After giving scintillating hits like Emosanal Attyachar and Saali Khushi, National Award winner Amit Trivedi is back. And this time with another refreshing set of music for director Onir’s ‘I Am…’ In a tete-a-tete with Metrolife, the young music director shares his views about music and work.
Being an out-of-the-box film, the music of ‘I Am…’ suits its independent theme. Says Amit, “The movie has four parts to it — ‘I Am Afia’, ‘I Am Megha’, ‘I Am Abhimanyu’ and ‘I Am Omar’ and each part has an inspiring story behind it. I have worked on the title track for ‘I Am..’ and two other numbers for ‘Afia’ and ‘Megha’.
The songs have been influenced by different genres like soft rock, Sufi and electrical sounds. They are very diverse and philosophical and have depth, in the lyrics as well as the composition.” He adds, “Onir is a brilliant person and very dedicated. I have worked with director Anurag Kashyap (who make his acting debut in this film) and Amitabh Bhattacharya, the lyricist, earlier too. So it was a great experience.”
Touted to be the ‘next big thing’, Amit broke all barriers in ‘Dev D’ by using different genres of music. He says, “I love experimenting and bringing in different instruments and styles.” And his work speaks for himself — be it offbeat projects like Aamir and Udaan or commercial flicks like ‘Wake Up Sid’ and Aisha. He adds, “It is all about striking the right balance. I love doing offbeat music because it comes naturally to me and is more interesting and challenging. But it is also fun to work in a not-so-serious film, once in a while.”
He has varied taste in music which is very evident in all his compositions. He adds, “I enjoy almost every kind of music be it alternate rock, pop, jazz or even Punjabi and contemporary Indian music.” And his musical journey has been a smooth one, right from his college days when he was part of a band called ‘Om’, till date.
Before foraying into films, he composed music for TV shows and albums. “But for now, I am happy doing films and have no plans of working on an album.” He adds, “I have two movies lined up. One is ‘Chillar Party’, a kids movie and is something that I have never done before. And Karan Johar’s rom-com which is a commercial movie.” And apart from composing music, he is a lyricist as well as a singer. He says, “I mostly concentrate on making music but if required, I don’t mind singing.”
Though he has composed the theme song of Royal Challengers Bangalore, personally, the director is not a big fan of cricket. He grins, “I am not following IPL at all. I had too much of cricket when the World Cup was on. I root for Mumbai Indians but the initial excitement of IPL, when it first started, isn’t there anymore.”
Published: Deccan Herald