In a year in which Hindi film music hasn’t fared too well, Pritam rolled out two blockbuster soundtracks: Laal Singh Chaddha and Brahmastra.
Although Advait Chandan’s Laal Singh Chaddha tanked at the box office, its songs have acquired a life of their own. For Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Pritam’s blend of Sanskrit shlokas and extravagant orchestral arrangements for the background score stays with viewers long after they have left the movie theatre.
Both soundtracks have had the good fortune of sharing a composer and lyricist – Amitabh Bhattacharya – unlike most other Bollywood albums released in the past decade.
“When I know the entire film is mine, the feeling of ownership is something else,” Pritam told Scroll.in. “I left so many films for Brahmastra. For its OTT release, I am still reworking some cues in the background score as I felt they weren’t right in the theatrical version.”
Pritam’s reputation for tinkering his songs until the nth minute has nothing to do with the delayed soundtrack releases of Laal Singh Chaddha and Brahmastra, he said. The Laal Singh Chaddha album emerged a week before the film’s release in August. The full Brahmastra album is scheduled for October 5, almost a month after its theatrical release.
“With Brahmastra, Ayan said that he began the film on Dussehra so he’d like to put the album out on Dussehra as…