Composer M.M. Keeravani has found success in Bollywood for decades. From Criminial, Sur and Zakham to the just-released Special 26, the composer has had many hits in Hindi. “I have always been approached for different kinds of albums and I have delivered to their liking,” says Keeravani.
“I can’t approach filmmakers; those who have approached me demanded something soft and refreshing. Even director Neeraj Pandey insisted on a particular style (for Special 26) and we are going to do another film soon,” he adds.
He says that there’s not much difference in composing for Telugu or Hindi films. “May be in the ’50s and ’60s there was a big difference between the two languages, but now the compositions sound similar, so there’s no need for the extra effort.”
Keeravani is the brother of writer-director Vijayendraprasad, director Rajamouli’s father. And the uncle-nephew duo has been working from the beginning and given hits like Student No.1, Sye, Chatrapathi, Maryada-rammana, Maghadeera and Eega. Talking about Rajamouli, the proud uncle says, “I have seen him as a normal kid and then as a youngster with a spark. Now he is a towering filmmaker. Cinema is his work and vice too and this has helped him scale unprecedented heights.”
He adds that Rajamouli gives enough freedom to his technicians to extract the best. And now that the nephew–uncle duo has delivered hits there’s pressure on the two to always deliver the goods. “I would call it a responsibility instead of pressure, because it’s normal for people to raise the bar in our line of work,” he said. He is also composing music for Rajamouli’s Bahubali. “We will begin to discuss music once Rajamouli has finished the script; I am also eagerly waiting for it,” says the composer, who reveals that he has cut down on work these days so that he can spend time with his family.