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From Mr India to Saawariya

That Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a stickler for perfection is no secret, and living up to his sky-scraping standards is definitely no mean feat.

With his magnum opus Saawariya, he seems to have found his Rahman in Monty Sharma, who debuts as a music director after consistently rendering the background score for Bhansali's movies, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Black.

Since the music launch of the film, Monty's phone hasn't stopped ringing.

For someone who started off as a keyboardist in Shekhar Kapoor's Mr India, Monty has certainly come a long way. Swati R Chaudhary finds out more about him.

So did you always want to compose?

Music runs in my genes. I started learning (music) at the age of five under the guidance of my grandfather Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma. He trained me in Western and Indian classical music, and also taught me the fine art of fusing the two. He taught me how to use different kinds of ragas and symphonies, how to orchestrate different sounds in different forms of music, in different styles.

I would practice for eight to ten hours everyday. I think a thorough understanding of all the instruments and how they can be put to use makes a complete music director.

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