Rachita Arora, the talented musician with a meteoric career graph in Bollywood, talks to Bhakti Mehta about her next project as a composer, Mukkabaaz
Making a name for herself, one unique composition after another, musician Rachita Arora talks about her latest film Mukkabaaz and how this journey began. “It started when Anurag Kashyap gave me one song, which was Mushkil hai apna meil priye, a very famous poem. He gave me that poem and asked me to compose a tune for it. He liked what I composed and based on that, gave me the whole movie.”
On the different genres of songs in the film, she says, “As a composer, I am not restricted to any genre. There are two poems in the film; the other one is called Chhipkali. I have sung one of the songs in Mukkabaaz called Bohot dukha mann. I wanted Rekha Bhardwajji to sing it but Anurag sir said he wanted my voice for it.”
“All the songs in Mukkabaaz are different from each other. For instance, Bohot hua samman is an anti-establishment song that talks about protests; then there is Chhipkali, a beautifully written, sarcastic song about how there is violence behind the concept of non-violence, especially where politics and politicians are concerned. It was actually not a part of the film but when I heard it, I wanted to compose it and even Anurag sir was shocked. He asked me how I would do it. The result is phenomenal. The journey of composing songs for Mukkabaaz has been amazing because I got to do so many different things like a love song, a rustic folk song, some EDM, etc.,” she adds.
Arora also believes that knowing the premise of a film is necessary to compose a successful album. “When you listen to the story, you know the main aesthetics of the film and the emotions attached to the characters. It helps you to start thinking about the process of how the music will be formed and the mood of the songs. Even with Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, I watched the full film before I composed the background score for it.”
On Bollywood refurbishing old classics with a contemporary feel, the composer-singer says, “Many of the great songs we have are recreations of old classics. It is a good thing to bring back that era by playing with compositions, to give them a different feel, but it’s also a little sad because it’s a safe bet and people don’t want to put new, original stuff out there.”
Talking about her upcoming projects after Mukkabaaz, the songstress reveals, “I am working on three movies right now. I am working on director Navdeep Singh’s movie with Saif Ali Khan, which is a great story. There is another project with Drishyam Films, for which I will be doing the background score and music composition of the songs. There are a few other things I am working on too.”