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Raincoat music composer Pak bound

Debojyoti Mishra has been chosen to compose the songs of the Pakistani film, Ramchand Pakistani. Ritujaay Ghosh speaks to the music director.

music Updated: Jun 07, 2012 16:24 IST

It is a venture that brings India and Pakistan closer and no one is more excited than Debojyoti Mishra. The composer will score the music for the Pakistani film,

Ramchand Pakistani

. This is the first time that an Indian has been approached to compose all the songs of a movie being made in Pakistan.



“It’s a big leap for Indian musicians as a whole and I am certainly feeling excited,” says Mishra, who has already recorded three songs with singers such as Shubha Mudgal, Abida Parveen, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali of Pakistani band Fuson. The songs were recorded last month in Karachi.



The composer, who will record the two remaining songs in India in June, says that the project came to him all of a sudden and feels that his creations will win over the hearts of both Indians and Pakistanis once the film releases by the year end.



“The producers heard my composition

Mathura nagar pati

in Rituporno Ghosh’s

Raincoat

but they did not have my number. They got in touch with Shubhaji who helped them contact me,” says the composer who did not take much time in giving his consent.



<b1>Ramchand Pakistani

, which also features actor Nandita Das, is being produced by one of the leading production houses of Pakistan, Project 1 (Pvt) Ltd. It talks of an eight-year-old boy who accidentally crosses into Indian territory. The child’s father goes looking for him but ends up getting arrested, with his son, by the BSF.



The film focuses on the child’s experiences during the few years he spends in a jail in Bhuj, Gujarat, the relationships he develops with the other prisoners and the jailor and his coming of age in the prison.



“I was briefed and keeping in mind the human angle of the film I spent a few days in Kutch and picked up the folk music of that region before composing for the film,” says Mishra, who spent 10 days in March in Karachi with sound engineer Dipankar Chaki to record the songs. “I did not have an idea that they are such enthusiasts about Indian music. The best thing is that I always felt at home there,” he says.



The three songs

Meri maati mujhe mera sansaar de

(Abida Parveen and Shubha Mudgal),

Phir wohi raaste

(Shafqat Amanat Ali) and

Tera aanchal raha aasman ki tarah

(Rahat Fateh Ali Khan), are all melody-based and are a blend of Indian and Pakistani folk mainly from Bhuj, Sindh, Kutch and Rajasthan. The sound arrangement in Pakistan was done by Rahil Hayat, the composer of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan hit song

Jiya dhadak dhadak jaye.



“The songs have been written by poet and lyricist Anwar Maqsoodm, who is the father of Bilal Maqsood, the vocalist of the Pakistani band

Strings

,” says Mishra, who plans to complete his compositions by June.