A Presidency College or university graduate of the 90s, presently a movie star in Mumbai, has his musical ear tuned to what’s occurring at the Assembly polls in Bengal. But he ain’t chatting.

The only time Pritam Chakraborty, the gifted composer who not long ago took household the Filmfare for his perform in Anurag Basu’s Ludo, actively dabbled in politics was way back when Independents’ Consolidation (IC, which received handsomely till lately) was shaped for the duration of his college yrs.

“IC was not with the extreme Still left or Naxals, not SFI or CP,” he pointed out. “It was an independent students’ system, and that was the only time I was associated with politics. No way will I get into any kind of politics these days.”

Fellow Bengali and fellow musician Babul Supriyo moved to the hurly-burly of electoral politics but Pritam will not abide by fit.

“Babul Supriyo has the present of the gab,” he claimed fondly. “Even in his pre-political days, on any display in which I’ve been with him, he’d have a excellent perception of humour. In politics you have to converse properly. And you will need to have a very potent check out.”

Does he retain tabs on the Assembly elections in Bengal? “I adhere to politics incredibly carefully,” he explained with frankness, “but I will not convey to you,” he laughed even much more frankly. “I continue to keep my views to myself.”

The boy from Presidency would relatively “do humanitarian do the job. Enable men and women. That is what I’m intrigued in”.

Pritam has his have home-grown objectives in existence. When he’s correct up there with more trophies than he can hold, his focus on is, “To gain adore. Earning the like of the persons is most crucial.”

The best time to chat with Pritam is when there’s no movie to be promoted as he dwells easily on a variety of matters. Even in excess of the way the honorific suffix of “da” got mangled in his title.

“Everybody thinks Pritamda is my title,” he chuckled. “Even folks 10 many years more mature than me have been calling me Pritamda. Some who considered Pritamda was my title, would phone me Pritamdaji or Pritamda Saab. Regard ke upar respect,” he included.

Pritam by any other name is a synonym for chartbusting melody and for some extremely specific friendships. Topping it would be Anurag Basu, they’ve journeyed together from Gangster to Ludo. “It’s a lot more friendship between Anurag and me,” he agreed, “but also because Anurag thinks his films musically. The type of filmmaking he does is entirely mad. If you see Jagga Jasoos, Ludo, they’re all mad people today. He himself is a minor eccentric, it is mirrored in his films. The good section is, he’s so musically inclined, he provides soul to his films.”

For Pritam, a song is a a few-tined fork in which the composer, the lyricist and the director are the crucial points. And making the most of the process of creating new music with administrators as young as Ayaan Mukerji and as skilled as Karan Johar has been the energiser.

“Ayaan is really distinctive, a entire-on charmer,” Pritam remarked. “I had a blast working with him in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, it was like a celebration each day. Brahmastra is in some other zone. I just want Brahmastra to be a large good results mainly because of Ayaan and Ranbir.”

From Rajneeti and Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and rocking songs like Badtameez dil and Balam pichkari, Pritam also has a tender corner for Ranbir Kapoor. “Such a pretty man or woman. If I do not get a information from Ranbir that he likes a track, I sense, gaana change karte,” he laughed.

An fantastic aspect has been Pritam’s self-assurance, exhibited when he started off JAM8 (now with Primary Focus), a platform for new musicians. In limited, generating competitiveness for himself.

Pointing to the one-yr breaks he took in 2014 and 2017, he queried, “If I experienced any insecurity, would I have taken those breaks?” And then he dropped his most current “breaking news”: “Watch and see, my up coming split will be retirement.”

He explained, “I have not been ready to do a Bengali movie, I want to do a person. I want to do solo albums, I have some thoughts. But huge-spending budget, box business, I do not want any more of it.”

In his personal way, even in retirement, dhoom machate rahenge

Bharathi S. Pradhan is a senior journalist and author