Whether it’s composing or singing for romantic, horror films or gangster films to dabbling in other genres and assisting composers, the sky is not the limit for the new crop of musicians
In an industry previously dominated by veterans right from A. R. Rahman to Pritam, new composers had scarcely got a chance to showcase their prowess. However in the past year, several new tunes were heard, a trend that may well continue in 2015. Ankit Tiwari who was last heard lending his vocals for Dil darbadar in PK will be belting out quite a few melodies in the beginning of the year. We will hear him in the horror flick, Alone, in which he will sing a duet Katra katra with Prakriti Kakkar. He along with Jeet Ganguly and Mithoon have composed the film’s music. Tiwari will also be heard crooning for the much touted Khamoshiyan where he will again be heard in a duet with Kakkar. The singer-composer has also roped in KK to sing a song composed by him in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaara, the remake of the French film Les Lyonnais. Some of his other projects include Junooniyat and Wazir. The former which is already on the floors features him working on some romantic songs for the film.
Speaking about working on Wazir, he men- tioned, “Wazir is an intense film produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra so the music will have soft Indian tunes. One is a duet, the other still needs to be confirmed.” Jubin Nautiyal’s soft voice helps him to effortlessly sing in a low pitch.
After first singing Ek mulaaqat hai in Sonali Cable, the singer will be singing all the songs in Rocky Khanna’s directo- rial debut Hai Dil. “I am singing all the songs which feature the lead. There is a Punjabi disco number, a Sufi song; we are using a variety of beats and grooves like reggae, samba, jazz and punk.” Nautiyal will also be composing the music for Mastaan, Khanna’s second film, which is a gangster film starring Naseeruddin Shah and Vivaan Shah. While talking about how he visualised the music for Mastaan he explained that while, “The songs will be romantic, they will also be in the heavy zone.”
Another singer who rose to fame after crooning the saccharine Tumko toh aana hi tha in Jai Ho was Armaan Malik. This was followed by Naina from Khoobsurat, the Sonam Kapoor-Fawad Khan starrer. His next was a stirring rendition in Auliya from Ungli, which had profound lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and was composed by Salim-Sulaiman. Expectedly, Malik has a packed schedule this year and will be working with a host of artistes. “I have sung a couple of songs for Salim-Sulaiman and will also sing for Himesh Reshammiya. I have already sung a song in Ghayal Returns for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and shall sing a couple of songs for Salman bhai’s forth-coming movies and productions.” Following in the footsteps of Sajid-Wajid, Atul and Ajay Gogavale, Armaan Malik’s brother, Amaal too is a composer. Predominantly using notes of the flute and the piano, He scored Tum ko..We next heard his com- positions in Naina from Khoobsurat which largely relied on notes of the guitar. One of his first releases this year is the song Sooraj dooba hai from Roy. In the upbeat song featuring Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez, Amaal has infused EDM beats. He will also be composing music for Calender Girls, Leela and for the sex-comedy Mastizaade produced by Pritish Nandy.
After scoring music for two successful ventures, which included Happy Ending and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, friends turned partners Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya have an impressive line-up this year which begins with Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur. The film’s first song
Aaj mera jee karda trended ever since its audio released. The song which is an intense number has been innovatively infused with metal
notes and instantly grips you. According to their spokesperson, the duo will also be seen working on ABCD 2 and Remo D’Souza’s next. After scoring music for Bollywood’s first film on street dance and cleverly deploying a range of genres from hip hop to techno beats, we wonder what’s next in the pipeline. The year also sees several female musicians making their mark. Right from Kanika Kapoor whose Baby Doll became a rage will be singing a ballad which she describes as a soft soulful song with Sufi notes. “It’s a haunting num- ber which has the feel of a sad song found in a Yash Chopra film,” explained Kapoor as she spoke about her newest experiment this year. Her first release, however is a dance number for Roy, which has been composed by Meet Bros Anjjan and has been written by Kumaar. The song is one of the newer numbers from the film and is about to release soon. Kapoor will also be lending her voice for item numbers, “I’ll be singing a dance number for both Leela and The Legend of Michael Mishra.”
However, it’s not only as playback singers, but women are also working behind the scenes and assisting composers. Priya Andrews who was heard in Shake your bootiya from Finding Fanny and the evocative Mileya mileya from Happy Ending may be heard lending her vocals for ABCD 2. The budding musician is a part of Sachin-Jigar’s team and has even assisted in composing Aaj mera.. from ‘Badlapur’. She will also be assisting in compos- ing a song for ‘ABCD 2’. “I originally com- posed Aaj mera.. on the acoustic guitar and added notes of the electric gui-tar to amplify the sound. I worked on the keys and the acoustic guitar for a song from ‘ABCD 2’.”
While some have a flair for romantic songs, others are known for their quirky compositions; but they all have one thing that binds them a passion for music and the desire to be creative, which is gradually reflecting in their work.