The music of the Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh starrer Phillauri has hit a high note with the audience. Newbie music director Shashwat Sachdev, is more than happy with the resonance of appreciation coming his way for the score, which is a rare mix of Punjabi folk and Indo-Western music. Songs like Dum dum with its Sufi-Punjabi feel sung by Romy and Vivek Hariharan and another version of the song sung by Diljit Dosanjh topped the popularity charts. So did Saiba and Bajaaketumba with its part old world, part contemporary songwriting.
The initial brief given to Shashwat was to compose music for a period film set in Punjab. Including Punjabi folk with authentic instrumentation then seemed a prerequisite. But the maverick musician kind of turned it around. “I’m an unconventional person, the kind who would do the opposite of what is told to him. I don’t like doing those obvious things or attempting the conventional like going to Punjab and recording with folk musicians. I did the opposite,” he says adding, “I worked with international musicians instead and used different instruments.” Given the fact that Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, a celebrated singer in his own right, was playing the lead, the expected thing was to make Diljit sing all the songs. But Shashwat refrained from that as well and opted for