Shekhar Ravjiani books the Hanuman Chalisa

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The composer is coming out with a single, an app and a pocket book, based on the devotional hymn. Come October, and composer duo Vishal-Shekhar will be back on the score cards with two Bollywood biggies–Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang’ and Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’. 
“Both the films are radically different from each other and in their own aural space. And both will be huge,” asserts Shekhar Ravjiani. However, before that, the music director is looking forward to his fourth single–his own interpretation of the Hanuman Chalisa–which will be launched on July 29. It was his grandmother’s favourite hymn and that memory triggered off the peoject. 

“My first three singles, Saazni and Savli in Marathi and Butterfly in Telugu, have done extremely well. Butterfly was the only non-film song playing on the radio charts and that opened my eyes to the fact that the Internet is a great platform to reach out to a wider audience. I didn’t know a word of Marathi or Telugu and in the process learnt two more languages too. For my fourth single I decided on the Hanuman Chalisa. It’s something I wanted to do, something my grandmother would have wanted me to do,” says Shekhar. 

Hanuman may be the patron saint of the brahmacharis, but the much-married Shekhar visits the temple every Saturday to offer his prayers. However, for him it’s a matter of faith rather than religion, which he believes is divisive and the man-made. 

“I want to empower people with the belief that your faith is larger than your fears,” he says. 

He has also come up with a video, directed by Vishal Punjabi, with sketched and digitised avatars, an app which can be downloaded on mobile phones and read in English and Hindi and a pocket size Hanuman Chalisa which is not just an English translation of the story of Hanuman but explains the meaning of the chalisa, imparts information on its writer Tulsidas and explains why Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated. 

Prod him on whether his chalisa could be incorporated into a Hindi film next, and he shrugs, “I don’t know. When it comes to these singles, there is no plan, no brief and no deadlines. The idea is to just make different kinds of music.” 

Watch: Shekhar sings Saazni live in Radio Mirchi Studios