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Rachita Arora talks to Joanne D’silva about the process of composing songs for the Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer JudgeMentall Hai Kya

Rachita Arora, one of the very few women music composers in the Hindi film industry, rose to fame with films like Mukkabaaz, Newton and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Talking about her journey in the industry so far, she says, “I started off with Anurag Kashyap sir’s Mukkabaaz. Then came Aanand L Rai’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Newton. My experience till now has been great and I have worked with such beautiful directors. I have learnt a lot from them.”

Arora is also a vocalist. When asked if it is an advantage when a composer is also a singer, she says, “I am a Hindustani classical musician. The more you explore instruments and genres, the more it enhances your composing skills. I believe that composers have personal composing tools; some of them love the guitar, some pianos and some love singing and that is how their composing skills develop. So it actually depends on the composers as well. But yes, for me, to be able to sing is definitely a plus point. I started my career as a singer. I learnt it from my guruji and then I started composing music for theatre.”

The singer-composer’s recent repertoire includes JudgeMentall Hai Kya. Talking about it, she says, “I have done two songs for Jugementall Hai Kya – the hard rock version of the title track and Para para. I’ve also done a little background score for the film. Para para was so much fun to do. First I started with a girl singing and then a harmony came in, so it was more like the blues.  But since the first half is complete madness, we wanted the song to be more quirky. Upping the quirk factor, putting the brass section together and getting that beat up was so much fun. Lyricist Prakhar (Varunendra) did a great job.”

So what was her process of composing the tracks? “I got the synopsis of the film from Prakash sir. He told me about the situation that the song is set in.  As a composer, it is not always about the music; it is about the film as well. So this is how I work, I try my best so that the tracks suit the film. The characters and the audience should also connect to it. So I tried my best to understand what the director’s perspective is towards the song and how exactly he wants the characters to sound. This is what I did for Judgementall Kya Hai as well.”

Arora says that she is a fan of Kangana Ranaut and she is happy to have worked in a film starring the actor. “I really appreciate Kangana’s work. The script is so mad and I was very happy when I got to know that Kangana and Rajkummar Rao are part of this film.”

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