Mollywood actor Neeraj Madhav has taken the beat route to remain upbeat amid the lockdown blues. He lately posted on social media a video of him singing a rap quantity in Malayalam, ‘Oru Kadha Parayam’, that he had written to a free beat downloaded from the Internet. “‘Oru Kadha Parayam’, which is technically in mixtape style as the beats are borrowed, was written in two hours or so,” says the dancer-turned-actor, who featured within the Bollywood net collection The Family Man final 12 months.
The song video, which has gone viral, reveals Neeraj in a round-neck black T and a snapback cap worn backwards in true hip hop fashion, crooning the verses and gently grooving to the rhythm. “The video was shot on phone at my residence in Kozhikode (in Kerala). I had the beats played loudly on speakers in the background. There was no mixing or mastering,” he says, including that the two-and-a-half-minute sequence was captured in a single take. Of course, Neeraj, who was final seen in Mollywood in Gauthamante Radham, needed to be taught all the lyrics by coronary heart.
Neeraj says he determined to present a go at a rap song after beginning to really feel a tad stressed just a few weeks into the lockdown. “I felt the need to pen something creative. However, I wasn’t really in a mood to attempt a full-fledged script or anything since whatever is going around (Covid-19) is truly concerning. I was looking at something compact and effective,” he says.
Music, for him, is “a comfort zone” and, this time, served as a tailored medium to present “vent” to his pent-up vitality. “When you feel low, find your own way… listen to your inner voice and find your own inspiration. That’s the generic message I intended to convey through the lyrics,” says Neeraj, itemizing the likes of Lil Wayne, Eminem, Logic, Kendrick Lamar and Busta Rhymes as some his favorite Western rappers.
The actor feels that rap and hop hip as genres are gaining reputation in India, particularly after the popularity of the Ranveer Singh-starrer Bollywood musical drama Gully Boy final 12 months that revolved across the story of a road rapper. “Personally, rap is a genre of music I strike a vibe with. Perhaps, because I learnt how to play chenda when I was young since both are primarily based on beats. I find it uplifting,” he explains.
On the massive screen-front, Neeraj is awaiting the discharge of Ka, directed by Rajeeshlal Vamsha, by which he performs the lead.