Tanishk Bagchi on Bollywood’s obsession with remixes
WHEN Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen danced strategically framed against a sensously lit room in the film OK Kanmani (2015), Mani Ratnam had spun his age-old magic and the song went viral. The Hindi remake of the movie, Ok Jaanu, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is steadily getting there, but this time thanks to a rehash of A R Rahman’s classic Humma Humma from Bombay (1995). Tanishk Bagchi, the fledgling music producer who worked on the remix with Rahman and rapper Badshah says, “I grew up listening to this song. When the idea first came up, I was nervous and wondered if I should even attempt the song. But here was an opportunity to work on an iconic song like this and I took it.”
The Mumbai-based producer who broke into the Bollywood fold with Banno from Tanu Wed Manu Returns (2015), admits that pursuing music was an afterthought — after dabbling in football, dancing, writing and such. “I keep sampling sounds all the time. In Humma Humma, you can hear sounds of coins — that’s something I have personally made. People will remember you by this, by the sounds you create,” he adds.
Agreeing that beats come with limitations, he says, “If you are honest with your music and keep prodding and pushing those limits, you have so many variations you can create.” Naming jungle terror (think Skrillex and Wiwek) as the next big trend in music, Tanishk will be busy next year with Badrinath ki Dulhaniya, Half Girlfriend, Munna Michael and a solo project with Anand L Rai among others.
Ok Jaanu releases on January 13.
— Lavanya Lakshminarayanan