“Karnishe bhul obela bokul, Thako chuye ekul-okul, Thako chuye shohure batash, Chuye thako niyon akaash...Ahare Jibon Aha Jibon, Jole bhasa poddo jemon...”
Sung by Chirkutt, one of Bangladesh’s prominent fusion bands, for Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's infamous film, “Doob: No Bed of Roses,” “Ahare Jibon” has turned out to be more than just a playback number.
Since the track's release on Youtube, “Ahare Jibon” has won its audience’s hearts with its melancholic lyrics and poignant tune. The track has certainly added an extra dimension to the anticipated and speculated film.
The Dhaka Tribune's Showtime has recently got in touch with Sharmin Sumi, the versatile vocalist of the widely popular band, and talked about the story behind the creation of “Ahare Jibon,” working with filmmakers and Chirkutt's upcoming ventures, among other things.
How are people responding to “Ahare Jibon?”
As artists, we always want to create something unforgettable, something that can win over time. I think “Ahare Jibon” is that sort of work for us. At least, the numerous messages and wide appreciation from the audience are making us feel over the moon. I feel that this song will live on in the listeners' hearts for a long time.
During a time when people’s concentration are most scattered, it is amazing that a “slow” song like this is actually winning over people's mind and is being widely accepted.
How's your experience working with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki?
As you know, we've worked with Farooki bhai before on “Television” and “Piprabidya.” I love working with him because he's a perfectionist. For “Ahare Jibon,” Farooki bhai didn't just us brief and leave. Rather, he sat through the whole session when we worked on the song and guided us accordingly, until he got what he wanted from us.
How did you come up with the lyrics for “Ahare Jibon?”
The song has several parts in it and surprisingly, it took me three to four months to complete the whole piece. It is actually quite unbelievable and people often laugh when I tell them this, but it's the truth. Lines came to me when I was on road, working, singing or just walking back home, which I wrote and sent to Farooki bhai.
We've even composed the tune in the presence of Farooki bhai. One important fact about the song is that it was recorded with a live orchestra. I don't know whether there's has been any other Bangla song that recorded this way, but we eventually did it in Mumbai.
What's the secret behind your creative chemistry with filmmakers?
When composing music, we don't think about the popularity we would receive, but what we, as Chikutt, are satisfied with. If we like it, I believe, our audience will like it too.
No matter which director we work with, we somehow manage to meet their demands. Animesh Aich wanted a romantic song for “Voyangkor Sundar,” we made it. Farooki bhai wanted a song about life, about the melancholic beauty of it and yet, we managed to give him what he wanted. I think we can do this because we can connect with the filmmakers and know what they actually want.
What are you cooking for your listeners right now?
Our works for “Udhao” is done. We are looking forward to this December or January to release our album. We are planning to hold a grandiose ceremony to hand out the album to our listeners, so that's why the delay.
As a band, we rarely cover songs. Amidst a scarcity of original Bangla songs, Chirkutt is committed to provide our audience something fresh and new and we'll keep doing so.
Recently, we have completed the playback for a film titled “Asmani.” Four other singers have also sung numbers for the Shakhawat Hossain directed film, including Momotaz apa, Kolkata's Anwesha and Imran.
There's another song we are composing for another film, which is sort of an experimental work. We'll disclose the details about it later.
Anything to say to the Chirkutt listeners?
During last Eid, we've voiced a track for a TV drama titled” Golden A+.” Like A”hare Jibon,” the track also consisted of philosophical themes, which narrates the psychological turmoil of adolescents, who barely have a say about their own life in our society. However, the song wasn't promoted properly. Otherwise, I believe it would also been appreciated by the audience too.
In recent times, Dhallywood has resurfaced and become more prominently popular among Bangladeshi moviegoers. Following the release of Amitabh Reza Chowdhury's blockbuster crime thriller “Aynabaji,” local film-goers have witnessed a momentous shift, both in the style and storytelling in Dhaka'i films.
With Dipankar Dipon's blockbuster police action thriller, “Dhaka Attack” and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's recently released “Doob: No Bed of Roses” coming out in the same month, cinephiles have once again resumed going to halls and theatres, many of which were about to become abandoned.
As a band, Chrikutt worked on many notable films in the recent past, including “Jalal's Story,” “Television,” “Piprabidya,” “Aynabaji,” and “Ice cream.” The versatile fusion troupe has won the SAARC Film Festival Award in 2016 for the Best Original Score for “Jalal’s Story.”
For the films made in the sub-continent, playback music plays an important role in the business and an overall acceptance among audiences and critics.