From being a lyricist to attempting your arms in singing to now directing your first sequence, how do you look again at your journey to date?
My journey has been very eventful and good. I really feel fortunate that I acquired a probability to accomplish that many issues. Music and movies have all the time been my ardour however not many individuals know that I’m a skilled movie editor from the distinguished FTII (Film and Television Institute of India). When I got here out of the institute, I acquired a probability to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on ‘Khamoshi’ as assistant editor. But I didn’t need to solely edit. I wished to do many many issues. It was round that point when I used to be supplied to write songs for an album. I wrote songs for a lot of albums, which additionally included an album with the good Bhupen Hazarika. I used to be the songwriter for the final album recorded by Bhupen da referred to as ‘The Complete Bhupen Hazarika’. Soon movies adopted. Hansal Mehta was making a movie referred to as ‘Chhal’ and he gave me my first movie.
I finished enhancing and shifted to full-time writing. I wrote screenplays and dialogues for a lot of TV reveals. Films adopted them too and I acquired to write songs and dialogues for Onir’s a number of award winner ‘My Brother Nikhil’ and screenplay, dialogues and songs for National Award winner ‘Antardwand’.
My spouse Shruti Anindita Vermaa and I made a decision to begin our personal manufacturing home. We have been producing numerous sorts of stuff which incorporates brief movies, documentaries, music movies, company songs and movies to title a few.
‘Teen Do Paanch’ was supposed to be a movie however as a result of of the pandemic and the lockdown, it was determined to be launched on an OTT platform. The response we are getting is phenomenal.
How did you enterprise into lyrics writing?
This is also a very fascinating story. While in FTII music Director Pritam was my batch-mate and a very shut buddy. We were each large-time RD Burman followers. I typically sat in his room and sang RD songs. In FTII there may be a college students’ train referred to as the playback train the place each unit has to shoot a song. Our unit director Charudutt Acharya requested Pritam and me to make a song that our unit might picturise. Pritam all the time wished to compose so he was very completely satisfied. But the issue was that we didn’t have anybody to write the lyrics. Pritam literally forced me to attempt to write the song. I had by no means written something earlier than that. In reality, I’ve not been into poetry ever. Surprisingly, I managed to write that song. It turned a large success on campus and lots of extra associates wished Pritam and me to make their songs.
By the time I left the campus I had seven songs to my credit score which I had written and sung. After passing out, I began working on Khamoshi and Pritam stored assembly individuals with these seven songs that we had created within the institute. That was the time when Onir was contemplating producing some music albums. Pritam performed our songs to him and he determined to give Pritam and me our first break. This is the story of me becoming a lyrics author.
Who is that one music composer you’ve all the time beloved working with?
I’ve labored with many composers like Pritam, Anu Malik, Sneha Khanwalkar, Amit Trivedi however the composer I beloved working with probably the most is Viju Shah. There are many causes. One is that he was the composer I did my first movie with. Also, I’ve been a large fan of Vijubhai since my scholar days. He has each melody and sound. I’ve accomplished solely two movies with him to date. However, I would love to work once more with him.
Tell us about your bond with Onir. You have written for all his movies…
Onir is one of the primary associates I made in Mumbai. We are very shut household associates now. We are all the time in contact and meet even when there isn’t a work. Before becoming a director, he too was an editor. I began working with him as an assistant. I labored on many initiatives with him. What was very nice of him was that from day one when I began working with him, he by no means referred to as me his assistant; he all the time launched me to individuals as his affiliate. This is one thing very uncommon and uncommon right here. I’ve labored with him in numerous capacities. I’ve written dialogues for him. I’ve been his affiliate in enhancing. And sure I’ve written songs in all his movies and all of the music albums that he has produced.