Sandalwood gives way to yet another music director Judah Sandhy. He was introduced to Kannada industry with a film Tamisra for which he did the background score. His first stint as a music director -- for songs and background score -- is Badmaash.
All of 27 years, Judah tells City Express that he is rooted in the music world because of his father, Augustin Sandhy. “I grew up listening to his music and it definitely had an influence on me,” says Judah, who started a band as soon as he passed out of college. “The band took me further,” he says.
“When I decided to make music my profession, I set up my own studio. I started working for ads, jingles... and films came my way,” he explains.
According to Judah, Badmaash covers all genres and a range of emotions. Growing up, he was drawn to rock and western music, but when it came to music production, he knew he had to be versatile and cater to all genres. “It became a challenge to direct music for Badmaash,” says Judah
“Going by Akash Srivatsa’s narration, Badmaash is strongly influenced by the character of Lord Rama. So I used a lot of regional instruments. I wanted to add ‘sound’ as a character and worked towards that. I have also tried to do today’s kind of music. Thus the film has a blend of modernism with devotion,” he says.
The album consisting of five songs has an introductory song for the hero, a sad song, two love tracks, one “unplugged” and a climax song. “The introductory song is written by director Chetan of Bahaddur fame and sung by Chandan Shetty. The sad song, written by Yogaraj Bhat, is sung by Vijay Prakash. Raghu Dixit has rendered his voice for the climax song. Shashank Seshagiri and Karthik are the other singers,” he says.
Judah has his hands full, composing music for Vijayaditya directed by Nirbhay Chakravarthy. “I have composed music for Life Super, which is yet to be released. I am also doing music for a couple of Tamil films,” he says.
His violinist father has played solo for most of the songs composed by Hamsalekha.
Judah hopes to be an all rounder. “Listening is how I learnt, I haven’t done professional courses. I did my VIII grade in Trinity school of London, which was through correspondence specialising in western classical,” he says.
“Music is a medium through which a movie reaches a larger audience. When you are making music for people, there is no space for competition. Music is pure emotion,” he says.
With Dhananjay in the lead, Badmaash features Sanchita Shetty as its heroine. The starcast also includes Achyuthkumar, Jahangir, Ramesh Pandit, Ramesh Bhat, Prakash Belawadi and Soorya Vasishta.