Even the harshest protesters would agree that the background score in Padmaavat has added an extra dimension to the lavish costume.The theme music is so richly layered and emotive it reminds us of the enigmatic enchanting sounds Maurice Jarre created for the cinema of David Lean.
The young man responsible for creating the aural aura of ambrosial spectacle is just 30.
Sanchit Balhara was born in Rohtak, Haryana on 1st October 1988. He was born in a family with music/films background. With his father Bhal Singh Balhara, a renowned singer, actor and film maker in Haryanvi films Industry and his mother Mukta Chaudhary, a national level Athlete, it was clear from an early age about his future interest. Sanchit also has an elder brother, who is a composer himself too along with being an actor and a singer.
Says Sanchit, “I am blessed to have worked with a filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali in my first two films. I made my debut as a music composer in Bhansali Sir’s BajiraoMastani. And now I’ve got a chance to score the background music again in Padmaavat.”
Sanchit’s Level 2 is of course scoring songs because in Indian cinema the importance of the background score remains yet undermined. Sanchit hopes to change that.
Sanchit’s initial interest was to become a tennis professional. He began playing tennis at the age of 9. In his journey as a tennis player, he got trained at National Tennis Academy inGurugram and Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, New Delhi. He won many tournaments and also played at international level tournaments. He also won several gold medals for his university during tennis days. But because of a knee injury, he had to quit tennis which also made him take music more seriously. Very soon, Sanchit started taking professional piano/composing lessons and later in late 2000s went to London to study music. After completing his classical music education through Trinity college London, he later when to study post graduation diploma in music composing and music production at Point Blank, London. In his days at Point Blank College, he studied under teachers like PhilRamacon(grammy winner) and Ian Rossiter(grammy nominee) He calls his experience at Point Blank one of the best ones of his life.
Post his studies and a few working months as a composer, Sanchit returned to India in 2013. Considering he always wanted to be a music composer, he right away moved to Mumbai and started working as music composer in ad films and commercials.
In mid 2013, Sanchit had a life changing moment where he met film composer MontySharma, who was looking to collaborate with a music producer for his upcoming project Ram-Leela. Sanchit thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration for three movies(Ram-Leela, Singh Saab the Great and Rege) with Monty Sharma. After that, he collaborated with composer Sandesh Shandilya for many film projects before reaching out to SLB productions showing interest as a Film score composer for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. This was a life changing moment for Sanchit, where he put all his efforts to prove worthy for the decision. Sanchit’s work in Bajirao Mastani was highly appreciated through out the industry and also made him win awards including IIFA,Music Mirchi, GIMA and Zee cine awards.
More awards for Padmaavat?
“Recognition is always welcome and most plausible when you are associated with a genius like Sanjay Leela Bhansali,” says Sanchit humbly.