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My First break


"I like to work hard to make each and every film a success because of my music "



Harris Jayaraj

How it happened

I never thought I would become a film composer. I was a busy keyboard player. I was working for nearly 40 music composers across the country in all the languages. I started building my own studio for which I needed resources. I started composing jingles. That was when I met Gautham Vasudev Menon and cameraman Rajasekar who told me they planned to start a film “O Lala”. I agreed to do the project but nothing happened for nealy a year. When they returned with Dr. Murali Manohar, producer of Jeans, I thought work would start. This time they said the title had been changed from O Lala to Minnale with Madhavan as the hero. But before Minnale released, I started work on two other films — Majnu and 12B.

How it felt

After the first day of the film, Murali Manohar came home and asked my mother whether she had seen her son’s first film. She said ‘No’. He arranged for the tickets and she saw how much her son’s work, especially the songs, were appreciated. I went for the night show. It was a moment I cannot describe. Not only me, the whole crew, including Gautham, was elated.

How life changed

I was paid everyday for the work I did as a keyboard player. Composers are not paid everyday. So it took me nearly eight months to adjust to this way of working. It was director Madesh who advised me how to chose films that have music potential. I like to work hard to make each and every film a success because of my music.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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