"I am taking a break. No more working day in and night out on multiple projects at stretch. I feel that that the two month rest that I am taking now is something that I truly deserve."
These are the words coming from a man who already has 5 musical releases to his name in just about 3 months. We are talking about Pritam, who after the release of "Just Married', 'Hat Trick', 'Kya Love Story Hai', 'Life...In A Metro' and 'Raqeeb' has finally put his foot down before taking on any new project.
"I have been doing a lot of work in the last couple of years or so. There have been some projects that have truly been exciting while there have been some which have been done because of friends. Now before my excessive work starts taking toll on the quality I look to deliver, it is better to apply the brakes at just the right time", says Pritam while relaxing in Pune over the weekend.
And how does he plan to say no? One hears that he isn't quite good at doing so. He replies with laughter, "You have heard it right. I have been told by everyone from Gulzar saab to Sanjay (Gadhvi) to Adi (Aditya Chopra) that I should learn how to say no. In fact Sanjay had even suggested me to simply stand in front of mirror and start practising saying 'no'."
Has he been able to perfect the art? After all quality certainly matters even if he continues to come with large quantities of soundtracks?
"You would see a reduction in quantity too over the period of time", he says firmly, "This is why I have started saying no to projects left, right and center. Enough of taking up the projects just because people wish to have you churn out tunes at such a fast and erratic pace."
"Film makers like Adi and Bhatts pamper you so much when you are creating music for them that you start expecting the moon from every film maker", he adds. "Hence when you get similar treatment from others too, you are able to give your best. Otherwise the result shows in the film's soundtracks that tells the tale about the interest level."
"Also, sometimes the project continues to get delayed and the tunes become stale; can't really help much in that case. Tell me, how much one can enhance the music by means of mixing and arranging once the basic tune has been canned for months," he asks.
So what's the plan then? "Finish off the backlog while chilling out at least for a couple of months. That's the agenda", he divulges, "There is some work left for the music I am composing for films by Sanjay Gadhvi and Imtiaz Ali. Also I have to complete tunes for 'Race', 'Goal' and 'Bhool Bhullaiya' which should be done soon. Beyond that until and unless something really striking/noteworthy/exciting comes up in the coming few weeks, I am not willing to take the bait."