Music composer Balamurali has two big dreams

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Jun 26, 2018 02:44 PM IST

Chennai: Working for a Rajinikanth-starrer and making Kamal Haasan sing to his tunes are the two main dreams of music composer Balamurali Balu.

His tracks in the filmsĀ Hara Hara Mahadevaki, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, Peechankai and Traffic Ramasamy have established him as a promising composer.

News Today recently caught up with Balamurali to know about his plans.

Excerpts from the interview

Q: All your four movies are unique. How did you choose them?

A: That was totally coincidental. Had I been choosy, I would not have been a composer at all. I come from a non-filmy background. So, I was waiting to take up any opportunity that came my way. That was when my first movie Peechankai happened.

Q: Was it difficult to convince your family when you signed up for adult movies?

A: No, I took my parents to watch Hara Hara Mahadevaki. I just wanted to see their happiness when they saw my name on the title card. They did not mind about the plot of the movie. But, for Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, I did not tell them about the plot or the movie name until the posters and teaser were out. They did not react much.

Q: Hara Hara Mahadevaki's theme song and Traffic Ramasamy's Komali have a new style of composition. How did you do that?

A: Both these songs were inspired. The promo song of Hara Hara Mahadevaki was a collage of all audios by WhatsApp Swamiji. So, we wanted to maintain that theme throughout the film.

Since Traffic Ramasamy was a political satire, we opted for the 'I am very happy' theme of the popular fake politician role of Goundamani in Suryan movie. The main percussion of Komali was developed from that beat.

Q: What kind of instrumentation do you use?

A: It all depends on the budget of the movie. Instrumentation makes a song more lively, but it is also expensive. Most small budget movies have simple electronically programmed songs. But, in Ghajinikanth, we have used live instruments. We have a classical song in the movie based on Sri Raagam, which will have a mix of traditional and western instruments like sarangi, guitar and electronic drum beats.

Q: Did you learn classical music?

A: I am still learning. Since I was not allowed to think about anything else except becoming a doctor or an engineer during schooldays, I could not learn music. But only when I decided that music would be my career, I started learning it.

Q: What is your dream?

A: My dream is to work for a Rajinikanth movie. I also want to make Kamal Haasan sing a song for me. Apart from that I would like to explore more genres like action thriller and romance dramas.