Who are the 'Patna ke Presleys'?

Friday, 23 January 2009 - 11:59pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Music director Amit Trivedi is thrilled by the response his song Emotional Atyachar has got from the public

Music director Amit Trivedi is thrilled by the response his song Emotional Atyachar has got from the public. It won't be wrong to say that this brass band song is becoming a cult song for the youth. B

ut there's one great mystery behind the song. The cast and crew of Dev D have no clue where the singers who made the song a rocking number, have vanished. 

Ask Trivedi the names of the singer and he retorts: “Band master Rangeela and Raseela sang the song. I had received a demo CD of these guys and I thought they would be apt for it," he says. 

Tell him that those names sound like characters in the film and ask him about their actual whereabouts and he laughs. “Actually, it's a big secret. The cast and crew have sworn not to reveal details about the singers. We can't come out with the truth right now. So I can't give anything away about the song,” he says. 

Director Anurag Kashyap clears the air. “They were two Ragini singers who auditioned for us and we felt that their voice was very different and was apt for a song like Emotional Atyachar. But when we tried to contact them later we could not find them and contact them. All we know is that they stay in some obscure part of Himachal Pradesh.”

The out-of-the-box music of the film has been two years in the making. All 18 tracks are quite quirky. But the concept of atyachar came from Kashyap. He asked Trivedi to make a song with the words Emotional Atyachar in the brass band style. "A year ago, Anurag just called me and said, 'Something…something…emotional atyachar'. I asked what I was supposed to do with it. But he didn't say. He called me again in a few days
and told me that he wanted it in brass band style." 

In case you are wondering who the actors posing as ‘Patna Ke Presleys’ and lip synching to the song in the video are, Trivedi has the answer. "Those two are members of Anurag Kashyap's unit. They are actors." So what's the big mystery about a singer? Will the real ‘Patna Ke Presleys’ please stand up?


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