Phani Kalyan: Until some time back, no one knew him, but now, he became a part of our lives in the form of music on our playlists with the song Neeve/Neeye/Neene. Phani Kalyan is the music director for this trilingual popular dance video song directed by Gomtesh! The young music composer is celebrating his birthday today, and Cinebucket caught him for a conversation where he revealed about his life and his music.
CB: This birthday is very special for you! You’re a celebrity in South now. Do you also feel the same?
(laughs) No! Not at all. But I’m loving the attention and special love coming in. It’s a great feeling.
CB: ‘Neeve’ is a big hit. Did the compliments end?
No! They didn’t end; I get at least 3-4 messages and comments daily about ‘Neeve’, and the shares also haven’t stopped yet. And these comments are my daily dose of motivation.
CB: What is the best compliment you received for ‘Neeve’ so far?
Every compliment is special for me, but I was surprised to see comments coming from people who don’t understand the language! People from USA and Italy are showering me with compliments, and it feels good! A funny comment was that a girl proposed to a guy getting inspired from ‘Neeve’. Another person said, “As soon as I watched ‘Neeve’ I became deaf and blind, started to feel that I am a part of this beautiful nature. That’s what a piece of art makes a person completely lost and found.”
Many film industry personalities from the five South Indian states have shared, acknowledged the video. That itself is a huge compliment for me, and I jumped with joy when SS Rajamouli garu tweeted about my work! All these things give a lot of happiness.
CB: What is your Guru AR Rahman’s reaction for ‘Neeve’?
I emailed him the video song, and he replied saying, “Fantastic” along with best wishes.
CB: What is AR Rahman’s impact on you?
He’s like my user manual of life. His music is the only reason for me to take music as a career.
CB: How do you look at the success of ‘Neeve’?
It indeed boosted my confidence to the next level. ‘Neeve’ success is very humbling to our whole team. Now, I’m looking forward to many more interesting and exciting videos. I’m sure every video will impress the music lovers as much as ‘Neeve’ did.
CB: How is life going now after the super success of ‘Neeve’?
My attitude towards life has changed completely. I became more confident and positive. I am getting to meet different artists and people from the industry.
CB: What is music to you?
Music is the only escape from the mundane life. Music heals, music comforts the soul. Music is everything.
CB: Tell us about your ‘Chandamama’ music video.
‘Chandamama’ is the music video I worked on, after ‘Neeve.’
CB: There must be many Neeve’s in your tune bank. When are you going to bring them all?.
Very soon. I am currently working on a new music video.
CB: Are you ready to work with ‘Youtube’ talents?
Yes. Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach me.
CB: Success is followed by movie offers in the film industry. Has any approached you after ‘Neeve’?
Yes, many did. I have signed two films already but will reveal the complete details once the producers make it official.
CB: Tell us about the support you received from social media users.
The only big support is from social media. Many online portals and Facebook pages wrote articles and helped the song reach the wider audience. My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who shared and cared.
CB: Are you going to continue working for music videos?
Yes. My plan is to release a new music video every month apart from making music for movies.
CB: Here’s wishing you a happy birthday and all the best for the future works!
Thank You. 🙂
How To Reach Phani Kalyan
Any aspiring directors, cinematographers who have some out of the box ideas for music videos and want to collaborate can reach Phani Kalyan on [email protected]