Interview - Babul Bose - Acclaimed Bengali and Hindi Film Music Director

Calcutta, Nov 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Soumitra Talukdar and Mou Sanyal talk to Babul Bose, the famous Music Director of Mumbai & Kolkata in a comprehensive, intimate and exclusive interview.

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In his childhood , there was not particularly an atmosphere of music in his family .But he felt an enormous interest in music .When asked how Babul Bose started his career as a guitarist ; he said that there lies a fun story behind .In their joint family of , his cousin had a Spanish guitar and had been learning guitar in a music school in Kolkata. His brother was very possessive about his guitar and no one was allowed to touch it.Babul Bose took opportunity of his elder brother’s absence when the latter would go out and started secretly practicing on his brother’s guitar , taking help of his cousin’s notation paper. He would return the guitar in the place where it was exactly kept before his brother returned home and nobody found out that he was stealthily playing his brother’s guitar. Suddenly an opportunity came .His brother was asked to play the guitar in a Band by an uncle as the guitarist of the band was absent on that day. But his brother was just a beginner and did not have the confidence to play guitar in such a big function .Babul Bose approached the uncle confidently and all the musicians and family members were astonished to watch him playing guitar like a professional guitarist.

After that he went to Mumbai and got a job in a hotel as a guitarist .Subsequently, he worked as an assistant of music director Anu Malik as a ‘sitting musician’for about three years .Babul Bose assisted for about twenty five Hindi Films at that time under Anu Malik.

A real struggle came when he decided to be an independent Music Director . He left his job as an assistant and started his career as a Music Director.At this time he was jobless and roaming here and there to get a break as a Music Director.

The real break through came when “Mithun DA” - the famous actor Mithun Chakraborty agreed to sing as debut Singer with debut Music Director Babul Bose and the song was super duper hit Kolkatari Rockey Koto Adda Merechi and all the accompanists were the famous Musicians of Pancham Da R.D Burman. They were arranger Bablu Chakraborty, Monohari Aich, Basu-Da,Ramesh Aire etc .

Soon after, a couple of Music Albums were released from Venus company by many celebrity Singers like Asha Bhonsley, Md Aziz, Binodh Rathore, Alka Yagnik, Nitin Mukesh etc. under Music Direction of Babul Bose. At that time the famous song written by famous lyricist Pulak Bandopadhayay Amor Shilpi Tumi Kishore Kumar after the demise of Legend Kishore Kumar sung by debut Singer Kumar Sanu became a tremendous hit Bengali Album released from Gulshan Kumar’s T-Series Company achieving Gold Disc Award.

Babul Bose’s first Bengali Film Music Direction was “Maryada” Directed by Famous Actor Chiranjit Chakraborty.

After that, Gulshan Kumar, owner of T-Series once again asked Babul Bose to give Music Direction in his own Hindi Film production Jina Teri Gali Mein. All the songs were super duper hit and achieved Platinum Disc Award. Babul Bose was honoured by the Super Star Amitabh Bachchan of Bollywood Film Industry.

Babul Bose worked with Previous Generation Lyric Writers like Gouri Prasanna Majumdar, Pulak Bandopadhayay, Mukul Dutta etc. and also with New Generation Lyric Writers like Gautam Susmit, Shyamal Sengupta, Priyo Chattopadhayay etc . When he was questioned about whether any kind of differences between these two generation of Lyric Writers as he experienced woking with both, he said with a smile that both need to be given their due respect and avoided any comparison between the two.

Babul Bose is the Music Director of about Eighty Bengali Films and six films are ready to be released soon. Almost all the Bengali film Songs are being recorded in Mumbai Studios with Celebrity Singers from Bollywood by his music direction .When he was asked about why the Singers of Kolkata are neglected by him, he explained that, once he asked a producer to take singers from kolkata as there are many good singers in Kolkata and moreover the film was a Bengali one.The producer said that then, he would have taken a Music Director from Kolkata only if he would have been ready to take Singers from Kolkata. So, it is not always in his hands. However he has given chances to some singers from Kolkata like Nachiketa Chakraborty, Mita Chatterjee, Jojo, Srikanto Acharya etc and whenever he gets any opportunity, he tries to give chances to those who are struggling in Mumbai for an opportunity. In fact Babul Bose is known for his sympathy for the talented newcomers.

Babul Bose has now started a Film Production House where his first film “Bindas Prem” will be released in the month of January 2011.In the near future we hope to see many good films from his banner.

Many Indian (Bengali and Hindi) movie DVDs featuring music direction by Babul Bose are available online shipped to North America (USA-Canada) and worldwide. The following is a partial list of DVD. CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE.

Aaghat (2001) - Director:Anup Sengupta; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta
Aashray (2000) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta
Andha Prem (2003) - Director:Narayan Chatterjee; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Annadaata (2002) - Director:Rabi Kinagi; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Sreelekha Mitra
Apon Holo Par (2000) - Director:Ratan Adhikari; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Indrani Haldar
Cheeta (2005) - Director:T L V Prasad; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Rambha
Dada (2005)- T L V Prasad; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Mousumi Saha
Dadathakur (2001) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Victor Banerjee, Firdous Ahmed
Debanjali (2000) - Director:Amitava Chatterjee; Cast: Chiranjeet, Debashree Roy
Gandakal (2003) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik
Guru (2003) - Director:Swapan Saha; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Tapas Pal
Guru Sishya (2001) - Director:Swapan Saha; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta
Hungama (2006) - Director:Swapan Saha; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta
Jamaibabu Jindabad (2001) - Director:Ratan Adhikari; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta
Jeena Teri Gali Mein (1991) - Director:Tinnu Anand; Cast: Kavita Kapoor, Tinnu Anand
Jiban Yuddha (2002) - Director:Shah Alam Kiran; Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Amit Hasan
Mon Mane Na (1993) - Director:Indar Sen; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Shilpa
Manik (2005) - Director:Prabhat Roy; Cast: Jeet, Koel Mullick
Maryada (1989) - Director:Chiranjeet; Cast: Chiranjeet, Satabdi Roy
Meet Mere Man Ke (1991) - Director:Mehul Kumar; Cast: Salma Agha, Prasenjit Chatterjee
Mera Damaad (1995) - Director:Partho Ghosh; Cast: Farooq Shaikh, Zarina Wahab
Meri Adalat (2001) - Director:Hamid Ali; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Prem Chopra
Meri Janeman (1992) - Director:Chander Sharma; Cast: Poonam Dasgupta, Shakti Kapoor
Mohini (1995) - Director:Bimal Dutta; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Mone Rekho - Director:Audio Album - Director:Asha Bhosle
Nawab Nandini (2007) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Hiran Chatterjee, Koel Mullick
Parinam (2005) - Director:Tanmay Mukherjee; Cast: Nagma, Sharad Kapoor
Poochho Mere Dil Se (2004) - Director:Director: Kumar Pradeep; Cast: Gaurav Ghai, Raghuvir Singh
Pratibaad (2001) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik
Prem Pratiggya (2001) - Director:Sujit Guha; Cast: Sandhya Roy, Rituparna Sengupta
Raja Rani Badsha (1998) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Satabdi Roy, Shakil Saramin
Saathihara (2006) - Director:Biresh Chatterjee;  Cast: Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee
Sasurbari Jindabad (2000) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik
Shapmochon (2007) - Director:Hira Chowdhury; Cast: Jishu Sengupta, Meghna Haldar
Shiva (2002) - Director:Jillu Rahman;  Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy
Surya (2004) - Director:Haranath Chakraborty; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Anu Chowdhury
Swami Chintai (2004) - Director:Sohanur Rahaman Sohan; Cast: Rituparna Sengupta
Tak Misti Jiban (2002) - Director:Sujit Guha;  Cast: Tapas Pal, Rituparna Sengupta
Thikana (1991) - Director:Indar Sen; Cast: Debashree Roy, Dipankar Dey
Tumi Je Amaar (1994) - Director:Indar Sen; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik

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