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Amit Trivedi says the failure of 'Bombay Velvet' greatly affected its music

Published Aug 4, 2015, 11:23 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 7:46 am IST
The composer expresses that he never expected the movie to bomb so badly

Mumbai: Music composer Amit Trivedi had hoped his all-jazz soundtrack for Anurag Kashyap's period crime-drama Bombay Velvet would change the jazz scene in the country. 

The composer, who experimented with the soundtrack for the Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma-starrer, says the album did not get its due credit because of the film's failure. "The soundtrack suffered because of the the movie's failure. We didn't expect that the movie will bomb so badly. If it would have done average business or gone above average, then also it would've helped the music a lot. That put the music on the back foot because the music was part of the whole screenplay and the milieu of the film," the composer told PTI.


Trivedi, who composed mixed bag of dance, soft rock, and earthy numbers for Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen, said the soundtrack of Bombay Velvet would have made people more aware of jazz in the country.

"Jazz is something which Indian audience are not well versed with. So that was an experiment which some liked and some did not. People, who understand jazz have taken the music really well. But the ones who did not understand, the music went above their heads. If the film had worked it would've changed the course of jazz scene in the country." The composer, who has given hits like 'Iktara', 'Manjha', and 'Ishaqzaade', says he is shocked how sometimes his least favourite songs turn out to be chart busters, including his breakthrough hit 'Emotional Atyachar'.


"While recording a song, you get the feeling that it might do wonders. But sometimes there are songs where you get the feeling that they won't click but they have worked brilliantly. When I composed 'Emotional Atyachar', I thought the song won't work. I never liked the song, since day one when I created, I was like 'what is this, why am I doing this, it'll run only for 6-7 days'. But I was proved wrong. It happened with 'Gal Meethi Meethi Bol' too. I sometimes get shocked how these songs worked, because the ones I really wanted to work, they never clicked." 


Trivedi debuted in 2008 with Aamir and went on to compose for films like Dev D, Aisha, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and English Vinglish.

Yet, the composer feels he still has not been able to gauge the pulse of the audience, as the music scene is forever changing.

"It's never easy to gauge the pulse of the audience as every six months, the taste changes. It's not going to be the same so we have to keep adapting to it. But the basic crux, the soul of the melody has to be strong. Which will always work, weather it comes before thousand years from now or thousand years later. There is no formula. If that was true, then everybody would churn out hits and there would be no flops."