I have no hassles working with Gautam Menon: Harris Jayaraj

Music director Harris Jayaraj chats with Janane Venkatraman about his music lined up for release, busy schedule and subtle tiffs.

Published: 13th August 2013 12:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2013 12:29 PM   |  A+A-

Every time one hears a Harris Jayaraj album, one can’t help but wonder if the magical duo of Gautam Menon and Harris Jayaraj will ever work together. Even though the split happened with the release of Vaaranam Aayiram, rumours have been doing the rounds that the duo work together again.

“That’s up to him, isn’t it? The whole issue has been completely misinterpreted,” says the ace music composer with a laugh. “We were supposed to work together for Force. But he started work on another movie and we never had the chance. At present, there are no plans, but if something good comes up, why not,” says Harris Jayaraj in a candid chat with City Express.

The man who gave us albums like Minnale and Pachaikili Muthucharam in collaboration with Gautam Menon says that things need to materialise first.

“I accept my films based only on the director’s plans. Once things derail, it’s often complicated and difficult to get back on track. There should be a rapport,” he says.

Even without adding scheduling conflicts and rapport issues into the mix, Harris Jayaraj is a busy man. Music from director Selvaraghavan’s Irandaam Ulagam has just been released but he is already gearing up for the music launch of actor Jiiva’s Endrendum Punnagai. Plus, he is still working on Yaan and Idhu Kadhirvelan Kadhal. “I also have a film with K V Anand coming up....” he chips in. That’s three movies at the same time!

“It’s difficult to manage. But I try to focus on one song at a time. I don’t believe in working parallely,” he says cheerfully. So what does he do in his free time. Does he have one? “No free time at all! Absolutely. Even on Sundays I have to see people – fans who’re here, scriptwriters or I’m  working on lyrics. I’ll be at the studio some Sundays,” he adds.

The Thuppaki composer will also be working with Dhanush in K V Anand’s new movie. Dhanush had earlier sung a song for Harris for Irandaam Ulagam, but this is the first time the composer is scoring music for a Dhanush film.

“I was the one who suggested that Selva rope in Dhanush for a song, because I’ve heard a couple of his performances. He has this energy and a natural flow – he can evolve with the kind of songs he sings, that’s the advantage of an actor who sings, you know,” he says and adds that he is looking forward to collaborating with the Aadukalam actor.

“If Irandaam Ulagam was about two different types of music, K V Anand’s music is about four! There needs to be different songs for different situations – we’ve started with an entirely rustic koothu song, where Dhanush is playing a rowdy, let’s see.”

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