Music composer Nucleya tells Bhakti Mehta about his latest song, Paintra from the film Mukkabaaz
The extent of the popularity of music composer Nucleya’s latest Bollywood song Paintra from the film Mukkabaaz, hit him just three days after its release. “We were performing the song live for the first time at D Y Patil Stadium. The track had released only three days before and people already knew the words. They were shouting the words back at us, of a track that had come out three days earlier!” he says.
Modestly, he gives credit for the song to the film’s director Anurag Kashyap. “He left it up to me and said he really wanted me to bring my unique sound to the movie. The only direction he gave me was that it should have a North Indian feel to fit the overall vibe of the movie. Apart from that, he gave me full creative freedom.”
On the singer DIVINE, Nucleya says, “DIVINE is an incredible talent and someone who I think has a great career ahead of him. We have done a few tracks in the past including Jungle raja and Scene kya hai, so I am very comfortable working with him. He always comes prepared and has a bunch of ideas, so it’s never a struggle.”
The musical sensation also reveals the tricks he used to incorporate his signature EDM track into the rustic backdrop of the movie. “Mukkabaaz is set in rural India, and a lot of the sounds I use in my music are also drawn from rural India, so there was a synergy there. My music is also fairly high energy as is the film, so that was another common ground I was able to find with the film. With these two touch points and the overall theme of struggle, I think we were able to come up with a track that nicely encompasses the vibe of the film,” he says.
On choosing this interesting project to work on, Nucleya reveals, “I am a massive fan of Anurag’s work, and when he approached me about doing a track for this movie, I was very excited about the prospect of working together. I only take up Bollywood projects that I really believe in and when he told me about the concept of the movie, I was immediately on board.”
Asked how he connects with the youth through his music, the musician says, “It’s not really something I do consciously. I just make what comes to me naturally. It’s great that it has connected with a younger audience but it is not something I actively pursued. I release all my material for free through social media. A lot of younger kids are online, they see the tracks or videos and share it with their friends. We make it really easy to share and download so perhaps that is why it has spread so wide.”
And, finally, on his other Bollywood projects in 2018, the composer remarks, “Unfortunately, I cannot disclose anything right now, but stay tuned!”