Music buffs have loved his compositions for the movies Friday and Theevram and looks like he is here to stay.- Composer Roby Abraham on his career in Mollywood

Roby Abraham is now living a dream. “I always wanted to become a professional musician and I’m excited that it has happened,” says Roby, a new addition to the growing list of young composers in Mollywood. Music buffs have loved his compositions for the movies Friday and Theevram and looks like he is here to stay.

But for a couple of years’ training in music while living in Abu Dhabi during his school days, that is till his class five, Roby hasn’t had any formal training in music. He says: “From class six onwards, I was a student of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Nalanchira, till I completed my Plus Two. Not much happened on the music front during those years. However, I picked up lessons from wherever I could, especially from the Internet, and I used to play the keyboard and the piano.”

Bangalore, his home for over 12 years now, has been an integral part of his life. After class 12, he went there to do his engineering and worked in a company for two years. “Well, engineering was a wrong choice. A career in music was what I aimed at. But, I had to find an income-generating alternative career before going fully into music and that is when I zeroed in on soft skills training,” he says. He worked with a soft skills training complany for five years before starting a firm on his own with his friends. “One reason I opted for the field was that I could devote my time to music as well,” he says.

The composer in him took wings in Bangalore. “I’ve known Roopesh [Roopesth Peethambaran, director of Theevram] since my childhood. We were together in Abu Dhabi, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore. Cinema was always our topic of discussion. He dreamt of making a film and I wanted to compose. Through him, I could compose for a couple of works. And it was he who introduced me to Lijin [Lijin Jose, director of Friday], who also had cinema in his dreams. I eventually composed music for his short film, Conditions Apply and when he made Friday, he chose me as the composer.”

Discussions about Theevram had started even before Friday came about. “I knew the story and so had enough time to prepare. But the shoot got delayed due to unavoidable reasons, and Friday came out by that time,” he says.

So, how was it making a debut? “Honestly speaking, I wasn’t tense because there were a lot of new faces in the crew of Friday. All of us knew we’d to be good. There were no interference as such from any quarters,” he says. Of the four songs, including the one that was not there in the film, the romantic duet ‘Sugandha neerala…’, sung by Najeem Arshad and Gayathri, won many fans.

Roby has composed the songs and the background score of Theevram. “I was quite anxious about how the background score would be received, but was relieved when the effort was appreciated,” he says.

And Roby isn’t complaining that the movie hasn’t been an out-and-out winner at the box office. “The best part is that nobody has written off the movie. It is Dulquer Salmaan fans who are disappointed because they had a lot of expectations about his role. All of us, including Dulquer, wanted to keep a low profile, but things got out of hand when the fans took the marketing to a different level!,” Roby says.

Now that more projects are being offered, he has decided to shift to Kochi with his wife Sheetal. “It is not just a career move. I want to learn music…,” he says.

A ‘Rahmaniac’

Roby is among those millions of music lovers bitten by the A.R.Rahman bug. “I’ve been emotionally attached to his music ever since he came into the industry,” he says. He has also been inspired by the music of the late Kurt Cobain of the Nirvana band. Any dream? “Of course, I wish I could work with Das [K.J.Yesudas] sir once….”