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You say you are choosy in your projects, but you also go in for populist songs. Why so?

Different people need different songs. I want to go down to the people at various levels. When I toured Tamil Nadu, I found that people wanted songs that would make them happy. There is nothing vulgar in my songs. I want my music to reach everywhere. If I play rock, only youngsters will understand, while older people will say, "Why is he shouting like this?" Each category of music reaches only one circle; for the class audience "Thiruda Thiruda" and for the masses "Gentleman". I am learning Carnatic classical music from Dakshinamurthy since I am only versed in Hindustani and don't know even a little of Carnatic. I like traditional music. I want my job to be interesting and fun. I just don't want to get stuck again in monotony.

Are you being repetitive in your musical style?

In recent times I've done films with a similar outlook. These films are aimed at the young generation and therefore have to be beat oriented. Yet I've tried for a distinct sound every time. After Bombay I haven't got stuck in the hip-hop groove. What I did for Rangeela and Indian were zestful and fast paced but quite unlike Bombay. As for the gentler paced songs of 'Kadhal Desam' if you care to notice they are rooted in melody.

What are your views on the Indian film music scene today?

Its going through a cyclical process. The techno stuff has reached a saturation point. Soon we'll be back to simple and soulful melodies. When you here the songs of 'Aanandam' you'll see I've used an acoustic rather than an electronic base on three of the songs.

How does it feel to be on the top (of the film music industry)?

I don't really think I'm at the top. Basically I came into this field not intrude on anybody else's success.

What music do you like?

Bach, Beethoven and Mozart and hindustani music. I was into rock and fusion. I like to bring all these into my music.

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