February 26, 2009 9:20:31 pm
Actor,writer and lyricist Piyush Mishra turns music director for Anurag Kashyaps Gulaal
He has brought alive a variety of character roles in films such as Dil Se and Maqbool. He has also let his pen do most of the talking when he wrote dialogues for movies like The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and lyrics for Black Friday and Tashan. But this time,multi-tasker Piyush Mishra is turning music director with Anurag Kashyaps forthcoming Gulaal.
Composing music is something that probably comes naturally to me. Although I have learnt sitar for five years earlier in life,it wasnt something I pursued very seriously, says Mishra,who is working with Kashyap for the second time after Black Friday. Incidentally,he penned the popular Bandeh track sung by the band Indian Ocean in the movie.
Mishra has also written the lyrics for the songs of Gulaal,sung two of the tracks and acted in the film too.
Mishras style is unconventional. He talks about George Bush in a mujra,incorporates a variety of genres across the eight tracks and comes up with an eclectic mix. I love different kind of sounds,but broadly I would say these compositions are indian in its sound and are a tribute to the music of the 1960s that thrive on melodies and hummable tunes, feels Mishra.
Given that Gulaal started six years ago,did he have to rework the songs? We just recorded the music a few months ago but the compositions have remained intact. Bizarre ideas can only be executed if you have an open mind,like Anurags. We didnt look at commercial viability per se, he says.
While Mishra is already busy with writing scripts for Yash Raj and Shaad Ali,lyrics for Vishal Bhardwaj and acting in White Elephant,what tops his list post the release of Gulaal is writing his own book. Its not going to be an autobiography for sure but a swift blend of fiction with some of my real life instances. I have come such a long way that I feel compelled to pen it all down in a book, he says,who will be through with his book in two months.
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