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Spotlight: The Man Who Revisited Humma Humma



Spotlight: The Man Who Revisited Humma Humma

Composer Tanishk Bagchi has received a lot of flak for recreating AR Rahman’s Humma Humma, but he is largely unperturbed by the reactions.

Tanishk Bagchi has a pretty impressive list of song credits to his name: He was the man behind the chartbuster from Tanu Weds Manu ReturnsBanno Tera Swagger. Earlier this year, he lent the notes for Bolna from Kapoor And Sons, and more recently, he reprised the much talked about Humma Humma for OK Jaanu.

(Here’s the original.)

Unlike the earlier two hits, this one however opened to much brickbats online. The response has been mixed to say the least. We caught up with the young composer to find out how his online detractors affect him, and more.

How would you describe your voyage into tinsel town so far?

The road was tough, but I knew my destination. I also was aware of the fact that there were obstacles lined up one after the other. But i built bridges in between with hope and positivity. I shifted from from Kolkata to Mumbai a few years back. I was here for both money and music. I worked at Sanskar Channel as a recordist, and simultaneously also managed to gather inspiration from different music gurus in Mumbai to strengthen my technical side. I stepped into music composing when I got my first break with Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

How does the wide array of reactions on social media affect you?

Social media is like a big colourful balloon in the sky that people from everywhere can see. The bigger the size of the balloon, the larger the size of the viewers. I follow everything on the net. My song has been talked about since the day it was born. Different people have different takes on this, but when the gurus are happy with me, I am the happiest of all.

How did you react to the criticism Humma Humma has been receiving?

Criticism is similar to a bow and arrow. The more you stretch the string backwards, the more strength is transmitted to the arrow; then you just need to see the target. Criticism is like the pull of the string and reaction to it is the target. You just have to hit it right, and I did it.

What are your upcoming projects?

I am working on the music for Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, Half Girlfriend, and Munna Michael.

Do you believe that singers have a shelf life in our film industry?

Everything has an expiry date. Music is like a tree; you need it to grow big and spread its branches out and give shelter and fruits to everybody who comes to you. And before you break down or dry up, you should drop your seeds on the same ground, so that they grow like you again. I believe composers such as Madan Mohan, SD Burman, RD Burman, Salil Choudhury and AR Rahman are the trees and we are the seeds.

What are your thoughts on the trend of old songs being recreated for movies?

Old songs are a medicine for music today. Our music seems to be a little ill these days, because of the lack of good melodies and lyrics and a low life span. So, old songs give us patience and knowledge and acts as a medicine for both parties, the musicians and the listeners.



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Arundhati Chatterjee is a part-time writer, full-time dreamer. Hoards fountain pens, listens to The Beatles, eats multiple meals and yawns too often. Follow her @TheBongBox

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