Graduating to a new level

The Kattadi Thanalum fame singer Reju Joseph is trying his luck in his dream role as a music director in Thank You Very Much
It has been around nine years since Lal Jose’s multi-starrer Classmates hit theatres and eventually became a blockbuster. Along with the script, the songs also contributed much to the success. The nostalgic song Kaattadi Thanalum… was one of the chart busters of the time.
Reju Joseph, who lent his voice for the hit song’s track, is now making his debut as a music director through debutant Sajin Lal’s Thank You Very Much. Luck knocked on his door at a totally unexpected moment.
“I know Sajin from the past few months. One day, he called me and said he was planning to do a film and asked me to suggest a music director. As I had some contacts in the industry, I directed him to some of my friends, but owing to their budget constraints and some other reasons, they could not zero in on any of them. Then Sajin asked me if I could compose the songs,” says Reju.
Though surprised, Reju, who has been dreaming of being a music director one day, readily accepted the offer. “In fact, it was my dream to compose songs for films. After getting Sajin’s offer, I read the script and heard the song situations. I understood that this was the right moment to get launched as a composer,” he says.
Four songs, penned by P.E. Usha, were composed for Thank You Very Much. “The script gave me full confidence to go ahead as it deals with a very relevant subject. All the soundtracks were composed within two months. It includes a lullaby and a ‘new-gen-styled’ track,” says the composer, who is also a law graduate.
Reju, who entered the filmdom crooning for Ouseppachan’s compositions in Meenathil Thalikkettu and Sundarakilladi, was noted for rendering the song Ozhukakayai… in Achanurangatha Veedu.
“It was after watching my television show that Alex Paul called me for this song. After that, I assisted him in compositions for around five years,” says Reju, the father of Jagan, who essayed the younger version of Thilakan in Ustad Hotel.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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