Success is formulated in Bollywood: singer-songwriter Mithoon
As a fourth-generation musician in Bollywood, Mithoon Sharma is constantly under pressure. However, this 32-year-old never accedes. Not even when he was asked to compose for Aashiqui 2 — the sequel to the superhit ’90s movie for which his father, Naresh, made the musical score arrangements.
“I’m very emotionally attached to the films I work on, so the stress is always there. Now that Half Girlfriend has released, I needed to travel and recharge my mind and spirit. That’s one reason why I constantly visit Velankanni and Kerala. South India is like a second home to me,” shares the award-winning music director whose repertoire includes Zeher, Anwar, The Train, Yaariyan and Ek Villain.He adds, “The only reason why I haven’t worked on Tamil or Malayalam films—despite numerous offers—is because I haven’t learned the poetic regional languages yet.”
After 11 years in the Hindi film industry, the Tum Hi Ho composer is disillusioned with Bollywood fads like recreating songs from the ’80s and promotional gags like actors turning into vocalists. He should know, after all, he has engaged in a few such endeavours himself.
“Success is formulated in Bollywood. I cannot deny that I’ve been a part of it too, by recreating ’80s hit Aye Mere Humsafar in 2015’s All Is Well. But, I soon realised that there’s no fun in working on already proven melodies. Since then I’ve encouraged original songwriting,” claims the MTV European Music Awards nominee. A man of his word, Mithoon is currently working on music for Aksar 2, Shab and is producing a yet-to-be-titled indie music album with eight songs by eight different singers.