The Score Magazine - Archive April 2017 - Page 14

Factoid: Sooraj Dooba Hai was downright rejected by several producers and makers before T-Series honcho Bhushan Kumar picked it up for Roy. Mallik beat the ‘Mozart of Madras’ A.R. Rahman to become the second youngest music-director to win the Filmfare Award at 23, the first being Rajesh Roshan who bagged it at the age of 21 and Rahman was 29 years old when he lifted up the ‘Black Lady’ for his debut Hindi project as a composer, Rangeela. Bizarre instances with fans have been many, but there was this one very beautiful and cute incident that I can very well recollect is when a 12-yearold boy came down from Kolkata with his uncle and stayed in Mumbai for four days just to wish me on my birthday. Your musical inspiration and key influences: I avidly listen to eminent German composer and record producer Hans Zimmer. Music somewhere epitomises Hans Zimmer for me. The man is a stupendous genius. In the Indian scene, I’ve learnt a lot from Pritam sir (Chakraborty), Salim Sulaimanji, Amar Mohile, Sandeep Chowta and voraciously fed upon a staple collection of the erstwhile gems like Laxmi- Pyare, R.D. Burman, et al. I grew up listening to Pritamji, A.R. Rahmansaab and my uncle Anu Malikji. My another uncle Praveen (maasi’s husband) was also instrumental in getting me an access to a lot of internationally reputed artistes’ repertoire like that of Dire Straits, Foreigner, Prince, MJ, ABBA, Kraftwerk, Seal, etc. My regular playlist included an eclectic choice with names like Tom Holkenborg, Brian Tyler, Harry Gregson Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Porcupine Tree, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nickelback, Coldplay, U2 and Creed on the inlay card. So, it’s a mixed-bag in toto. Besides, some Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan songs, some Arabic tunes and the beats of African music would occupy the music-cabinet. As a composer, how difficult is it to reprise a different version of an already popular song as remakes of yesteryear hits seem the current flavour of the season? The best way to make a reprise/recreation or a tribute piece, (whichever way you’d like to see it) is to attach your style to it. True that it’s a current trend to remake old classics or chartbuster songs and that’s what has been working for the music market for the moment, but it needs to be done with great tact I feel. For I always ask myself, “What extra can I lend to this particular song to reverberate my personal style through it?” If I can’t shell out something new or add to it musically, then I prefer not doing it at all. I’d rather refrain from remakes and concentrate on my own original stuff. Gone are the days when superhit jodis like Lata- Kishore, Rafi-Asha, Sanu-Alka, Udit-Sadhna and till very recently, Sonu-Shreya or Shaan-Shreya would happily reign the film music industry. Do you miss the making of such hit pairs as solo voices are more frequently heard these days? Well, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this aspect. A profitable pair suggests more comfort and ease in working. Also they become increasingly sure and confident 12 The Score Magazine of getting approached for songs consistently. One big disadvantage to this system is that no new