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I’m a visual-driven music composer: Devi Sri Prasad

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI): If a film has good visuals, the music automatically falls into place, says composer Devi Sri Prasad, better known by his initials DSP.
It is only fitting that Prasad, who shot to nationwide fame with last year’s mega success “Pushpa: The Rise”, came to score music for the Hindi sequel of “Drishyam”, which means ‘visual’. For someone who veers towards experimentation, the Abhishek Pathak directorial — a crime thriller — was a step in the right direction, said the 43-year-old composer.
“This is a kind of genre that I haven’t done before. It was experimental songs wise as well. The tracks had to be catchy, but also intense and according to the situation. I was able to understand the depth of the film through the making.
“The director Abhishek Pathak, cinematographer Sudhir K Chaudhary and editor Sandeep Francis did such a great job. Visuals inspire my music. I’m a visual-driven music composer. If you have good visuals and story, the music automatically falls into place,” Prasad told PTI in an interview.
He boarded the Ajay Devgn-starrer at the time when it was already under production. “‘Drishyam 2’ came to me when the film was almost shot. They wanted me to do the background score as well as the songs. Whatever they had shot and edited, they showed that to me. I immediately fell in love with it,” he added.
The first part of “Drishyam”, which was released in 2015, centred on a family of four whose lives turn upside down following an unfortunate incident that happens to their older daughter.
The second installment sees the past come back to haunt the Salgaonkar family as former IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu) returns to avenge her son’s murder with the help of her colleague IG Tarun Ahlawat, played by Akshaye Khanna. Besides the three songs, penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, “Drishyam 2” has separate musical themes for its main characters.
Prasad said he used a solo voice as background score only for Tabu’s character. To add to Khanna’s clever character, he took the help of a single French horn. For Devgn’s protagonist, he used the cello.
“I used instruments that are not widely used nowadays. Like, the cello and a double bass that too as a solo instrument. The main theme of ‘Drishyam 2’ is on the cello.
“But we keep changing the instruments in the score according to the mood of the film. Sometimes, it goes like bells or very orchestral,” he added.
About the background score, the composer said he tried to design the music in a way that the viewer is able to tell which character was on screen even if they closed their eyes.
“The entire background score of the film should have one colour and within that there has to be three different colours for the three characters.”]]Rajkummar Rao’s next film ‘Sri’ goes on floors

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