Talking about how the song took shape, Vineeth tells us, “Alphonse had composed this song and sent it to me during the lockdown asking if I could write the lyrics for it. To base it on parenthood was his idea and he wanted me to write it from a father’s perspective. I told him I would try it and because the tune was ready, I just went with the flow.”
Even while the actor-director says that he “hadn’t put in too much thought” into the lyrics, there would have been some degree of personal attachment, especially with Vineeth relishing the time he spent with his children during the lockdown. “Of course, Alphonse had that personal attachment while he was composing, me while I was writing and recording,” he says.
On recording the track and the visuals, Vineeth says, “The song was recorded during the lockdown too. There was no chance to go to a studio here in Chennai and so, I heard the tune on one phone and recorded the song on another, to send it to Alphonse. The videos I had given Alphonse were the personal ones we (wife Divya and I) had taken earlier. It’s tough to get both my kids to stay still for a video. Chackochettan, Sharaf and others had sung the lyrics for their portions; I guess they were more helpful to Alphonse for making the music video.”
Incidentally, Vineeth and Alphonse have collaborated several times before, but “my association with Alphonse has been different every time,” says the Hridayam director. “Alphonse had first narrated the script of his short film Eli while we were eating at a place in Nungambakkam, Chennai; I found that interesting and that’s how I told him I would produce it. So, it started out as me producing his film. After that, he had edited the trailer of my film Thattathin Marayathu. Then I was at the switch-on ceremony for his directorial Neram. For Premam, I had sung a track and now I have written the lyrics for his composition,” says Vineeth.
Even though Alphonse has just released his first composition, ask Vineeth how he rates the Premam filmmaker as a music director and he says, “He approaches everything with all his heart. Alphonse says that he is someone who is trying to learn music. As an editor and director, he is someone from a totally different stream, exploring music solely based on his passion to compose for his movie. All his films too are purely passion-driven and as an artiste you feel a lot of respect for him. We should always push the boundaries and he’s someone who has been continually doing that.”
So, will Vineeth be singing in Alphonse’s directorial Paattu too? “If he asks me, I will,” he says.