"I will never compose an item number again"
Nanda Das After his first item song 'Ishq Barse' in "Rajneeti" failed to find favour with the audience, music director Shantanu Moitra says he has decided to stick to his genre of music.
Famous for his soulful compositions, the 44-year-old said he does not have the skills to compose an item song like his contemporaries in the industry.
"I did 'Ishq Barse' because Prakash Jha asked me to do it and it was not received well by the audience. Now, I really run away when any director ask me to compose one.
"There are many people in the industry who compose brilliant item numbers. Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar are the kings of delivering some of the best item numbers in the industry," Shantanu told PTI.
But he feels that these peppy numbers have now become an essential part of films and help the story move further. "Item songs are not as rampant as they were couple of years ago. They have become situational songs now. They help the storyline develop further rather than just entertaining the audience. They have become an essential part of the script," he said.
Shantanu, who started his career with classical based music in Sudhir Mishra's "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" and went on to compose for films like "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" and "3 Idiots", said he will not compose any item number in the near future.
Shantanu is all set to conduct a workshop during the upcoming IIFA Weekend 2012 in Singapore. "Me alongwith Javed Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and others from the industry will organise a workshop for students in Singapore. It aims to answer all queries related to Hindi film music by the students. We will conduct a mock situation and will make students understand how we pen music," he said.
The music composer has again teamed up with Mishra for his tentatively titled film "Inkaar", dealing with the issue of sexual harassment. "The score for the film are very young and at the same time it gives some message too. It's fun working with Mishra.
He gives a lot of scope to experiment and working with him is a learning experience. He has got good vocabulary and understands the pulse of the audience," said Shantanu, who will also compose music for Vidhu Vinod Chopra's next "Chithiyan".
Shantanu, who is currently judging the second edition of 'Jo Jeeta Wahi Superstar', said reality shows has given a new platform to encourage youth towards creativity. "Few years ago, in many Indian states, anti-social activities were at its peak because the youth had nothing to do. But with the exposure a reality show brings, the youth have come out and engaged themselves in something creative rather than destructive. Dance and music has the power to bind everyone," he said. PTI