Music men

Singer-songwriters Anupam Roy and Anindya Chattopadhyay have quite a few things in common that go beyond the first two letters of their names. Both are crazy about sweets like patishapta, both like Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark and both are the toast of the film world right now — Anupam for the Chotushkone and Piku soundtracks, and Anindya for his first directorial venture Open Tee Bioscope. Anupam has sung the hit Bondhu chol (from Open Tee Bioscope), whose lyrics are penned by Anindya. Now, the two music men have composed two songs each for Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy’s May 1 film Bela Sheshe, starring Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee and others. t2 tunes in.

  • Published 15.04.15
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Singer-songwriters Anupam Roy and Anindya Chattopadhyay have quite a few things in common that go beyond the first two letters of their names. Both are crazy about sweets like patishapta, both like Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark and both are the toast of the film world right now — Anupam for the Chotushkone and Piku soundtracks, and Anindya for his first directorial venture Open Tee Bioscope. Anupam has sung the hit Bondhu chol (from Open Tee Bioscope), whose lyrics are penned by Anindya. Now, the two music men have composed two songs each for Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy’s May 1 film Bela Sheshe, starring Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee and others. t2 tunes in.

Are you the new musical duo on the playback block?

Like Jatin-Lalit, Vishal-Shekhar, can we call you Anupam-Anindya?!
Anindya: No, no, it’s not like that (laughs), it’s just that we have 
composed two songs each for the film. Anupam has been composing on his own for a while now... so ore hoyto koch koch korte pare (laughs out loud). 
Anupam: (Smiles) I’m quite happy that I’m sharing music credit with Anindyada. Initially I didn’t even know Anindyada was also doing the music!
Anindya: Didn’t I tell you that I was doing it?! Anupam is the most happening music director right now. I’m not a reputed music director like Anupam. Shibu first asked me to do the music for their film Alik Sukh (2013). And now I’m back again for Bela Sheshe. For me, composing the two songs for this film was like taking a break from filmmaking. 

Anupam, being a Chandrabindoo fan, you must have gone to their gigs when you were in college?

Not too many live gigs, but I have devoured their music on cassettes. And it’s great that I got to meet them later. And my admiration for Chandrabindoo doesn’t just extend to the music. Recently I launched my comic book Antony O Chandrabindoo (Anupam has written the text while Sambuddha Bishee has done the illustrations). One can also call it a tribute to Chandrabindoo. You’ll get to read about the misadventures of a character called Antony.

Anindya: The way Anupam quotes lines from Chandrabindoo songs, ami taal rakhte pari na! He knows the songs inside out. And I had a lot of fun reading the comic book (48 pages).

So is Antony Anupam’s alter ego?

Anupam: No, no.
Anindya: But there’s a resemblance.  
Anupam: Antony works in an IT company; lives with his father. 
Anindya: It is satirical and cerebral. 
Anupam, have you shared stage with Anindya?
Anupam: Yes, a couple of times.
Anindya: We did a show at Kala Mandir in 2012, where I did Anupam’s songs (Amake amar moto, Gobhire jao, Ekbar bol, Je kota din) and he did Chandrabindoo songs (Twaker jotno neen, Dupurer khamokha kheyal, Ebhabe phire
asha jay).

Soumitra Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta in Bela Sheshe

Film music has a broad appeal. What happens when you make a non-film album? Does it enjoy a rub-off effect?

Anupam: My film songs reach more people but it’s tough to make an independent album of original songs these days. The album is really important but there’s hardly any return on the amount of investment and hard work one puts in to make that album. At times I wonder should I make an album of my own songs? The audience at my live gigs mostly ask for my film songs. 

Anindya: We’ll start recording the next Chandrabindoo album soon, although we don’t see a great commercial future for it. Why? Because as artistes we also have to feel inspired. And for songs, an accompanying video helps to make an immediate connect with Gen Y. Of course, that’s possible for film songs.  

Anupam: In film, the video comes free with the song. But there’s no money to produce videos for independent songs. Hardly any radio channel supports songs (non-film) by independent musicians. It’s a huge struggle for them.

Anindya, you did your first playback for Ichche... 

Anindya: Yes, Shibu and I go back a long way. He used to hang out in our college (Scottish Church). I’m really looking forward to the knick-knacks Shibu gives us this time with the invites to the premiere. For Alik Sukh we got stethoscopes. Maybe this time we’ll get a pair of walking sticks (since the film focuses on an elderly couple played by Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta) or daanter pati (false teeth)!! (laughs)
Anupam: Then what did you get for Shukno Lanka (smiles)?!

Arindam Chatterjee
Picture: Sayantan Ghosh
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