After winning Best Playback Singer and the Most Popular Song on radio award along with singer Shaan at GIMA recently, music composer and singer Shantanu Moitra will be putting together the soundtrack for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s next film too. Moitra confirms, “I am composing for
which will be a romantic film. I am involved with it from the scripting stage to rendering some soulful tracks for the film.”
The film is also the re-launch vehicle for Chopra’s sister-in-law, director Tanuja Chandra, who’s last release was the Sushmita Sen-Shiney Ahuja-starrer
is slated to go on floors early next year. Chopra, Moitra admits, in his capacity as the producer, director, or both, is always involved in the music of his films.
“Vidhu has tremendous clarity and fantastic music sense. He may not interfere in other departments when he is not directing, but he takes personal interest in the lyrics and music of all his films and involves musicians from the scripting stage itself.”
No wonder then that Chopra’s films, from
Khamoshi, Munnabhai MBBS
Lage Raho Munnabhai, Eklavya
have topped the charts with their popular songs. Moitra has composed for the latter four. Talking about his favourite producer, Moitra says, “Vidhu knows how to disconnect. Even if he is having a bad day, all it takes is a short break and he gets back with the same vigour.”
Besides Chopra’s film, Moitra is also composing for National Award winning Bengali filmmaker Anirudh Roy Chaudhari and Gautam Haldar. A private album paying homage to Rabindranath Tagore, in collaboration with celebrated lyricist Gulzar, is also on the cards. The album is slated to release towards the end of December and has songs rendered by Sonu Niigaam and Shreya Ghoshal.
Ecstatic about the awards he won recently, Moitra says, “Having an exclusive awards event only for musicians is fantastic. The is also a non-film award category which will help musicians from across India get recognition for their work, which is really encouraging. It’s not very often that I take home trophies for my work. So I am humbled that I got two for