March 4, 2010

'The prospect of composing for an Indian film was very enticing, especially after I met A R Rahman'

Abhay Deol's Road, Movie is unusual is many ways. It tells a unique story, not one that we've seen on Bollywood screens time and again. And it has some beautiful music by Canadian guitarist Michael Brooke, who has lent his talent to such Hollywood films like Mission Impossible, Transformers, Phone Booth and Black Hawk Down.

Brooke has also worked with the late legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his album Night Song, for which he also won a Grammy nomination in 1996.

In an e-mail interview, Brooke talks about his work in his first Bollywood film.

You have worked with such astonishingly diverse stalwarts as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Edge and Robert Fripp. You have even worked on a blockbuster like Mission Impossible II and a path-breaking documentary like Inconvenient Truth. What made you sign up a Hindi movie?

I had some connection to the producers from the past, and I believe that Dev Benegal [ Images ], the director, was aware of my music. Also, the combination of the beauty and emotional resonance of the film and Dev's deep musical knowledge and creative ideas.

Did you do any homework as such, like maybe reading up on Indian cinema, or listening to Indian songs?

Not really, I have heard Indian songs before. I have been enjoying The Bombay Connection Volumes 1 and 2, collections of music from Bollywood films of the 1960s and 970s. Also, Dev gave me the brief of what kind of music he wanted, so it was not that difficult.

Take us through the composing process.

The prospect of composing for an Indian film was very enticing, especially after I met A R Rahman. I was also in Rahman's studio in Chennai and after speaking to him, the lure of Bollywood became even more important for me.

When Dev came forward with this proposal, I knew it was a good opportunity. It was an interesting experience to compose music for the movie. I just went with the brief I got. I have used my invention, the infinite guitar, to create the background score because Dev wanted a more westernized music than Indian. So I just went with it.

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Pardesi said...

I have only heard his take on Sar Jo Tera Chakraye - it is like BW on bhaang, disturbing and interesting at the same time.

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