October theme is a part of the DNA of the film, says music composer Shantanu Moitra


In the movie, Varun and Banita are hotel management trainees. What if people will not accept it? “This country is made of music. How do you develop the interest of people in a certain genre? It is the part of the DNA of October,” quipped Moitra who has earlier given music to Shoojit’s Yahaan. “I have grown up listening to All India Radio where I have heard songs by Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Ravi Shankar and also some western classical music. The film hits the theatres on April 13. The quality of Bollywood music has been at an all-time low in the recent times with the rehashed version of older melodies being presented to the audience. And I believe, the art which comes out as a result of fear can never be up to the mark.”

The song and dance culture of Bollywood is fading away but the music composer feels this is just a passing phase. So, when we released the instrumental theme of October, it was something novel and it automatically made a place for itself in the hearts of feel.”

The October theme has a melancholic feel to it and seemingly serves its purpose in the movie which is an unusual story of love. October is a beautifully written love story and it has been shot beautifully too. Especially when I made the October theme. When asked about his expectations from the album of October, Shantanu Moitra said, “I knew it was a new sound, it was fresh. And I always believed that art should also be like that, it should give everything and it is upto the listener whether he will listen to it or not. Commenting on the growing trend of remakes, Shantanu remarked, “Everyone is following the herd. The tune for the theme came to me naturally without putting a lot of thought into it. Somewhere some song worked and everybody started believing that this will work. When this country has such kind of variety, the kids and the youngsters should be presented with it and then it is for them to decide if they like it or not,” opined the music composer. You see the work of directors like Bimal Roy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Vidhu Vinod Chopra or Sudhir Mishra, they shot and placed the song in a way that the story moved ahead with them. Shantanu Moitra feels October is a simple love story and presents love exactly how a layman understands it. Related News
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Published: April 13, 2018 6:50:10 am

The October theme, composed by Shantanu Moitra, has a melancholic feel to it and seemingly serves its purpose in the movie which is an unusual story of love. I think there is an atmosphere of fear, that what if this song will not work. “I composed the tune of October a year ago even before the shoot of the film began. When Shoojit heard it, he loved it and he has lived with this tune for a year. Picturising a song in a film is a form of art and it cannot be just about filling space. The album of October, composed by Shantanu Moitra, Armaan Malik and Anupam Roy, is no less as it stands out from other recent Bollywood releases with its perfect mix of songs. He has shot the movie with this tune and has constructed scenes around it. For a long time, we haven’t heard instrumental music as a part of the film. So, it is not possible that Hindi films will do away with the song and dance culture.” But he also believes that a filmmaker has a major role in reviving this culture. By doing something different, you do not have to shout to catch attention. There is a song for everything and every moment in this country. “A filmmaker has a major role to play in this. One radio station had all kind of music and we didn’t have the option to switch the channel. Their lives turn topsy-turvy when Banita’s character Shiuli meets with an accident and utters Dan’s (Varun Dhawan) name the moment she opens her eyes. It celebrates every festival with music. What Moitra loves about Shoojit’s directorial is that it is a simple love story and presents love exactly how a layman understands it. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd I did so because I wanted Shoojit to think of the script with the theme music in his mind. I knew people will like it.”
Explaining it further, he added, “Being a person from advertising, I know when you do something different which is not being done by the herd, it draws attention. In such times, Shantanu, who has added to the beauty of films like Parineeta, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Madras Cafe, Yahaan and others with his music, believes that until you present your audience with variety, you cannot expect them to have an ear for something new. If you will not present people with certain things, how can you expect them to accept it? For Shantanu, it is the “DNA of October”. My simple theory was that this is what I like and I don’t think I am an alien from Mars that my taste in music won’t match with anyone else. Shoojit and I loved it, so we were sure some people will definitely like it. Overall, this is a decay of the system.