After creating memorable tracks in Indian cinema, Shantanu Moitra desires of turning into an expert mountaineer. He even conceptualised a live performance collection on his 100-day journey throughout the Himalayas. He additionally desires to do an album with the sounds of celestial objects corresponding to that of the earth rotating on its axis, of Jupiter and of wind blowing in Mars, which he already has in his assortment! “The reason I became a music composer was to pursue my passions without asking for leave,” he chuckles.
A speaker on the digital version of Animation Masters Summit organised by Toonz Animation in Thiruvananthapuram, Shantanu says that subsequent on his itinerary is following the course of the Brahmaputra.
Excerpts from an interplay:
Journey from Parineeta to Gulabo Sitabo
Since I acquired it proper with my first movie [Parineeta] itself, I have been making an attempt for a similar outcome for the final 20 years. That is difficult. Things having modified through the years – the business, the viewers, their tastes, I now need no matter I create to have an innocence. And that may’t occur should you maintain your self on a pedestal. It requires fixed unlearning, which occurs when I take a break and journey. We artistes change into narcissistic at occasions and take ourselves too critically. So there’s a battle with myself to swap off that narcissism button! Something has undoubtedly modified in me through the years. I have change into fearless. I have the conviction to current one thing completely different, as within the case of Gulabo Sitabo.
But are songs shedding their significance in cinema?
Importance of music in cinema has diminished. But it’s a passing part. In a rustic like India the place you have so many languages and dialects, songs typically change into a method of communication. For occasion, many people may select a tune to categorical love or nostalgia. Even when folks complain about classical music or folks music shedding its maintain, the actual fact is these genres have continually advanced and that’s how they survive.
I consider that songs are usually not only for leisure, they have to mix with the story. That’s why I work with people who find themselves good storytellers. I at all times keep true to the script. My tune getting extra YouTube hits will not be vital. Cinema has to change into higher. One movie or filmmaker is sufficient to make the distinction. I am an enormous fan of Mani Ratnam sir and, maybe, if he comes up with one thing new, which may change into a pattern. It requires a specific amount of musicality within the director to shoot a tune.
- Shantanu began his profession as a shopper servicing government at an advert company. He composed a number of jingles, together with many for director Pradeep Sarkar, then the inventive head of an advert company. Pradeep took him on board Parineeta. Before that he had composed indie tracks corresponding to ‘Ab ke saawan’ and ‘Mann ke manjeere’ for Shubha Mudgal. His filmography reads Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Yahaan, 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Naa Bangaaru Talli, PK, Wazir, Pink, October and Gulabo Sitabo.
- During the lockdown the musician began dwell interplay on his official Facebook web page with “his friends from in and outside the industry” corresponding to Shreya Ghoshal, Vidya Balan, Shoojit Sircar, Harsha Bhogle, Biswadeep Chatterjee, Anirudha Roy Chowdhury. Check out his session with Shubha Mudgal on August 2 on his web page, Shantanu Moitra.
- The day Chandrayaan 2 failed to comfortable land on the moon, he determined to do a live performance devoted to the area mission. At ‘Chandrayaan: Celebrating India’s Journey To The Moon’, offered by National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and Sahachari Foundation in January this 12 months, Shantanu “humanised” the mission. He equated Chandrayaan to “a 21-year-old”, who leaves dwelling in search of his aim. Starting from the take off, every stage of the mission was conceptualised as a separate phase. Main artistes with him have been Kaushiki Chakraborty, Jayanti Kumaresh, Rakesh Chaurasia, and Ambi Subramaniam. The live performance is out there on NCPA’s official YouTube channel.
Does that designate your a number of initiatives with administrators corresponding to Pradeep Sarkar, Sudheep Misra, Rajkumar Hirani, Shoojit Sircar, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury …?
I am usually into long-term relationships (laughs). Only when you realize an individual for a very long time will true artwork come out. Once we set up that consolation degree, we will begin pushing one another. Had I not labored with Shoojit earlier than, I wouldn’t have experimented with folks music and edgy notes in Gulabo Sitabo. The motive why [director] Steven Spielberg and [composer] John Williams have labored collectively for over 4 many years is that the collaboration has helped each of them develop. And if you develop collectively, that’s stunning. Even although all these administrators are completely different from each other, all of them are masters at multitasking.
There has been some particular relationships in your journey, corresponding to these with Gulzar and Swanand Kirkire…
Gulzar saab is my youngest buddy in Mumbai. No different particular person can outline multitasking higher than him. I have by no means seen him slowed down by something. He is stuffed with life, stuffed with positivity. Astronomy is commonly a subject in our interplay and never music. He can also be that window to the world I admire, that of SD Burman, RD Burman… He typically offers me suggestions as nicely. According to him the most important drawback with composers is that we have a tendency to glorify the truth that we will discover a tune shortly. But the vital factor is what we do with the tune. He talks about how RD Burman used to arrive at a tune in 5 minutes however would spend the following 5 days engaged on it, chiseling it and making it higher.
As for Swanand, my life would have been incomplete if he had not come into my life. Some of my finest works in cinema have been with him, beginning with ‘Baawra man’ [from Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi] and Parineeta. I would’ve felt lonely in Bollywood if I haven’t had such fantastic associates. I am lucky that an awesome tune comes up whereas I am having a dialog or having fun with good meals with these associates.
Any plans to work within the movie industries in south India?
I am an enormous fan of SPB sir (SP Balasubramaniam) and Chithraji (KS Chithra). She has sung for me in Parineeta. I would love to work with filmmakers in South India. But the issue is that when I end a Hindi film, I take off to the mountains. However, Naa Bangaaru Talli [Telugu-Malayalam film that won him the National award for the best background score] was an awesome alternative. I admire the cinema being made there and love Malayalam movies, particularly that of Shaji N Karun, thanks to Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.
Looking forward for…
Shoojit Sircar’s Udham Singh, starring Vicky Kaushal, and a venture with Ambi Subramaniam and Kaushiki Chakraborty.