My journey has been fantastic as I kept learning and surprising myself during the process.Photo: Sneha Khanwalkar facebook fanpage
By Neha Borkar
If you've been playing 'Tain Tain To To' and 'Hunter' on loop for weeks now, you have Sneha Khanwalkar to thank. From Ram Gopal Verma's flick 'Go' to Anurag Kashyap's blockbuster 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Sneha has come a long way in a music industry dominated by male composers. She is only the fourth ever woman after Jaddan Bai (Nargis Dutt's mother), Saraswati Devi and Usha Khanna to have scored a Bollywood soundtrack. We caught up with Sneha as she gears up for the release of GOW Part II. Excerpts from the interview:
You've come a long way from RGV's 'Go'. How would you describe your journey?
My journey has been fantastic as I kept learning and surprising myself during the process. There was never a dearth of ideas. If you see my work in 'Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye', 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha' and GOW, I've tried to keep it different and not be repetitive. Today, my ideas come to me in a crystallized form and I know how to execute them better. It's been a wonderful journey indeed.
You travel to gather inspiration. Is there some sort of formula you follow?
No, it's not my formula. It's been assumed that I travel for my music but I only did so for 'Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur', because I thought the region played a very important role in composing the music. Since Punjab was the backdrop for ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye’, and Bihar for GOW, I thought it would have been unfair to compose without knowing the roots. Also 'Sound Trippin' happened at around that time, and since the concept of the show included travel, people just assumed that I travel for my music.
How difficult was it to find local singers to sing for you?
That's where travelling helped. We kept on asking for singers in the same way you' ask local people for directions to a place. Also, I never said that I was from Bollywood or that I was conducting auditions. People were very welcoming and therefore it was not difficult to interact with them.
You composed 22 songs for both parts of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. Was it exhausting at some point of time?
Not at all. It was all in sync, and I never thought that it was too much to do. I composed all the songs together and now eight songs will be released with Part 2.
After 'Sound Trippin' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur', you've gained a lot of fans. What should they expect from you now?
They should expect to get surprised. I keep on doing new things that take me by surprise too.
Sneha, you are very good looking. Would you consider being an actor?
(Laughs) Oh, really? I haven't honestly thought about it. Let me tell you, I haven't even watched myself on TV yet! But if something interesting comes up, then why not?
What are your upcoming projects?
I cannot speak about it right now, but my plans might come out by the end of August.
Listen to the soundtrack of Gangs of Wasseypur here.
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