Chakravarthy, popularly known as Sri, is a known celebrity for
most of Telugu movie lovers. He is the son of Sri Chakravarthy
(Music director). Idlebrain.com met the handsome and creative
music director 'Sri' at Sabdalaya Studios in Hyderabad on 24th
December 2000. The seemingly rebel, yet humble, music director
stopped for a brief break to grant us an interview.
is your first film as a music director?
Police Brothers. Myself and Posani Krishna Murali (writer)
entered the field with the same film. Later on I did films like
Gayam, Money, Money-money, Sindhuram, Ammoru, Anaganaga Oka
Roju, Aavida Maa Aavide, Little Soldiers. I also did music
for director Mouli's films. He has a very good music sense. He
is open to innovative stuff.
did you stop doing music for films?
My mother expired recently. I was deeply hurt and greatly shaken
up with that incident. Hence, I stopped doing music. I told people
that the reason was my mother's death. Later on I realized that
what I did was wrong. I was ridiculing my mother by stopping my
work. I started it again. The this Telugu film industry is not
made you feel so disgusting about the film industry?
Here, people do look beyond your work. It's none of their problem
what I do in my personal life. Lots of producers booked me for
their films, but did not pay me money. They used my name to give
publicity that Sri is providing music. But at the end, they avoid
paying me remuneration. Lots of people say that AR Rehman gets
up from sleep at 3 pm (afternoon) everyday. Is this an important
issue to you? What matters to the producer/director is output,
but not how the music director delivers the output.
does a director/producer explain you to score music? Does he tell
you the scene and guide you?
They, actually, do not know what they want. Let it be crude, these
senseless people don't know what they want and at the same time
they want something. Let them tell me what they want! I will put
my heart, soul and brain into it and deliver it. Most of the songs
have the hero and heroine dancing around the trees with 40 junior
artists. Do you need a scene or mood for that song?
me give you an analogy! If I score the song 'Snehituda snehituda
.' (Sakhi) and give it in Telugu, will anybody
accept? I want that kind of setup where the producer/director
encourages me to make the songs of that kind. If I score music
for top stars like Chiranjeevi, Bala Krishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh,
the credit will go to the heroes only. Not to the music director.
Lets take the album 'Annayya' by Chiranjeevi. People see
Chiranjeevi's face on the cover and buy the album. It does not
matter for them about who scored the music. Take the example of
Sakhi. People buy it for AR Rehman. That's the kind of command
AR Rehman has on the market. I would like to be the music director
of 'Sakhi' than the music director of 'Annayya'.
is the response for your private album 'Hai Rabba' with
It was a concrete effort. I would not call it a massive success.
I would call it as a moderate success considering the state we
are in. Telugu people are not geared up for Telugu private albums.
But this album reached the public.
I am doing another album with Smita as the singer with the same
combination. It would be released soon!
you working for any Telugu films now?
heard that you are scoring a song for Anji?
have done my song for Anji three years back (it was pictured on
Chiranjeevi & Ramya Krishna at Golkonda Fort). I was supposed
to be the music director for the entire film at that time. Later
on, the script changed and the director was replaced. The producer
(Shyam Prasad Reddy) might have had own problems. All his past
films like Talambralu, Aahuti, Ankusam, Agraham and Ammoru
were offbeat films. They were not musical oriented. Anji
is a the first musical fantasy film with hi-fi graphics for Shyam.
May be, he became tentative with my music, as the magnitude of
the film is too big. But he is a terrific producer. I am not talking
about the money he is investing. I am talking about his passion
for work. He is a perfectionist. He knows what he wants and keeps
on doing it till he gets satisfied. Unfortunately, people mistook
him as a producer who keeps on dragging his production. Nobody
puts in efforts in to the production with this amount of passion.
With Chiranjeevi's call sheets, he could have made two films by
now. But he is not after money. He is like me. He wants name.
That's the bloody hiccup.
is your future plan?
will be leaving to US soon. I will make my album there. It costs
me 10 lakhs. But we need to spend double the amount in terms of
the publicity and promotion to reach the public. I don't think
AR Rehman and Colonial Cousins have planned it to cut the international
album. It just happens. AR Rehman would not have dreamt that his
'Roja' music would become such a rage. If 'Roja'
were not a big hit, AR Rehman would have remained like me, who
was supposed to go to every producer and satisfy his ego.
do the good songs come out of a music director?
need to give the music director more freedom in scoring the music.
They ruthlessly reject good and sensible tunes. I remember reading
the interview of 'Lakshmikant Pyarelal' when I was in my teens.
An interviewer asked him what would have been the fate of the
film if 'Ek Do Teen' song were not there in 'Tezaab'.
Then Laxmikant answered the interviewer that he offered 100 tunes
to N Chandra. The greatness lies in the director as he accepted
this 'Ek Do Teen'. This shows that N Chandra (director)
knows what he wants. Unfortunately, I am dealing with people who
do not know what they want.
there are good music oriented producers like Ravi Kishore (Sravanthi
Arts) and Murari (Yuva Chitra).
Ravi Kishore and Murari are wonderful producers. They give lot
of freedom to the music directors. We give the producers music
thinking that those tunes would click. Other producers also should
give us some creative space.
much time will you take to compose a tune?
need to get the right mood at the right time to compose a tune.
It may take seconds or days.
is your favorite tune done by you?
can't answer this question. I love each and every song of mine.
Each song done by me is like my baby.
are the best directors you worked with?
it is none but Ram Gopal Varma, who extracted good work from me
for Gayam, Money, Money-Money and Anaganaga Oka Roju.
I would like to make a special mention about Ganga Raju, the director
of 'Little Soldiers'. Krishna Vamsi stands apart. I love
him because he knows how to extract the work from the music directors.
I would also like to make a special mention of Jayabheri Kishore.
He is a wonderful person. He haunted me till the tunes were approved.
Once the tunes were approved, he gave me terrific freedom. The
result is 'Aavida Maa Aavide' music.
the example of a prostitute. She takes money for the service she
provides. Given a chance, she would also like to be pampered by
the people. We, the music directors, too work with many producers
and directors. Pampering makes us feel more important. We tend
to give the best to the people who pamper us. Ram Gopal Varma
has that quality of pampering technicians. Everybody thinks that
Ramu is a haughty person. He is a wonderful human being. He is
meticulous. He is manipulative. He is a businessman. But at the
same time, he knows how to treat the artists and technicians.
Music scoring is an art and you need to have highly imaginative
skills. I can't dance like Chiranjeevi or Nagarjuna. But I should
think that I am dancing like them and then I have to imagine what
song would I sing.
did you earn the tag of Rebel?
People think that I am a rebel. They think that I don't need to
do any films as Mr. Chakravarthy (my father) has earned lot of
money for us. Nobody is approaching me and believing in my talents.
I am not that kind of guy who runs from pillar to post asking
film chances. I have seen lots of music directors who went to
each and every office begging for films and what their positions
are today. The profession of a music director is not a bonded
labor. It's not slavery. It's a creative job. The other person
I love in this industry is Nagarjuna. I call him Chinna Babu.
He has no airs. I guess, other heroes can be like that. We are
not supposed to smoke in front of the other director/producer/hero.
you bidding adieu to Telugu films?
not a goodbye. Nobody is there to give me films. As I told you,
producers follow hearsay and decide that I am arrogant. They avoid
me without even trying to know what i can do. A person can be
arrogant by his basic nature, his speech or his character. But
he can never be arrogant by his music. By listening to the songs
of any film, can a listener tell that music is arrogant?
us about your educational background?
did my BE in Industrial and production engineering from Manipal.
I am happily married man with a son (Rajesh Chakravarthy). I named
my son after the name of my brother Late Rajesh Chakravathy.