Coming from a family of musicians, Sharma traces his journey from Murder 2 to R Balki’s next
AT THE age of 16, Mithoon Sharma knew exactly what he wanted to do in life. The Mumbai-based musician who shot to fame at 19, for his debut composition Woh Lamhe for Mukesh Bhatt’s Zeher (2005), is now all set for the release of his latest offering with director Vaibhav Misra’s Loveshhuda song, Mar Jaayen. He tells us how Girish Kumar, the lead actor and son of Kumar S Taurani (MD of Tips Industries Limited), requested him to give the song Mar Jaayen the tune that Sharma had composed and made Kumar listen to back in 2006 while working on Tere Bin. “He had heard it back then and still remembered it, that’s testament to the fact that good music stays with you,” points Sharma who is composing for Kumar for the first time.
Sharma’s career choice is not a surprise though. Surrounded by stalwarts of the music industry like his father Naresh Sharma, who has worked with over 200 composers, his uncle Pyarelal (of the iconic duo Lakmikant-Pyarelal) and even grandfather Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma who was a music teacher. Citing other influences, the singer shares “One composer who inspired me was Madan Mohan and his song Mein Yeh Sochkar (by Mohammed Rafi, Haqeeqat, 1964). In fact, my daily routine comprised attending music sittings of movies like Pardes, 1997 and Yaadien, 2001.” The composer still treasures his grandfather’s music course sheet which he refers to every now and then.
It was director Mohit Suri who rescued him from the lull that his career was going through in 2010, by offering him to compose a few songs for Murder 2. He credits Suri for the success of Tum Hi Ho for Aashiqui 2 — because of the space the director gave him for experimenting. “Personally, I believe that in a movie, you need to compose for a character and therefore work within that threshold, but I do command a certain freedom while composing,” says the 30-year-old singer who has composed for Yaariyan and Ek Villian after the lull.
The next year is a busy one for Sharma as he is also excited about the single he is to deliver for R Balki’s Ki and Ka, starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. “The interpretation of the song is a realistic take on love,” he says. The composer is also in discussion with a couple of ideas for singles with Bhushan Kumar, managing director, T-Series.
Loveshhuda releases on January
— Seema Rajpal