Shamir Tandon, a renowned composer known for his work in various Bollywood films, providing music for songs and background scores. Tandon has collaborated with several prominent artists like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Jagjit Singh and has contributed to the soundtracks of popular movies like Page 3, The Body, Bal Ganesha as well as the recent release Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Bhumi Pednekar starrer Afwaah. The artist recently shared his experiences collaborating with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and playback singer Sonu Nigam as his song has been trending ever since the celebrated cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turned 50! Featuring the Master Blaster himself, along with playback singer Sonu Nigam, the viral song ‘Sachin’s Cricketwali Beat’ has been composed and co-written by ace music director Shamir Tandon.
Released in 2017, this unique jugalbandi between the Master Blaster and Sonu Nigam took the internet by storm, thanks to Tandon’s brilliant composition. In addition to this, the beats and the lyrics of the song are catchy and polished, making the song a perfect one to vibe. The music and animation inculcated in the video is just like the cherry on the cake.
Shamir Tandon and Varun Likhate, the lyricists behind the trending track have added cricketing jargon like “Straight-drive”, “Cover-drive”, “Off-drive” giving it a rhythmic and dance feel to the listeners and giving justice to the title ‘Cricketwali Beat pe’. The highlight of this catchy song is when Sachin mentions the name of all the cricketers who have contributed in the 6 World Cups.
“God has gifted Sachin not just on the ability of sports or being a great human being but also in the facets of art and culture. This track was most shared on whatsapp on his 50th birthday and the reason for the song’s virality was because of the co-operative nature of the whole team, including Sachin Tendulkar. Every note that Sachin sang was tuned so perfectly that we could categorically refer to Sachin’s new career as singing.” says Shamir Tandon.
The composer further went on to add, “The global Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was so well-prepared during the rehearsals that I did not get the chance to say something like ‘yeh line thik nhi lag raha fir se gayiye’ (this verse needs to be re-recorded as it’s not sounding right). Sachin really didn’t require a pitch corrector because he could sing at the appropriate pitch.”
Through this video conceived and curated by Shamir Tandon, Sachin Tendulkar and Sonu Nigam have conveyed their gratitude to the country’s greatest cricket stars as he mentions every prominent cricketer who Sachin had played the 6 World Cups with. The audience cheering “Sachin, Sachin” in the video is so surreal and just gives the audience the feels of a proper stadium.
Shamir Tandon was impressed with Tendulkar’s singing skills and preparation, which was evident during rehearsals. He stated that Tendulkar didn’t require a pitch corrector because he could sing in the right tone. “Despite being a shy person, he became quite comfortable as I kind of upped the masti (fun) quotient when we were filming the video. We did not require a pitch corrector on his voice because he was singing in the right sur (tone). It was fantastic, and I’m thrilled that the song is still popular now,” concludes Shamir Tandon. The song has been trending on social media as well as YouTube where it has raked in over 6.3 Million views and 115K likes to date.