After contributing to the soundtracks of Hollywood movies,
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants II
and American sitcoms,
Six Feet Under
and to many Bollywood movies like
, electronica music pioneers Midival Punditz and composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale have collaborated on their first full-fledged Bollywood background score for the movie,
Karthik Calling Karthik
“Apart from live and album projects, we are really passionate about films and background scores,” says Tapan Raj, one-half of the Midival Punditz duo, with Gaurav Raina as the other half. “I think it’s the right time to work in Bollywood films since people are experimenting a lot with creativity and are open to new sounds and music.”
The trio has worked together on many albums before, but this is only their third background score together, and their first for a mainstream film. Earlier, the trio had toured globally for a ‘live’ background score of the Bruce Lee movie, Enter The Dragon. It has also scored for Ajay Naidu’s crossover indie movie, Ashes.
“But Karthik Calling Karthik is completely different from anything we’ve done before,” explains Karsh Kale. “We didn’t want to do a typical Bollywood film. We’ve known Farhan (Akhtar) for a while and he presented a great thriller to us, which was right up our alley. So we signed up for it.”
But the score of the movie, on which the trio worked for seven weeks, is, in many ways, a departure from the music that Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale have composed so far. “I’d call it an expansion, and not departure,” Kale says.
“The score had three phases to it. In the first one, we used a lot of orchestral music, as I’ve been working with a lot of orchestras of late. The second phase is the kind of music we make – electronic and sonic up-tempo music. By the end, the two phases come together for a full orchestra-meets-electronic rock sound.”
“The great thing is that Farhan (Akhtar) and Ritesh (Sidhwani) gave us complete freedom,” adds Raj, who has worked on the background score of Let’s Enjoy with Raina before.
“People have now seen the full extent of our ability. They know the kind of music we do, so they are now coming to us. With the kind of new cinema happening, it’s all culminating at the right time for us.”
The trio has also contributed a remix and a song, the ‘Theme song’, which has a “mysterious flash-heavy vibe to it, and is an instrumental rock song”, according to Kale. The original soundtrack of the movie has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.