Bollywood background scorer on the frontline

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Abhijit Vaghani, who has produced music for countless Bollywood movies including Dishoom, Azhar, Ki & Ka, Sarbjit, Airlift and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and composed the background score for 50 films, turned composer with the single Pyaar Manga Hai which has Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan behind the mike (it crossed 10 million views on YouTube within three days. It has crossed 40 million views as we write this). The video had Zareen Khan and Ali Fazal getting steamy.

He is on tenterhooks before his Bollywood composition in upcoming thriller Wajah Tum Ho is out. The soundtrack also has compositions by Mithoon and Meet Brothers.

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Abhijit is considered a remix specialist. He is the remixer of Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade), Singham and Aadat Se Majboor (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl). In a music career spanning 16 years, starting with the background score of Chocolate (2005), he has worked with Pritam, Salim-Sulaiman and Sanjoy Chaudhary. “As a music producer, I am proud of Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year, Krrish and Bang Bang. As background score composer, it’s Dishoom. As producer, my top favourites are Sooraj Dooba Hain (Roy), High Heels and Sau Aasmaan (Baar Baar Dekho).”

Why background score is king
Abhijit says the background score is most essential to a film, because “it determines the mood of a particular scene”. Says the remix specialist, “The background score ensures a seamless watch; when you don’t have dialogues in a particular scene, it bridges the gap between two scenes and, of course, if there is a serious mood, the audience will relate quicker to that particular mood. If you want an action scene to not seem too heavy, you lend it an alternate treatment so that it sounds lighter. The best background scores are the ones that are not noticed.”

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Naturally gifted
“I was always into playing the keyboard from a young age, but then I soon realised I was better at combining sounds and making it into a track or background score cue, so I went into production. Soon I realised that I am good at making the tunes, so compositions came into play,” he says.

Fan boy
Among the musicians Abhijit has personally worked with, he admires Sonjoy Das and Shomu Seal (guitarists), Mohini Dey (bass player), Darshan Doshi, Gino Banks (drummer). His favourite artistes are AR Rahman, Hans Zimmer and the late RD Burman.

Social media is priority for this talented guy. He says, “At a time like this when social media is ruling the market more than television, there is a need to be heavily active on it.”

Hit up Abhijit Vaghani on Twitter and Instagram

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