Sonu debuts as composer for film


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Oct. 22 -- Sonu Nigam loves donning many hats. The playback singer, who has also dabbled in acting besides judging a popular reality music series, is now debuting as a composer for a Bollywood film.

The singer has collaborated with tabla player/percussionist Bickram Ghosh and the duo has composed all tracks of the film, Jal, direct by Girish Malik. "Composing music with Bickram for this exciting project was a great experience," says Sonu, adding that the transition to directing music was effortless for him.

"Composing comes naturally to me because apart from being a singer, I'm also a musician. I understand the technical intricacies involved in the arrangement and production of tracks," says the singer, who has, in the past, composed for a few of his independent pop albums too.

For his debut film, Sonu has also penned lyrics for the title track, 'Jal de jal de...' which features singer Shubha Mudgal. Jal stars actors Purab Kohli, Mukul Dev and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

The film's story revolves around the water crisis that erupts in the Kutch region due to the drying up of river Narmada. Recently, the singer also composed an anthem, 'Haseen zindagi...' written by Javed Akhtar, for a breast cancer awareness campaign called B Aware! "This composition is an effort aimed at creating awareness for the cause. I believe that it's important to give back to society in any manner you can," reveals Sonu.

Aimed at the youth, the upbeat song has been voiced by six young talents from the industry from Shefali Alvares and Shruti Pathak to Akriti Kakkar, Teesha Nigam, Neha Bhasin and Shilpa Rao.