Mumbai, June 18 -- While most composers in the country have a deep knowledge of Indian classical music, not many are proficient in western classical as well. But composer- singer Jeet Gannguli, whose latest Bollywood outing is Hamari Adhuri Kahani (HAK), is part of that privileged list.
"Indian classical music is in my blood. I have grown up singing Rabindra Sangeet. And when I was 16, I started training in jazz," says Jeet, who rose to fame in the Hindi film industry with his compositions in Blood Money (2012).
Talking about his journey in Bollywood, the composer says, "Mukesh Bhatt (producer) is my godfather. After Blood Money, my compositions in Aashiqui 2 (2013), Youngistaan (2014) and CityLights (2014) shot me to popularity. And HAK has been one of my most favourite projects," says Jeet, adding that making music for HAK was an "intense" experience.
Explaining the musical journey of the film, he says, "Mukeshji told me that the film is intense, so the songs should also do justice to its theme. He wanted me to make a track that had longevity.
When Mahesh Bhatt saab (film-maker heard 'Hamari adhuri kahani', he was so touched that he cried. Even now, when I sing the song, he sings along and gets nostalgic."
Jeet, who is also a singer, says he enjoys both composing and singing, as he feels both are different creative processes. "Singing is my passion, and the process of making music is also thrilling. When I recorded 'Hamari adhuri kahani' in my voice, Sanujeet Bhujabal from Sony Music India and Bhatt saab felt that the track should be retained in the soundtrack of the film," says Jeet.
Though he loves to perform at concerts, the composer-singer says that Bollywood music keeps him too busy to perform live. "I have grown up singing at concerts. But now, I hardly get the time. Whenever I perform, I sing my most favourite tracks like, 'Muskurane ki wajah' (CityLights), 'Khamoshiyan' (Khamoshiyan) and 'Hamari adhuri kahani', I get 'once more' requests," says Jeet, who is currently also working on a solo project.