A director’s composer

It takes more than technology to give a hit, says Vishal Chandrasekhar as he strikes a high note in his career

With five films in line for release, Vishal Chandrasekhar is a busy composer. Excerpts from an interview in which he discusses everything from item numbers to horror films:

Even after all these films, people still talk about Jil Jung Juk.

I guess the timing was right. ‘Shoot the Kuruvi’ was such a rage, perhaps because it was about love failure and the youth took to it in a big way. ‘Red Road-u’ also did so well; Santhosh Narayanan’s singing was a big reason for it.

How do you keep evolving as a composer?What sort of homework do you do before a film?

It is important to remain constantly in touch with changing trends. But it takes more than technology to make a hit. It takes a fresh mind; it takes a good singer. That’s why I try to give a chance to new singers.

Among the films you’re doing is Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, your first horror film.

Horror films are fairly easy work for a composer. Half the work is done if you’re able to pump enough fear into the background score. The thrust is more on that, but yes, you still have to deliver those five mandatory songs.

You’re also doing Kuttram 23.

Director Arivazhagan wanted tunes that would aptly reflect the mindset of a police officer (Arun Vijay). But it’s not all action. The film in fact has a sequence that shows that cops are humans too. There’s a melody saying as much.

What’s your view on item songs?

Ultimately, the director is the best judge of a film; he alone is aware of the merits. If he desires an item song, so be it. He has to take into account the interest of the producer too. I guess you can call me a director’s composer.

You haven’t yet landed the big projects.

If they come my way, great, but I’m not losing sleep about that. I’m happy with the work I’m doing. In Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, for instance, I’ve tried out a few variations. Also, remember that a big film isn’t always a good thing. It brings with it the pressure of giving an introductory song, a mood song, a melody... when the big guns are in the fray. At this juncture, such factors will not unsettle me. If it happens fine, but there is little point in chasing a dream which could be a futile exercise.

Any recent favourites?

Not one but two: Simbu’s ‘Pinjula Pinjula’ in Simba, which has already garnered appreciation on YouTube. The other is a melody sung by Nikhil Mathew and my wife, Sinduri, for a film titled Brindavanam. The song is a mix of folk and baila, and brings out the nativity of SriLankan music.

Any immediate goals?

I want to further establish myself in Telugu cinema after the success of Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha. I also want to do work in Kannada and Malayalam cinema. Eventually, of course, I’d love to step into Bollywood.

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