On the 9th of November this year, short filmmaker Divyansh Pandit released his latest work, Pind Daan, a short film, with Yatin Karyekar and Aadil Jaipuri in the lead roles. Revolving around a strong social issue, this short film was screened at cinepolis in the presence of the legendary director duo, Abbas Mastan. Alongside them, stood the legendary lyricist Sameer Anjaan and singer Shaan, who were brought together on Pind Daan for the song ‘Aakhri Jung’, which was released on music label – Wild Buffaloes Music, also founded by Divyansh. With music by the young and ‘immensely’ (as Divyansh refers to him) talented, Samarth Saxena, the song has been widely appreciated. It was not deprived of praises from Abbas Mastan as well during the screening.
We asked Divyansh to throw light on how he handpicked such a young talent for such a profound subject and this is what he had to say, “Samarth’s age can be really deceiving. Going by my intuition , I knew he was a bomb waiting to blast and that is why I looked beyond his age. I like to have my music in place before I begin writing anything and that’s why I had put up a story on my Insta account stating my requirement for a music composer along with the flavour I was looking for. Now this is where it gets interesting. DMs of various music composers began pouring in. I was going through them and in a few days, I received a text from Samarth. It was so inspiring to see that he did not send me any request to work on Pind Daan, instead, he straight away sent me a musical piece in sync with my brief. I was like
wow! Now, the musical piece was nowhere close to what I wanted but what attracted me was his attitude and I just got him on board.”
We asked Samarth about the reason behind this proactiveness and elaborated saying, “Since it was Divyansh, I knew he would come up with something which won’t be conventional. So when I saw his insta story, I was really kicked about it. It might sound really weird but after days of trying to compose a tune, when I saturated it, it finally came to me when least expected. In my dream (chuckles)! Believe me, I am not exaggerating a bit, I woke up with a tune in my head and immediately called up Divyansh. This is how Aakhri Jung happened to me.
After I finalised the composition, I recommended bringing a legendary singer on board, I will not mention his name and on the other hand, Divyansh recommended another legend, Shaan sir. I mean, who is not a fan of Shaan sir? But I couldn’t fathom his voice given the range of the song. Divyansh’s conviction was solid and finally, we went to Sameer sir for his views. The very next thing was that I was recording with Shaan sir and i’ll be very honest to my work, he nailed it.“
Samarth Saxena has been exposed to music ever since his childhood. His father, Prashant Salil, is a composer, arranger and a renowned santoor player, trained under the maestro, Late Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Samarth credits Pind Daan to opening portals of his talent that were yet to be seen.
We dove deeper into Samarth’s inception in the world of music and he stated, “Being born into a family of musicians and artists, and having been trained right since childhood, my go to form of expressing my emotions has always been music. I feel like what I can’t put into just words, I put into music much more easily”.
Elaborating his new found accord with Samarth, Divyansh said, “There are two words that I repeatedly use for Samarth. ‘Immense’ and ‘Divine’. Immense, because the boundaries of his talent are nowhere in sight, and divine, because…well, his egoless attitude and being absolutely pure at heart are traits that vividly reflect in his work. This was evident when the track was widely praised by many film critics and dignitaries. In fact the track is available on our music label, Wild Buffaloes Music. so all in all, I am absolutely up for collaborations with such a powerhouse of talents.”
Pind Daan was recently posted by actor Amitabh Bachchan on his social media accounts and since then, it caught quite some traction on random meme pages. The short film is available for viewing on the Wild Buffaloes Entertainment YouTube channel.