The Santa Song
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Fun, with a dark, satirical streak, the composition is the brainchild of music composer Daniel B George, Srikant A and Uday Rao, and has been directed by writer-lyricist Swanand Kirkire. George, who has to his credit scores and music of films such as Johnny Gaddar, Agent Vinod and Well Done Abba, wrote the song last year. "I had heard a smaller version of it then and told the three to make it bigger and release it on YouTube this year around Christmas," says Kirkire, who shot the song on camera in a day, with a budget of about a lakh.
Kirkire, who has also assisted filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, found the song funny and sad at the same time. "The song is about Peter's grudge and complaint with Santa for not visiting his house ever. It is, in a way, reality of life, for people keep wishing, praying and waiting for him," notes Kirkire. It's Christmas and we all look for magic and miracle. "Which is why the song," says George. On a deeper level, it is about us and them, he adds, referring to the class divide between the rich and the poor. "It is about the poor marginalised Peters, it is their grouse, in a lighter vein of course, about how Santa doesn't find his way into their realm of reality. Peter is expressing his disappointment over this touch of magic and hope never knocking on his door," says George, who made sure the song has fun written all over it. "I especially like the 'kaanfad' part in it," adds Kirkire, who shot the video with Neeraj Kotkar and Vineet Sapru. "I think Vineet, the cameraman, was the only guy who was serious and held the shoot together," jokes George.
With heavy Bandra and Goan elements and feel to the song, another highlight of What Man Santa is the chorus girls of Mumbai. "I wanted these girls to feature in the video. They are regular chorus singers who sing the Western parts in the songs. They are neither too excited nor too emotional. They come, sing, work and go," says Kirkire. George, meanwhile, is penning a film reflecting the same thought. "It's on a similar idea, on the urban quirky life, with a lot of soul in it," he says.
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