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Quick five with Atul Raninga and Sanjay Wandrekar



Bollywood is presently enjoying the success of one of the biggest biopics of all time, Sanju. The movie is good enough to captivate the hearts of the audience with its gripping storyline, acting, direction and music. But there is an additional key element which has helped the movie to connect more with its viewers- the background score.

Music Plus had the opportunity to talk with Atul Raninga and Sanjay Wandrekar who scored the background music of Sanju’s. Here’s what they had to say-


How did Sanju happen?

We have been working for all his earlier films and we were asked to score for Sanju. We presume he likes our style and is in a comfortable zone with us.


How was the experience of working with Raj Kumar Hirani?

Amazing! We have been associated with him since his first film, Munna Bhai MBBS. It has been a wonderful journey as Raju sir is a perfectionist. Also, every scene of his has a particular emotion and he wants to compliment that with the right emotion through the background score.


Explain the process of background music scoring? How difficult does it get for you to sync the background score with the scene?

Sometimes we get to read the script but mostly we see the film several times, work out themes for different characters and situations and score the music. It’s not difficult to sync the background score with  the scene, it’s a process where we time the scene, decide on a basic tempo of the scene and mark changeovers. We had one instrument for one relationship in Sanju. For example, mouth organ for friendship, the musician was called from Germany, horn for father son recorded on Skype from London, etc.

Atul Raninga, Sanjay Wandrekar & AR Rahman
( From left to right – Sanjay Wandrekar, AR Rahman & Atul Raninga)


How do you place all the other instruments that you play/use in your compositions? And what instrument according to you gives out the best emotion from the scene?

We play and record cue tracks of different instruments as required, in our music workstations. Then dub the live instruments with respective musicians. Instrumentation depends on the scene, so different instruments will bring out the emotions in different scenes.


Your inspirations and what are your upcoming projects?

Vanraj Bhatia, A R Rahman, Ilayaraja, John Williams and Hans Zimmer have been our inspirations. Several projects are lined up. Immediately will be Ek ladki ko dekha to aisa laga, again a Vidhu Vinod Chopra Production. Then we have Total Dhamaal directed by Indra Kumar.

Abhishek Singh

Author: Abhishek Singh

2 thoughts on “Quick five with Atul Raninga and Sanjay Wandrekar”

  1. Congratulations! We were so blessed to become aware of the immense talent and charming personality of Atul Raninga during the Voices of Baha Tour of India in 2010 where we performed together in Mumbai, Lucknow and Delhi.
    During that time we became aware of his work in films through Three Idiots (my first Bollywood experience)!
    Continued Blessings to you and all that you endeavor!

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