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(L-R) Anjjan Bhattacharya, Harmeet Singh and Manmeet Singh (L-R) Anjjan Bhattacharya, Harmeet Singh and Manmeet Singh
SummaryMusic composers Meet Bros Anjjan on why they did not redo the iconic Manna Dey song, Yaari hai imaan mera for the remake of Zanjeer

There was no specific brief for Pinky song, except that it had to be a massy, uptempo song with rocking beats that can be played at clubs, etc. We were told it should look like it’s Priyanka’s song and not some random item song

— Harmeet Singh, music composer

Versatility seems to be the USP of the triad — Harmeet Singh, Manmeet Singh and Anjjan Bhattacharya — who are better known as Meet Bros Anjjan. Having dabbled in various genres such as Paan Singh Tomar (sports), Kyaa Super1 Kool Hain Hum (slapstick comedy), OMG: Oh My God (comedy) and Satyagraha (political thriller), the trio are in news for their soundtrack for Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer, the remake of the 1973 classic of the same name. Among these songs is the Pinky song, a special number picturised on the lead actress Priyanka Chopra.

“There was no specific brief for Pinky song, except that it had to be a massy, uptempo song with rocking beats that can be played at clubs, etc. We were told that it should look like it’s Priyanka’s song, and not any random item song,” says Harmeet.

Zanjeer was known for its superhit songs, among them was Yaari hai imaan mera sung by Manna Dey. The makers of the remake actually contemplated adding the song in the new Zanjeer. Says Harmeet, “They had two options — one is to redo the same song or create something as good. Jo ek iconic song ban gaya, woh ban gaya. It’s not easy to re-create a Taj Mahal. We thought let’s create a fresh song. Apoorva told us that if he is not happy with the song, Yaari hai imaan would be retained.” However, the new song Khochey pathan ki zubaan composed by the trio was selected for the film. “We composed the song in which Sanjay Dutt is featured and they instantly liked the whole feeling of the song. The song has a retro touch, yet it’s larger than life.”

Since the film will be released in Hindi as well as Telugu, Meet Bros Anjjan had to work on the Telugu versions of the song as well. It was very different from what the trio is known to create, hence they had a lyricist from the Telugu music industry who helped them with pronunciations and rendering. Says Manmeet, “One thing you learn when you do a song in two languages is that a

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