'Making remakes is not a healthy trend'

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 21 August 2017

Music composer Mithoon says that film music is his first love and will always remain so and he is happy to  take up only 40 per cent of the work he’s offered.

 As India celebrated its 71st Independence Day, music composer Mithoon, recently launched a peace anthem titled God Bless India. He collaborated with singer Sonu Kakkar and gospel artist Shreya Kant for the project.

Music composer Mithoon says that film music is his first love and will always remain so and he is happy to  take up only 40 per cent of the work he’s offered.

 As India celebrated its 71st Independence Day, music composer Mithoon, recently launched a peace anthem titled God Bless India. He collaborated with singer Sonu Kakkar and gospel artist Shreya Kant for the project.

The Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga composer says that the concept is something which has been in his heart for some time now. “When this organisation called Ashram of Life asked me if I want to be part of this project, I said yes. The song gives out a very beautiful message — Hum Sab Ek Hain — which highlights our heritage and promotes national integration. It talks about the beauty and strength of our country, so keeping aside my creative thoughts, I worked on this. In spite of the fact that when it comes to film projects, I do not sing for other composers and it’s been 11 years since I have been doing so,” says Mithoon. 

With the kind of political and social disturbances happening in the country, God Bless India comes at the right time. Though Mithoon refuses to comment on the political situation, he says, “I believe that the message of national integration is apt and is needed every now and then. We need to spread the message across generations. When I was in school, we were told about national integration because people of different castes and communities live together in India.”   

The composer who has worked on films like Ek Villain, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Sanam Re, Ki & Ka, Shab, among others, says that the process of working on a film and an independent project is completely different. “When you are working on a film project, you are basically adapting someone else’s vision. The director is communicating his concept or vision through your music. On the other hand, while working on independent music you are the storyteller yourself. You are more deeply involved in the project,” says the composer, adding that 90 per cent of his projects have been film music. “Film music is my first love and will always remain so,” he says.

WORKING ON SEQUELS
On the professional front, Mithoon is working on Aksar 2, starring Zarine Khan and Gautam Rode. This is not the first time that the composer has worked on a sequel, he’s composed the music for Aashiqui 2 and Hate Story 2 as well. When the music of the first part is a big hit, does it create pressure to make equally good music for the sequel? “I do not take any kind of pressure. I had also composed the music of Murder 2 and Murder is a big brand of music. I think I don’t take external pressure because I am an internal person. More than the pressure, it’s the standards that I have to live up to which I have set for myself,” says Mithoon who doesn’t work on too many projects, just two to three films a year. 

“There are times when I am ready with a song but I scrap it and go back to creating a new one even though the director likes it. That’s because I have to be completely convinced about the music I create. It’s more of an internal pressure. Having said that, I have loved the music of Aksar. The music of the sequel is my own interpretation and style. I haven’t recreated any old songs and it’s a completely new album,” he says.

Directors and producers mostly want to cash in on the popularity of the original film. We either hear a hook line or similar kind of music. “It depends on what kind of sequel it is? There are certain sequels which just carry forward the brand and has nothing to do with the original story. When we have a brand new story, I don’t feel the need to have any kind of connection with the first film. I realise that it needs a fresh perspective,” says the composer who has won several awards for his music.

Creating originals
With the innumerable remakes being made in Bollywood nowadays, does it indicate that the industry is running out of talent?  “I don’t think we are running out of fresh ideas,” says Mithoon adding, “My song in Half Girlfriend was an original song and it’s not just me but there are many other composers who are doing very good original songs. Creating original music is a very important component of films in India and making remakes is not a healthy trend.”

Three years back, Mithoon  had recreated a song — Aye Mere Humsafar and after that he had decided to not recreate another. “I have taken a stand to promote original music and will continue to do so. I also understand that at the end of the day, everyone wants a hit song and I do get offers to recreate hit songs but I don’t take up such projects. I only sign 40 per cent of the work that I am offered,” he says before signing off. 

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