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Published: July 4, 2020 9:18:09 am
It was musician M Jayachandran’s long-held dream for the Sufi genre. And after composing the tunes for Sufiyum Sujatayam, he feels content as a musician. He also believes that the film has allowed him to give his best music album in a career spanning three decades.
Jayachandran’s exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com
What can you tell us about Sufiyam Sujatayam’s music?
It has always been my dream to work on this style. The style has large Arabic and Middle-Eastern influences. And there are a lot of passages in this film where there is no dialogue. The dialogues are produced by music. We had recorded musical interludes before the film was made. I read the entire screenplay and the director marked the places where we needed those bindings. We used musical instruments from the Middle East in recording. After working on this film, I feel very content as a musician. I was able to experiment and bring abstract (style) into the background.
How was your experience working with director Naranipuzha Shanav?
First of all, Shanta is a very good writer. His command over language is commendable. He is very imaginative. As far as the music of this film is concerned, I believe that this is my best work as a musician in the last 30 years.
Whose performance did you like most in the film?
Aditi Rao Hydari’s performance I told Aditi that I have become a big fan of her work. The way she portrayed her character with subtle nuances is incredible. He is the one who leads the film with Jayasuriya. Of course, if I am not being selfish, I want to tell that the background score will also be the main attraction of this film.
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You have been in the industry for almost 30 years. How has film music evolved over the years?
In the early 1970s, RD Burman appeared on the scene. His music was very different from ours. For me, the industry is divided into two: before RD and after RD. And later, it was Ilaiyaraaja. The music we listen to now has many of Ilaiyaraaja’s qualities. After him, it was AR Rahman who brought a huge transition. He brought in a new ideology. All musicians and sound coordinators had the same gadget, but only Rahman could figure out how to pair it with film music as a whole. Like how Hans Jimmer is doing in the West.
You have also made non-film music albums. Can you explain why independent music did not work with a large audience in India?
Indians have a lot of love for film songs and film stars.
What are your favorite Sufi numbers?
I believe that there is no such thing as Sufi music. It is just a variation of Qawwali. And I have heard the music of all the great qawwalis. I am also a big fan of Ghazals, especially Mehdi Hasan Saheb.
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How will working conditions in the music industry change in the post-COVID era?
We keep guessing, so I don’t want to make predictions about it. But, I hope things improve so we can go back to where we were before. At the same time, things have got out of hand. I worked mostly from home, while composing the background score for Sufiyam Sujatayam. These kinds of things are going to happen.
What’s next for you
I am currently working on 19th century music. It is directed by Vinayan and produced by Gokulam Films. The film is set in the 1835s. I am preparing for that film.
Sufiyan Sujatayam is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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