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After writing songs and drumming beats in the background for Zero,a rock band from Mumbai...

Written by Pallavi Jassi |
February 3, 2009 1:33:49 am

A drummer,singer and guitarist,Siddharth Coutto is the newest composer in Bollywood

After writing songs and drumming beats in the background for Zero,a rock band from Mumbai,and singing and strumming the guitar for another band called Helgas Fun Castle for 10 years,29-year-old Siddharth Coutto is all set to debut in Bollywood with Madhureeta Anand’s Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye,not only as an actor but also as a music composer.

“I’m a songwriter first. But I was called in to audition for the role of a bassist whose band stays next door to the protagonist in the film. So I decided to take it since playing a musician comes naturally to me,” smiles Coutto.

However,he had another reason to turn up for the audition. “ I figured that being in the film would give me the opportunity to spend more time with the director and I could show them what kind of music I made,” he adds. And,it sure did. Not only did Coutto bag the background score for the film but also got to compose two other tracks — Kabhie kabhie and Kab talak.

“The director wanted an Indian sound so I mixed varied instruments — tanpura,sitar,santoor and tabla — with the bass and drums. It’s an orchestral piece that sounds nice,” says Coutto,a self-trained musician.

“Taking up Bollywood films is a different experience as I’m no longer hiding behind a band name. And acting has been fun too. Except the fact that for a two-second shot I had to wait in the vanity van for hours.”

He has also done the background score for an English film called The President Is Coming which is more rock-ish. His next film as composer is called Raat Gayi Baat Gayi. Watch out for Coutto and his new band Tough On Tobacco — a pop-rock-reggae act.

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