I Refused Saawariya for Not Wanting to Shift to Mumbai: Bickram Ghosh

Kolkata: Eminent tabla player and music composer Bickram Ghosh had refused to work in director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2007 film Saawariya because he was not open to move to Mumbai. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event in the city yesterday, Bickram said, “Bhansali offered me the film on the condition that I move out of Kolkata, which I didn’t accept.”

The music director of the Shabor series said, “I started doing film music much later in my career. I can’t write film music and was hesitant at the beginning. But even then, over the years, I have composed music for around 30 films.”

Bickram, admittedly, never contemplated of moving out of Kolkata to compose music for Hindi films.

“While composing music for Girish Malik’s Academy Award nominated film Jal in 2013, Sonu Nigam wondered how we will be able to work together since he stayed in Mumbai and I in Kolkata. But the distance was never a factor in coming up with the wonderful score for Jal,” Bickram recalled.

The music director’s latest film Guptodhoner Sondhane is in the third week of its release. His upcoming Hindi film Khajoor Pe Atke, directed by Harsh Chhaya, will open on 18 May.

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“Khajoor Pe Atke is my eighth Hindi film. It is extremely satisfying for me that Kolkata-based singers like Ujjaini Mukherjee and Timir Biswas have lent their voices to the soundtrack,” Bickram said, adding that he has always been determined to compose music based out of his hometown.

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