Gingger Shankar who has made her mark on the international circuit, has composed the title track and background score of director Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout. The film, that revolves around a cop played by Vijay Verma, who is undecided about shooting a gangster also sees actors like Nawazuddin Sidiqui and Tanishtha Chatterjee in pivotal roles. Talking about the title track, The 3rd world, Shankar says,
“It’s about leaving this world and entering a different dimension. You don’t quite know where you are. The song also sees Vijay contemplating different repurcussions to the decision he has to make. When I spoke to Amit Kumar, he wanted a lot of western and Indian
percussion. So, I used a double violin, the piano, cello, the viola and sano, besides using my voice to make it sound western.”
In contrast, the film’s background score is on a contemporary note. “The background score is very electronic and classical as we wanted to give it an international feel and be at par with other background scores. Electronic beats were used because we wanted to give it a modern feel, especially for the chase and the night sequences, when Vijay is trying to pin Nawazuddin down,” explained Shankar.
Shankar even roped in Heather Macintosh, a cello player from Los Angles, Pirashanna Thevarajah percussionist from London who had earlier performed with Ravi Shankar and used several local drummers from Los Angles where both the title track and the background score were recorded. The project fell in her lap when Shankar was performing at the Sundance Film Festival and met someone from Anurag Kashyap Films. She later met Kumar and loved the film’s script. Shankar who has also composed music for Katiyabaaz has landed a project with international singer Katy Perry.
“I did the strings and double violin for the single Legendary lovers for Perry’s album, Prism.” The international artiste also co-composed the music with John Debney for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, and performed and wrote the lyrics of Jackie Chan’s Forbidden Kingdom.