Mithoon Sharma, the man behind countless Bollywood hits, recently added another feather to his cap with one of the most popular songs of the year, Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage from Kabir Singh. Mithoon is known for his romantic songs, most of which are voiced by Arijit Singh making them an outstanding combo.
In an exclusive conversation with Music Plus, Mithoon spoke about composing for Kabir Singh, and his equation with Arijit.
Kabir Singh is a Hindi remake of the Telegu movie, Arjun Reddy. Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani, the producers of Kabir Singh and the director Sandeep Reddy Vanga contacted Mithoon.
“I was very excited to work with Sandeep. After a breifing with him and Murad, I understood the huge scope for music in the movie. I could also connect with the nuances in characters that Sandeep explained. So, I wanted to make sure there was no compromise in depicting emotions through my music,” said Mithoon.
The songs from Kabir Singh have been topping every chart. Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage featured on our Plus Chart consistently since its release. There are two songs, Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage and Tujhe Kitna Chahe Aur Hum with the same tune sung by Arijit Singh and Jubin Nautiyal respectively.
The need for this might have raised eyebrows for many but Mithoon clarifies,
“The two songs were the need of the script. Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage was composed to display the protagonist’s growing affection while Tujhe Kitna Chahe Aur Hum needed to assert never-ending love. Thus, these two songs were an absolute requirement.”
This is not the first time the dynamic duo- Mithoon and Arijit- have worked together. In fact, Mithoon says that they have known each other since the beginning of their careers. It was only for Murder 2 that they collaborated and gave us their first original song, Phir Mohabbat.
After Murder 2, this duo has given numerous hits, bagging multiple awards, like Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2, Shukr Tera from Samrat & Co., Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga from Half Girlfriend, Darkhaast from Shivaay, etc.
When I asked him, what makes his combination with Arijit so flawless, he says,
“I believe a song needs to be nurtured by the composer before the singer comes in. The way I look at a melody transcends into Arijit’s singing. That way, he never misses out on emotions. His technique is smooth and he understands music production. It’s not just about the rapport I share with him.”
Coming from a family of musicians, his grandfather, Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma, his father, Naresh Sharma, and his uncle Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma of the legendary composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Mithoon’s musical understanding doesn’t come with his fondness or experience alone. He says he owes his musical knowledge to his profound family members.
The way Mithoon translates a melody into a song, befitting the lyrics, comes from a space of truthfulness,
“There is a huge need for truth in life. I believe honesty makes all the difference. The essence of my work depends on it. I never take anything as a mere job but like to add soul in it. I am not a tune seller, I present emotions through music.”
Mithoon has always been sought for his melodies and romantic compositions. He began his career with Bas Ek Pal. After which he worked on a slew of movies including Kalyug, Anwar, The Train, Lamhaa and 3G. These movies were very well lauded for its music irrespective of the box office results.
This was also the time when Mithoon and Emraan Hashmi’s combination took-off. Having worked together in movies like Zeher, The Train, Murder 2, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, etc., Mithoon reflects on this association,
“The combination of composers and actors is a very old structure in Hindi cinema. S.D Burman and Dev Anand, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Jitendra, Bappi Lahiri and Jitendra were such epitomes. However, this is not mandatory. I think this is a good thing if the composer’s music connects well with the actor. The exchange of creative energies make the song and movie successful.”
On being asked if he considered being a part of the clichéd rat-race in the music industry, Mithoon brought to my pleasant notice that India being a huge country offers plenty of talent but it also offers plenty of listeners.
“The need for competition is redundant,” says Mithoon. “I feel very blessed to be doing what I am. Music will never be a competition for me. I feel this world has enough place for everyone so I want my art to speak for itself. Honestly, I do not even believe I am a part of any rat race at all.”
An optimistic soul with clarity in his mind, Mithoon acknowledges being honoured and respected for his work. Soon we will be listening to his compositions for Satellite Shankar, Malang and Shamshera. Mithoon has already worked with T-Series and Mohit Suri in the past, this will be his first for Yash Raj Films for Shamshera.
“Working with T-Series, especially Murad and Sandeep has been nothing but great. They have shown immense respect for my craft. Even when I wanted to do two versions of the same song with different singers, they agreed to do that as well.
And every time I have worked with Mohit Suri, it has been my complete comfort zone. It is always thrilling and exciting but the connect is always valuable. Also with Malang coming soon, all I can say is that I am eagerly looking forward to its release.”
During my conversation with Mithoon, it was evident that he was in a great musical space and he is immersing himself in work right now. He logged off by reflecting on how well he has been received by the industry and audiences during the course of his career. So much so, that it gives him the confidence to venture into unchartered avenues that we will witness soon.
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