She is not happy with the portrayal of women in Bollywood, but when it comes to music, sitarist Anoushka Shankar doesn’t mind composing for films if it fits her form. “If the right film comes along, I’d love to do it,” said the 32-year-old over a candid chat at the recently-concluded Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.
The international musician, who straddles between the US, UK and India, however maintains that she wouldn’t do film music without good reason. “I’m very interested in composing for movies, but I have a very successful musical career so I don’t need to take on any film for the opportunity. I am not looking to be a full-time composer for films. I’ll only do a movie if it feels like the right fit for what I have to offer ... for my form of music, for my strength ... there are many people who make more popular form of music that suit the Bollywood film industry — much better than I will ever do it,” says the daughter of late sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar, who was a music director for several Satyajit Ray films, and was the first Indian to compose music for Hollywood films, too.
Talking about her association with her half-sister, singer Norah Jones, Anoushka says, “She is an amazing musician. She added a lot of magic to my album (Breathing Under Water). We’re sisters, we’re close.”