Chat The doctor turned composer talks about landing ‘Jism 2’, his inspirations and the future
While many may not yet know Arko Pravo Mukherjee by name, they will recognise his tunes which lent an edge to Jism 2 . From Kolkata, the 29- year old composer got his break when he met Mahesh Bhatt .
“It’s quite a filmi story but it’s true,” says Arko, “I met Mahesh Bhatt through a friend Prashant Narayan, who was in Murder 2 . I went to his office — just me and my guitar — and was waiting to meet him when someone came out and asked me to hand over my CD. I refused saying I had a personal appointment. Finally Mahesh Bhatt gave me 10 minutes. I sang a few of my songs for him and he loved my music. The ten minutes turned to one and a half hours. The necessary calls to Pooja and Mukesh Bhatt were made and I began work by January 2012.”
This break comes after over five years of hard work. Arko is a doctor by profession. After school, he went on to study medicine from Burdwan Medical College. “My family is full of doctors and have no connection with music or show business but I was interested in music from a young age,” he explains. Arko got his MBBS degree in 2007 but moved to Mumbai soon after to pursue his dream. “I used to play for a few English bands in Kolkata when I was young but my studies came in the way. Once I was done, I decided to take up music and make a career out of it. I learnt Hindu and Urdu and began connecting with people in the industry,” says the singer-songwriter adding that English music can only be pursued as a hobby in this market. In Mumbai he, along with a friend, was signed by Universal music publishing to work on a couple of albums. But Arko had set his sights on Bollywood – “the only platform that lets you reach out to such a vast audience.” However, making music for Bollywood is another ball game in itself. “There is a lot of storytelling through music so you need to have a basic sense of cinema and story telling to be able to compose well for film,” says Arko who has also dabbled in screenplay writing.
Arko is one of the few Indian composers who write the lyrics to his compositions. In fact, he is also debuting as a singer in Yaarian , which is releasing in June.
Arko now has back to back projects with big names including Hate Story 2 with Vikram Bhatt, Tamanchey and Mastaan .