Interview: Anupam Roy - The New Music Star of Tollywood Bengali Cinema

By Subhomoy Mukherjee
Picture By Bappaditya Dasgupta from Anupam Roy's fundraising performance for Eso Kichu Kori

Click on Play to listen to Anupam Roy: WBRi On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service

[Anupam Roy]Calcutta, May 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) He was very shy in childhood but he used to communicate through music even then. From his early days he likes to eat, drink and sleep music. When he was very young, this brilliant student sang songs of Rabindranath Tagore at different cultural functions as well as in school. Now he is the new icon of Bengali Music for his lyrics, composition and definitely singing. Meet music director Anupam Roy whose composition “Amake Amaar Moto Thakte Dao” from the film Autograph has broken many records in Bengal’s music History.

We can describe his arrival in Bengali music as “Vini-Vidi-Vici”. I met Anupam at his residence when Kolkata was busy watching India’s ravishing win against Pakistan at ICC Cricket World Cup, 2011.

When he was in college, Anupam started to sing at College festivals with his guitar and there he became popular among other students by singing compositions of popular contemporary singers. Then, inspired by Suman, Nachiketa and others, he started writing his own songs. But he never seriously thought of making a career in music. After completing his education, he joined the corporate world and moved his base from Kolkata to Bangalore.

He then realized his love for music and dreamed of music as his profession.

In Bangalore he met Srijit Mukherjee (WBRi interview), director of Autograph, and they started a theater group with help of Ranjan Ghoshal. Then they conceptualized “Feluda Ferot”, a drama depicting an elderly Feluda and a married Topse, the cousin brother and assistant of great detective Feluda alias Pradosh C. Mitter. Anupam acted in as well as composed music for Feluda Ferot. Anupam starred in some acclaimed dramas in Hindi as well over his stay in Bangaluru.

Srijit had promised Anupam to bring him aboard as the music composer if he made a feature film some day, and in Autograph, Srijit incorporated some of the compositions of Anupam where Anupam also lends his voice. The rest is history.

Subsequently Anupam was offered the opportunity of composing music for the renowned film director Haranath Chakraborty for his dream project “Chalo Paltai” with a promise of a free hand. Chalo Paltai is a new experience for Anupam since he has created music as per the demands of a film's script for the first time.

After the musical success of Chalo Paltai, Anupam’s schedule is becoming busier with music direction, writing lyrics and singing and he quit his job to concentrate fully on music.

Anupam Roy is presently busy with his music album from Shree Venkatesh, and music direction for some films including forthcoming works by Srijit Mukherjee and Kaushik Ganguly.