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Watch: March 2017 Cover Shoot feat. Pritam

Bollywood's most controversial composer appears on the cover of our 9th anniversary special issue


Turns out Bollywood’s busiest and most successful music composer is also its goofiest. Laughing between shots, Pritam is utterly fun to work with as he shoots his first cover with ROLLING STONE India. Considered Bollywood’s go-to person for guaranteed hits, Pritam has composed for over 100 films in his 15 year-long career. He is also responsible for causing a sonic upheaval of sorts in the early Noughties that saw the emergence of a unique, youthful mainstream-meets-cool sound of Bollywood.

While the composer might be the reigning king of Bollywood music today, it’s not been an easy road to the crown. During his early years, accusations of plagiarism plunged the producer into a bucket of controversy, dragging his name into ridicule for years to come and casting a shadow that lingers upon him even today amongst internet trolls. The composer addresses all of these things and much more in our insightful cover story, which also features inputs from industry bigwigs Amit Trivedi, Ehsaan Noorani and Sajid Ali.


Pritam photographed exclusively for ROLLING STONE India by Prabhat Shetty
Art Director: Amit Naik
Fashion Director: Kushal Parmanand
Stylist: Neelangana Vasudeva
Hair: Team Hakim’s Aalim
Make up: Laxmikanta Vaishnav
Video: Hema Limbachiya

Jacket and Shoes by United Colors of Benetton;
T-shirt by Tommy Hilfiger
Denim jacket by LEVI’S
Knit by G-STAR RAW
Striped jacket by LEVI’S



"Down Baby Down" by Aerate Sound ft. Smokey the Ghost

  • March 23rd, 2017 Agam in Bengaluru at Hard Rock Cafe
  • March 23rd, 2017 Divine + Raja Kumari in Mumbai at AntiSocial
  • March 23rd, 2017 Outrage Festival presents Undying Inc., Underside in Hyderabad at The Other Side
  • March 23rd, 2017 Diarchy, Twisted Paradox, Cat Kamikazee in Mumbai at Summerhouse Cafe
  • March 23rd, 2017 Anand Bhaskar Collective in Mumbai at Hard Rock Cafe (Worli)

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