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    Mohamaad Ghibran on hisA� box office misses and working with the Tamil icon

    Mohamaad Ghibrana��s Enthara Enthara (from Thirumanam Enum Nikkah) was the most played song on radio last year. Though the film bombed at the box office, this 34-year-old music director was unfazed. a�?a�?Somehow none of my films have done too well at the box office, but thata��s fine because people still remember the songsa��like Saridhaana Saridhaana, from Amarakaviyam,a��a�� begins the city-based composer. Having said that, Ghibran admits that he is shattered each time his films flop. a�?a�?In Vathikuchi, the song Kurru Kurru stood out though the film didna��t do as expected. It breaks my heart. But I pull myself together and start working harder on the next project,a��a�� he continues.

    A new chapter
    But things are looking up with Kamal Haasan signing the composer for three of his filmsa��Vishwaroopam 2, Uttama Villain, Papanasam. a�?a�?I cannot tell you how much I have learnt from Kamal. It has been emotionala��to see how he perceives art and envisions life. He is very easy to work with. He narrates the story to mea��the scenes before and aftera��and brings the song to the centre point,a��a�� says Ghibran, who has made Haasan sing most of the tracks in Uttama Villain. a�?He surrenders to the composition and gives it 100 per cent. I remember he had finished a Telugu song recording and I insisted that he sing a Tamil song next. He immediately agreed,a��a�� he says. While we wonder if it is a lot of pressure composing music for a Kamal Haasan banner, the composer says it is the other way round. a�?a�?It is when you make music for smaller budget films that you need to be more careful. A Kamal film has excellent reach. But in a small budget film, the music has to boost the film,a�? he confesses.

    The evolution
    Background score is the soul of a film and Ghibran confesses that composing it is more difficult. a�?The director has a vision when he describes the situation. The feel and emotion has to be right. When you watch the film, the music should make sense,a��a�� he says. A fan of all genres, Ghibran tries to include all of it in his songs. He calls himself a good listener and gets nostalgic. a�?a�?I have made several mistakes, like working on 80 ads a year like a businessman. Now I know quality matters more,a��a�� he expresses. He considers YouTube to be an important tool during promotions. a�?a�?We had cassettes and now we have YouTube. It is easier for composers to make note of which song is doing well. But you never know how long YouTube will exist,a��a�� he smiles.
    Uttama Villain is scheduled to release next month.

    Tune in

    Competition: Santhosh Narayanan and I are good friends. Competition comes in business, not in art.
    What is music to you? Life. I read a lot of biographies about musicians, sculptors and painters. The last I read was on composer Robert Schumann.
    It is scary because he cut his fingers, went madA� and killed himself.
    Growing up: I have grown up listening to AR Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja.
    Playlist: I am listening to the songs of InterstellarWorld musicians: I like
    Anoushka Shankar a lot.
    Early dream: I only had two things in minda��music and food. If not a musician, I would have been a chef.
    Telugu chapter: I recently did Jil in Telugu and it is a commercial hit. It is strange that the people of Andhra Pradesh think I am better at composing commercial hits and here people assume I am better at melodies.
    Possible collaborations: I call this the impossible collaborationa��Yanni.

    a�� Mrinalini Sundar


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