When the world went into lockdown, Govind Vasantha let his music movement. The composer, who began the yr with Jaanu, the Telugu remake of the breakthrough mission, 96, has had an extended listing of releases on OTT platforms, beginning with Jyothika-starrer Ponmagal Vandhaal.
Then got here Tamil anthology Putham Pudhu Kaalai, and his first Hindi mission, Bejoy Nambiar’s Taish. Subsequent up is Suriya’s Deepavali launch, Soorarai Pottru (releasing on Amazon Prime on November 12), which has his band Thaikkudam Bridge teaming up with GV Prakash Kumar for a monitor.
He’s additionally on board Vijay Sethupathi’s Tughlaq Durbar and has already launched a monitor sung by rapper Arivu. The musician can also be a part of Mani Ratnam’s anthology for Netflix, Navarasa, and choreographer Brinda’s directorial début, Hey Sinamika, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Aditi Rao Hydari. In Malayalam, he has completed Nivin Pauly’s Padavettu and Vijay Sethupathi-Nithya Menen-starrer 19 (1) (a).
“It so occurred that the tasks got here one after the opposite with the movies getting pushed or delayed due to the pandemic. Aside from the 2 anthologies, the remaining had been already there,” he says.
Though a visitor composer in Putham Pudhu Kaalai, the mission has been particular in that he has labored with Bombay Jayashri for the phase Avarum Naanum-Avalum Naanum. Directed by Gautham Menon, it tells the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter who reluctantly arrives at his dwelling to stick with him throughout lockdown. “I got here into the mission by means of Reshma Ghatala, the author of the phase. We had been engaged on one other OTT mission that got here to a halt due to the lockdown,” he says.
Music is integral to the storyline. The grandfather and his daughter, a classical singer, will not be on speaking phrases. “Since we don’t see the character, it was vital to have a voice that stood out, one which was mature and melancholic with an angelic aura. It needed to be a haunting quantity as nicely and that’s the reason I made a decision to go along with Jayashri ma’am. I had earlier labored together with her in a Malayalam mission that didn’t come out. She has sung for me in Hey Sinamika as nicely,” he says.
The track, ‘Kanna Thoothu Poda’, written by Karky, has minimal association, with a mix of Carnatic and folks parts. “I didn’t wish to make it an out-and-out Carnatic monitor however one thing on the strains of ‘Padariyen padippariyen…’ [from Sindhubhairavi]. So it begins off as a Carnatic track and slowly shifts to a folksy temper,” says Govind, who has additionally completed the background rating of the phase.
Nevertheless, he’s dissatisfied that the track has not had the attain he hoped for. “That’s the draw back of OTT releases. We don’t know whether or not the viewers favored the track or not. Songs too will not be promoted as a lot as in a theatrical launch,” he observes.
As for Soorarai Pottru, it was director Sudha Kongara who approached his band to make use of their track, ‘Urumbu’ within the monitor, ‘Aagasam’. Govind and Christin Jose, one of many singers of Thaikkudam, have crooned the breezy quantity. “I’m utilizing one other track from our band in Hey Sinamika,” he provides.
Govind is thrilled about Padavettu, a multi-genre musical. “I’m trying ahead for the movie and the songs to come back out. There are 9 tracks and the quantity would possibly go up. There’s rap, folks, classical and different genres. The listing of singers embody CJ Kuttappan, Sunil Mathai, Shahabaz Aman, Vedan, Annie Amie and a bunch of recent singers, together with actor Shammi Thilakan and the director [Liju Krishna]!” he says.
Whereas he’s tight-lipped concerning the rasa (emotion) he’s dealing with in Navarasa, which relies on 9 feelings, Govind provides that he’s trying ahead to working with Bejoy once more for the phase that options Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj and Revathi. “I’m comfy working with Bejoy, having related to him earlier in a number of tasks, together with Solo,” he says. He’s additionally working in one other Malayalam movie preparing for an OTT launch and a few tasks in Hindi.
In the meantime, he admits that he can’t anticipate dwell reveals to start out and carry out along with his band. “It’s disappointing that we couldn’t tour a lot with our album, Namah,” he says. Trying again on the lockdown days, Govind says that he had a fruitful interplay with followers by posting unplugged variations of a few of his favorite tracks on his social media web page. “It was a studying expertise for me. I realised that almost all of them choose bitter-sweet numbers,” he laughs.