The music release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya was scheduled for the first week of September. But with some more finessing – read digital re-mastering – the event has been postponed to September 13.
This is Monty Sharma's first film score. And the music rights of the album have been sold for the staggering price of Rs 12 crore.
Sharma has done several background music scores including that of Black. Bhansali asked him to compose the songs for a film "I didn't know for which movie. I realised that it was Saawariya only after several sittings," the affable music director narrates.
Sharma was initially signed to score music for Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani. "I have no idea why Bajirao Mastani is on hold. Sanjayji just decided to go ahead with Black and now Saawariya is happening," says Sharma.
Sharma is expectedly secretive about the songs of Saawariya since Bhansali likes to do all the talking whenever the time is right (meaning publicity only please). All that the music director volunteers is, "I've recorded 14 songs.. I have no idea how many will actually make it to the movie."
Very few know that Sharma is the grandson of Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma and nephew of Pyarelal of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal team. He narrates, "Music is in our blood. My father Anand was one Sharma of the best viola players of his time. I started my career with Mr India with Laxmikant-Pyarelal – I played keyboard. After that I always worked with them."
He continues, "Tauji (Laximkant) would always tell me that it's better to be original and wait for the right break than to steal tunes and get instant fame. I've waited so many years.. now hopefully I'm here to stay."
Sharma was the arranger on Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam for which Ismail Darbar was the music director. Has this resulted in bad vibes? "Ismail used to learn violin from my dadaji. So there can be no ill feelings between us," Sharma insists.
His cousin Mithoon has already gained a foothold in the film industry as a music director. How does he take that? "Mithoon was always focused about his work and music while I was a bit laidback. There will be healthy competition between us."