Music is a cycle, says composer Sharreth



It takes a lot to please Jayendra with the tunes, admits the ‘Naa.. Nuvve’ composer

Kollam-born Sharreth built his career as a composer in Chennai, worked in multiple industries for nearly three decades and yet Naa.. Nuvve is only his fourth Telugu film, second with filmmaker Jayendra. His other films Drushyam, 180, and Kalavaramaaye Madilo enjoyed critical acclaim. The composer finds his reduced film count in Telugu surprising. “I’m waiting to do a lot of Telugu films, many have not approached me though. Had I earned more, I would’ve even produced a Telugu film,” he starts off.

Jayendra and Sharreth have known each other for decades while working in many ad films. The composer says the filmmaker extracts his best, though the process gets painful. “I would have composed almost 180 songs for 180, the numbers are similar for Naa.. Nuvve too. He’s a genuine person, it takes a lot to please him with the tunes. Because we share a great rapport, I don’t mind giving him a lot of options. One needs to understand that we all thrive for a great output regardless of our roles. He’s a man of few words. He doesn’t even summarise what he wants. All he says is, ‘this is not working sir, let’s try something else’. I need to decode his needs and work accordingly.”

Naa.. Nuvve is a distinct film for Sharreth’s repertoire, the modern sound and mishmash of genres isn’t something one would always associate with a disciple of Balamuralikrishna. “I’d love to do a dappankuthu too, not many believe I can pull it off. I don’t consider language a barrier and have worked with every project as if it were my first. New music is only possible then.”

Kalyan Ram and Tamannah in ‘Naa Nuvve’,

Kalyan Ram and Tamannah in ‘Naa Nuvve’,  

Hummable music

He chooses complex riffs for his numbers, makes them hummable for an average listener, one reason Naa.. Nuvve has worked as an album. “Anybody with/without musical knowledge can enjoy Nijama Manasa, Hey Hey ILU or a Chiniki Chiniki (songs from the film). The album is very simple at the end of the day, that’s why it has reached out to people.” He was happy to associate with singer Yasin Nizar for the Nijama Manasa track. Sharreth gave him a lot of opportunities in Malayalam films before he made it big in Telugu. “I am happy for him,” he points out. For Chiniki Chiniki, he’d asked singers Karthik and Saptaparna Chakraborthy to go soft, murmur than sing. ILU is based on the old Nokia ringtone.

Rom-coms are made with a young audience in mind, how does the vibrancy translate in his numbers? “The romance element in films don’t really change, love is the same for all generations.” His liking for P C Sreeram grew further with Naa.. Nuvve, “He makes a railway station look like an airport. The songs have been picturised well, this is a love story with great depth and wonderful humour. I had my own doubts about Kalyan Ram’s makeover, he has been an actor who romances the gun more. His performance will be a gamechanger for his career and make crowds yearn for his love.”

Over his 28 years in the film industry, Sharreth admits to have seen a constant dilution in terms of root music. “I’ve seen the dominance of westernised tracks. I don’t deny their existence in the past. I enjoy fusion too, however an overkill isn’t advisable. I think music is a cycle, we’ll return to our roots after this saturation.”

Telugu connect

Sharreth grew up listening to many Ghantasala Telugu numbers, recollects rehearsing his Telugu kritis with Balamurali and also cherishes his working stint with Mani Sharma. “The only thing I ask God now is to not make me copy tunes. Even if they’re bad/fall flat, it’s okay if I’m original. I want people to identify that Sharreth is behind a certain tune. I may not do many films, I’ll rather be known for my quality.”

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