Live musical instruments increase the value of a song: Mannan Shaah
MUMBAI: With the growing trend of multi music composer, lyricist and singer Bollywood film albums, the fear of failure and the joy of success seems to be diminishing. But, there are a handful few that still get the opportunity to put the entire album together. Music composer Mannan Shaah is one such music composer.
Shaah who started his musical career as a singer back in 2011 with songs ‘Thosa Sa Pyaar’ and ‘Baadlon Pe Paon’ for the film ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’ turned to music composition in 2013 after on being guided by music composer Pritam. His first film as a music composer was producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s ‘Commando – A One Man Army’ and he is back with its second edition ‘Commando 2: The Black Money Trail’.
On giving music to the second edition of the film Shaah states, “The music of this film is completely different from its first part. This film is very urban and sleek. Here we are also establishing a romantic Vidyut Jamwal as a romantic hero that is why we have a romantic number in ‘Tere Dil Mein’."
The composer further adds, “A song always adds to the character of a movie. They are as important as the background score.”
Shaah not just understands the importance of a song but he also knows the elements that work in favour of a song. The romantic track of ‘Commando 2’, ‘Tere Dil Mein’ sung by Armaan Malik went on to trend on Twitter. “We have received fabulous reaction to the song,” says Shaah.
Shaah who has composed four songs for ‘Commando 2’ feels that melody is the most important thing in a track. “Lyrics design a character, but melody brings in the soul. I personally like melody but I have given music as per the films demand.”
He further explains that the key to right film music is to balance both its film and audio value. “One has to keep in mind the shelf value that a song would have as a sole property. For, music is sold by its self too.”
Shaah says that composing is a huge responsibility having seen both sides of the coin. “Making tunes too is not difficult but bringing in the production value to the song is a grilling process. We got Chennai Strings, the most popular symphony orchestra, on board for ‘Tere Dil Mein’. We went to Chennai to record with them. We also got Warren Mendonsa to play the guitar for us. 70 to 80 per cent of ‘Commando 2’ music has live instruments,” reveals the composer.
Being a huge fan of live instruments Shaah makes it a point to have live instruments in his music compositions. “The tone of live musical instruments increases the value of a song. It means putting in some extra effort, but I am all up for a song.”
The composer also does not mind waiting for months to get the right lyrics in place. He waited three months for lyricist Aatish Kapadia to get the right lyrics for the love song of the film. “Aatish has done a fantastic job with the lyrics of ‘Tere Dil Mein’. He kept sending me drafts and we finalised it only after three months. Each of his drafts were outstanding but we were trying to get the right draft for the film,” reveals Shaah.
The composer has already begun working on upcoming Bollywood projects, but he is eagerly waiting for the entire album of 'Commando 2' to be released.