Working on ‘Rocket Boys’ Was Tougher Than ‘Scam 1992’: Music Composer Achint Thakkar

Music composer Achint Thakkar, whose name is synonymous with the viral theme of ”Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story”, is now aiming for a mark beyond the sky with his work in ”Rocket Boys”.

The first season of ”Rocket Boys”, a SonyLIV original web series, follows the life and endeavors of Indian nuclear physicists Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai between 1940 and 1960.

Directed by debut director Abhay Pannu, the show begins with a rousing yet haunting score by Thakkar that sets the tone for his exploration of politics, nation-building, and the destruction wrought by war and nuclear energy in a newly independent India.

The 31-year-old composer said it took him a while to break the music for ‘Rocket Boys’ due to the ‘epic’ quality of the show and the timing of it.

“It was more difficult than ‘Scam’ because I was in my comfort zone at the time. It was musically more modern than ‘Rocket Boys’. I could use a lot of stuff in ‘Scam’, which I usually use, but ‘Rocket Boys’ was a show where I couldn’t do that,” added.

Mumbai-born Thakkar said he had to go “old school”, which meant arranging a lot of actual compositions rather than relying on electronic music, his comfort zone. ”We had musicians playing live in the studio. There were a lot of live instruments recorded here. A lot of “Scam” was electronic music, which is more in my comfort zone. So ‘Rocket Boys’ was a challenge but also a great learning experience. ”I think so,” he answered after a while.

The theme song ”Scam 1992”, directed by Hansal Mehta and performed by Pratik Gandhi, has over 26 million views on YouTube alone.

Harshvir Oberai, who filmed ”Rocket Boys” and has been good friends with Thakkar since his Mithibai College days, suggested his name to Pannu.

”It was great fun working with Abhay. He was quite open to any ideas I would submit to him. We were playing most of the time. There wasn’t really a brief so to speak. He just asked me to own it. As soon as I read the screenplay he had written, I fell in love with it. It’s just a matter of reacting to the script. Much credit should also go to Abhay for taking charge of this. He is a truly gifted storyteller and a very good collaborator. “February 4.

”My work towards the end was pretty quick…in the last 40-45 days (before the show aired). I had December and January to work on the final cut. We made sure we were happy with the music before sending the show. ”’Rocket Boys” stars Jim Sarbh as Bhabha, Ishwak Singh as Sarabhai, Regina Cassandra as Bharatanatyam icon and Dr. Sarabhai’s wife, Mrinalini Sarabhai, and Rajit Kapur as Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Saba Azad, KC Shankar and Namit Das also play key roles.

The series uses a mix of Indian and Western classical music, including Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart, to give a sound to India at the time.

“Abhay was also very keen on us keeping the score, especially Vikram and Mrinalini, like that because she was a Bharatanatyam dancer and he was much more grounded. “We don’t use this (music) for Homi actually. Homi was way more flamboyant and he has more of that colonial hangover. That’s why it was important to juxtapose that they were fresh out of British rule at that time.” Before bursting onto the mainstream music scene with ‘Scam 1992’, Thakkar released his album ‘Shalimar’ in Collaboration of 2015 and 2018 ‘Achint & The Khan Brothers’. Also the founder of psychedelic rock band Rosemary, he previously assisted famed commercials composer Michael McCleary on two seasons of the Prime Video series ”Four More Shots Please!” his own study for ”Rocket Boys” which involved to listen to veteran violinist L Shankar and music composer AR Rahman.

”I have heard a lot about L Shankar and AR Rahman. I listened to his ‘Swades’, ‘Dil Se..’ or some of his incredible scores. Every time I watch one of his (Rahman’s) films, it’s like going to school for me. I also listen to Tchaikovsky and Beethoven to get into the zone. Listening to these guys, I feel how they did it, it’s riyaaz (hands-on).” Next up for the composer is the second season of ”Rocket Boys” and Vasan Bala’s ”Monica, O My Darling”, a Netflix Movie.

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