Music composer Manan Bharadwaj, who composed the music for the film Shiddat Is About to Roll, reunites with his godfather in Bhushan Kumar: The Tribune India
Music composer Manan Bharadwaj is from Haryana. He completed a number of Bollywood projects in a short period of time. As he prepares for the promotion of his first film Shiddat, we catch up with him on his journey so far, about his mentor Bhushan Kumar, a few upcoming collaborations with Punjabi singers.
The abundance of content made artists look for a unique selling point. Has Finding a USP Become Important?
If you stay true to your art, everything is secondary. My job is to do my best. My work never leaves my studio if I am not convinced that I am 100 percent dedicated to it.
Your title song for the movie Shiddat has been released. What should be remembered for listeners?
I believe this song is like water and will eventually take its own course. We have tried to bring something new and I have had good feedback so far.
Do you like to experiment? Does this make you nervous?
While dabbling with something new, it’s always risky if the composer isn’t confident, but you can’t let fear dominate the creative side. When Roja came out her music was something we had never heard before. If it had not been published; I wouldn’t have been a composer. The songs of AR Rahman sir (listening to Roja’s tape on repeat at the age of four), his interviews were part of my upbringing.
You worked with director Kunal Deshmukh in Shiddat and are now preparing to work in films like Radhe Shyam and Hit. So which director has become your favorite?
I’m new to the industry and I would be able to respond to that maybe 10 years later when I had done enough work with different directors. Choosing favorites is a complete no-no, just as a composer cannot afford to have a favorite genre.
Have you composed music for hit songs like Veham, Kandhe Ka Vo Til, Pehle Pyar Ka Pehla Gham and Teri Aankhon Mein? Who do you credit for your success?
As my bio reads, I am officially and happily owned by T-Series. So the credit goes to Bhushan sir (Bhushan Kumar, music producer and general manager of T-Series) for noticing the potential of my compositions. He’s like a godfather to me. I remember sending him Teri Aankhon Mein at 5 a.m. I’m happy that Divya Khosla Kumar (Bhushan’s wife) is featured in the song. It gives me immense pleasure to be the composer of the song that has crossed 360 million views.
You don’t have a favorite genre as a composer, but as a listener do you have any favorites?
My music playlist is out of sync with the current time. I listen to western music to keep up to date. I also listen to Ghulam Ali sahab, Mehndi Hassan sahab, Jagjit sahab and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Bollywood having become the ultimate promoter of Punjabi music, have you had the opportunity to collaborate with Punjabi artists?
For Shiddat, I collaborated with a gem of a person and power of Punjabi Sufi music, Master Saleem ji. He is always full of energy. We had been recording all night and yet when we got home he sat down with his harmonium and sang. He sang Chitta Kukkad, an interpretation of the Punjabi folk song, for which I gave music. Also, Guru Randhawa and I are going to release a song soon.
Was it a proud moment when Haryanvis showed his excellence at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics?
Whether it is a Haryanvi or any part of India, we are always proud when Indians do something good for the country. I believe that “jaise Bihari ka dil toota hai toh UPSC clear kar deta hai, vaise Haryanvi ka dil toota hai to voh medal the aata hai”. We do everything with passion.