Eid is an occasion of festivity and celebration. Apart from the Iftaar parties and delicious food, Eid is also known as an occasion to play melodious numbers dedicated to the glorious festival. While several Bollywood films in the past have had Eid tracks, Arjun Rampal’s much awaited Daddy has a special Eid song that will win your hearts and it’s out now!
Titled Eid Mubarak, this special qawwali track has been composed by the famous musical duo Sajid-Wajid.
Talking about Eid Mubarak, Sajid says, “We selected musicians who were the stars in the 70s but unfortunately today they have no work due to the digitalisation of the music industry. The vocals have been rendered by Shabaab Sabri and Tanvir Hussain. Everything about the song right from the style to the composition and arrangement is unique in nature. After finishing the recording, the musicians played special pieces for Arjun like Karma and Ek Do Teen that was famous during their glory days. The musicians were so overwhelmed that they started crying and Arjun got up and hugged them, it was a great moment for everyone associated with the song. It is a blessing to compose a qawwali for Eid.”
Speaking on the song, director Ashim Ahluwalia says that, “I was keen to have a traditional Qawwali with live musicians, recorded in an analogue style – like they used to do straight to tape in the old studios. No retakes. We had the old banjo player who played on Amar Akbar Anthony as well as the Sabri’s on vocals and classical harmonium and tabla players. Very old school. It was important that we kept the mistakes in and didn’t edit the song so it felt like it was made in a computer. That’s what gives it this amazing raw energy. ”
Also what makes Eid Mubarak stand out is the fact that it throws light on the secular side of Arun Gawli on whose life Daddy is based. Despite his grey areas and gansgster background, Gawli had the utmost respect for all religions and Eid in particular was an occasion when business took and a backseat and life and brotherhood was celebrated with songs and feasts.