Rachita Arora: Enjoyed the freedom Anurag sir gave me
Mukkabaaz composer Rachita Arora in an interview with mid-day talks about working with Anurag Kashyap and more
Her compositions for Rajkummar Rao's Newton (2017) may have gone unnoticed, but Rachita Arora finds herself where she belongs - in the spotlight. The music director is being touted as the talent to watch out for, thanks to her distinctive work in Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz. From giving a spin to the popular folk song Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye to venting out the protagonist's long-contained rage in Bahut Hua Samman, Arora has shown that she can handle various genres with deft. "Personally, I enjoy the dark genres and orchestral work. But I love experimenting. If you consider Mukkabaaz, it's not all about love songs."
Arora considers herself fortunate to be collaborating with Kashyap early on in her career. "The best part about Anurag sir's films is that you don't see actors dancing and lip-syncing; music is the tool for storytelling. He has a clear vision. He gave me the lyrics and explained the situation for each song. Composing the tracks as per the script was challenging, but I enjoyed the freedom he gave me."
She is unperturbed that her work in Newton didn't make a splash. "None of the songs became popular because they weren't promoted. They were rustic and such tracks don't appeal to the masses," says Arora, who is also working on Saif Ali Khan's web series, Sacred Games.
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