On the road to success

On the road to success

World of music

On the road to success

His father, Naresh Sharma, has been one of the most famed background composers in the industry, having scored music for 200-plus movies. True to his background, Mithoon Sharma has carved a name for himself with some of the greatest chartbusters in the recent past.

Mithoon Sharma, who shot to fame with his songs in Anwar, Lamha, Aashiqui 2, and Murder 2, seems to have found his foothold in Bollywood. His songs bear testimony of that: Maula Mere, Madna, Tose Naina Laage Re, Phir Mohabbat, Tum Hi Ho — name a song from the recent past that you have been humming and chances are that it is a Mithoon number.

Since he comes from a musical family, it all started early for him. Recalling his childhood days, the young composer says, “I had a warm and subtle upbringing. I remember going to the recording studio and people there asking me what I would like to become when I grow up. Before I could answer, they said that my father would make me a musician one day. I never realised why they were saying it. Today I do. I realise the kind of respect people had for my father.”

However, his mother was responsible for his first musical training on the keyboard. “I was 11 years old when I started my keyboard training. Six months down the line, my father realised that I was serious about music and that I loved it. Thereafter, every weekend he sat with me and we used to have musical sessions. I had my own ‘studio’ in the balcony of our house,” Mithoon reminisces.

His keyboard came handy when Mithoon started composing for a Pooja Bhatt film. His dad had composed the theme music of Sadak, and Mithoon knew every note by heart since he used to practice it in his ‘studio’. “When I played that theme for Pooja Bhatt, she was pleasantly surprised,” he says with a boyish smile.

Throughout his formal schooling, Mithoon nursed the dream of becoming a concert pianist. He also learned to play from famous jazz pianist Toni Pinto. He admits that getting his first break was not a difficult task, considering his father’s position in the industry. 

“I got my first break when I was 19 years old. I went to meet Mahesh Bhatt after seeking an appointment as Naresh Sharma’s son. He was confident about me and encouraged me a lot. My first work as a composer was for the film Bas Ek Pal, which was critically acclaimed. Then I started doing films like Anwar and Lamha. But it was only after The Train, which was my first commercial hit, that I started getting offers. After that came Murder 2, Jism 2 and Aashiqui 2,” the composer explains.

Talking about his career, Mithoon says, “I am a person who never looks back in life. What matters to me is my creation and whether people appreciate it or not. My music is always based on the film. For example, when I composed Tum Hi Ho, I went with director Mohit Suri’s vision. Whenever I am in doubt, I take help from my father.”

Mithoon has also composed a background score for a Malasiyan film titled Diva. “Doing the background score needs a lot of time so in Hindi films I am yet to start that. Post Aashiqui 2, I have a number of films lined up and I am busy composing music for them,” says Mithoon.

He uses many reality show singers like Mohammad Irffan and Arijit Singh in his songs. Mithoon elaborates saying, “Unlike my dad’s time, people today are much more open to new ideas. So a song’s success does not depend on who has sung ti. You can pick and choose a voice according to the song’s demand.”

So, what are his future plans? “Composing music,” says the singer with a smile. And he has a number of them lined up, including Bambai Fairytale, Bhag Johny, Traffic and Hate Story 2.

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