Bollywood"s perfectionist Aamir Khan, has roped in the Argentine music composer Gustavo Santaolalla for his wife Kiran Rao"s directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat.
The Golden Globe Award winner Gustavo is well known for scoring music for the films Brokeback Mountain, Babel and The Motorcycle Diaries. He had won Academy Awards in 2005 and 2005 for 'Best Original Score" in Brokeback Mountain and Babel respectively. His music also earned him the Grammy and BAFTA awards.
Now, the director has moved to Bollywood in order to offer some excellent music to the Indian audience. Speaking about his visit to Mumbai, Gustavo said, “Both Kiran and Aamir believed that I can give perfect music to the film. Kiran, was in Los Angeles to show me the film. I liked it and came here."
In case of the film, Brokeback Mountain, Gustavo composed the music by just going through the script and meeting the director. But for Dhobi Ghat, he preferred to watch the film. He said, “This movie is a reflection of the identity of Mumbai. I liked the way the characters are presented by Kiran in the film, I liked the story."
Gustavo has tried to give the Indian feel by using instruments like sarangi, veena and the Carnatic flute. The composer added, “I am trying to combine various Indian instruments with my aesthetics to compose music that goes well with the film and also establishes my identity as an artist."
He further added, “I never knew that people here know my work so well and I even have some fans here."
We hope that the music of Dhobi Ghat earns him more Indian fans!