Bollywood music composer duo Javed-Mohsin on their latest single Pyar Karte Ho Na with Jasmin B

Popular Bollywood music composer duo Javed-Mohsin released their new single Pyar Karte Ho Na during the last week of November. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Stebin Ben, the song starring Jasmin Bhasin and Mohsin Khan garnered over 28 million views on YouTube and was in third place for several days. Written by Danish Sabri, this song is a romantic number.

Javed-Mohsin, who previously composed for films like Munna Michael, Julie 2, Jalebi and Drive, Coolie No. 1 and Shershaah, tells us more about the song and how it was made. Extracts:

Pyar Karte Ho Na was a pretty successful single. Tell us about the idea behind it.
Mohsin: The idea for this melody arose out of a random jam session. Once the melody was created, we called on the Danish Sabri to write the lyrics.

Why did you string Stebin Ben and Shreya Ghoshal for this song?
Javed: We worked with Shreya Ghoshal for the song Pal from the movie Jalebi. She is an amazing singer and a wonderful human being. We are grateful for his support. She sang beautifully Pyar Karte Ho Na. It is always a pleasure for us to work with such a legendary singer. She was so approachable and easy going, we just had to call her to get her to hear the melody. That’s it! Speaking of Stebin Ben, he’s a very promising singer. He did justice to musical composition. We look forward to further musical collaborations with him in the future.

From songwriting for radio, commercials and debuting for Kis Kisko Pyar Karun to composing Kabhi Tumhe for Shershaah … how has your journey been so far?
Javed: It’s been a great trip for us. We are competing here with ourselves in the industry. We firmly believe that living on the laurels of the past is futile, therefore, we aim to deliver hit songs with every composition. Each artist has their own fight and so do we. But it’s more important to work on what you can achieve. Professionally, it has been a great year for us.
Mohsin: We are grateful to God and the universe for all of our accomplishments. We started our journey by creating jingles for R Balki sir. We are grateful to Abbas-Mastan for introducing us to the music industry in 2015. We are grateful to have worked with Mahesh Bhatt and Sabir Khan. We are grateful for their immense faith in our work. All of our songs became big hits. We worked day and night and have no regrets.

What do you think of the evolution of Bollywood music?
Mohsin: It’s wonderful to see how talented musicians from our country have created unique musical compositions. It is a learning opportunity while competing with others. As far as we are concerned, we are in competition with ourselves and we are our own critics. We are happy to be able to share a space with talented people.

How hard is it to stay creative and come up with new compositions for all the movies?
Javed: We’ve always had this attitude of how we can do better next time around. We keep trying to bring something new and experimental. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is completely subjective to the interests of the public.
Mohsin: There is no formula for it. Our only mantra is to stay true to our music.

Have you encountered any challenges composing music?
Javed: Rather than calling it a challenge, I can say that it has been a learning opportunity for us. We have learned from every song and from our failures. We improved our work and moved on. Even for the song ‘Pal’ we were initially rejected, but later Mahesh Bhatt sir found our composition very beautiful. Today we are happy that it will almost hit a billion views. Making music is a long and extensive process. From the creation of the song to the arrival of a distributor, it takes time. We have learned to be patient throughout this process.

You both come from a family of musicians. How has this impacted your music?
Javed: Music is in our blood. Our childhood experiences, our practices, and the music we have seen and heard help us generate ideas today. It’s a very instinctive process.
Mohsin: The melody just happens when we are composing. There is nothing calculative and treaty about it. The compositions are spontaneous. We believe it is a gift from God.

Which singers and musicians do you admire?
Javed: We have always admired AR Rahman, Pritam Da, Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Apart from them, we loved working with Darshan Raval, Jubin Nautiyal and Stebin Ben. They are all promising singers. Apart from that, we learned from versatile artists like Mohammed Rafi Sahab, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Bappi Lahiri, Madan Mohan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Shailendra Singh.


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