Santosh Varma entered the realm of Malayalam cinema with a whole bundle of dreams, and scaled the heights slowly but steadily. Karthy C from Team Chakpak interviewed the talented lyricist turned music director. Here are a few excerpts from the interview.
The current trends in music have always been criticized by some conventional minds, who allege that the lyrics written these days are shallow. What is your opinion on this matter?
Every beautiful song is born from the contributions of several artists. The lines will never be attractive with the sole effort of a music director or a lyricist. Film songs are written for a particular situation in the film. So it is not practical to insist that the lyrics must be poetic always.
Can you describe your writing style, especially in this scenario, where you are forced to compete with contemporaries like Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma, who still use traditional ways of writing lyrics?
I never insisted that I will write only a particular kind of songs. I write the kind of lyrics a situation demands, and try my best to make the verses good enough. I write in accordance to the situation, for the director and for the film. In my opinion, as long as one persists as a lyricist, he should be able to write every kind of lyrics.
Shreya Ghoshal ventured into Malayalam cinema with a song written by you. How does that make you feel?
Shreya’s first Malayalam song was “Vidaparayukayano…” in Big B which was penned by me. And to be frank, I am really proud of the fact.
Has writing funny lyrics like “Hip Hop song”, “Osama…”, “Machuva…”, “Daddy my daddy…” become your trademark?
Interestingly, most of the filmmakers choose me when they want humorous lyrics, may be because I deliver to their expectations.
Can you tell us about your experience as a music director?
I was a music teacher in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan earlier. Hence it was not a tough task for me to compose. Dr. Innocent Aanu was my maiden project as a composer. If more good projects, that demand my full potential comes my way, I will take up the mantle again. But for now, there is no new project as a music director. Right now, I am concentrating on writing.
You have done seven films with hit musician Alex Paul. What kind of a rapport do you share with him?
Although I had written lyrics for some other films earlier, Alex Paul’s Chathikkatha Chandu was my first release. The song “Love Love Love Letter…” was used throughout the film. We have developed a good rapport since then. He also gave me a chance in his next film Pandippada. He has opened up a vista of opportunities for me.
How was the experience working with the renowned band Euphoria for Best of Luck?
Euphoria’s first Malayalam film is Best Of Luck. Palash is an excellent music director. Working with him adds to our energy and enthusiasm.
I have some promising projects in the pipeline. I am looking forward to the responses to my works in Vaadhyar, Jawan Of Vellimala, Thappana, Mumbai Dosth, Good Bye December, June, and Hit List.
Do you have a few words of advice to new lyricists?
Let new writers come. The only thing they must remember is that only through hard work, sincerity and luck, one can sustain in the field of cinema.