-Zaara was the result of using 13 of such many tunes that were located, each composed in a different time span, under varied circumstances, each with a unique story.

Along with the Veer-Zaara audio CD, a special CD called the Making Of The Music was also released which featured excerpts of Madanji's original compositions, fused with the final recordings, to demonstrate the process of recreation to suit the requirement of Veer-Zaara situations. This CD was also included in the TERE BAGAIR set.

We have recently also added to the website the 13 original unedited compositions by Madanji as were initially found on his tapes, from which the 11 songs of VEER-ZAARA were recreated.

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  • DO PAL...

    This song was to be a background song in two parts and needed a haunting melody that would linger as well as form part of the background score.

    Madanji had composed, in the early sixties, on piano, a romantic melody and its sad version. The sad version was loved by all for its emotional notes and became the tune for Do Pal. We do not have this tune sung by Madanji but only as played by him on piano.

    A violin riff became the signature for the song, while the intro and finale alaaps were based on yet another unused tune of Madanji.

    Both the interludes were based on the same melody. Yet another unused haunting melody of Madanji. Used in one interlude as an alaap, and the other on the sitar.

    Lataji of course was to sing the song, and Sonu Nigam was selected for the male part, as it needed a soft and very emotive rendition, particularly for the male part based on the character of Veer.

    This song, along with Tere Liye, formed the two theme ballads of the film which brought out the eternal romance of the lead pair, Veer-Zaara.

    View the Video of the Making of "Do Pal" (VEER-ZAARA)

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