Making waves in Kollywood
FAMILY AFFAIR: Musician and composer Shabir Tabare Alam co-producerd Chennai2Singapore, which his brother directed.
Shabir Tabare Alam co-produced Chennai2Singapore, which his brother Abbas Akbar directed.
The 31-year-old musician and composer, who rose to fame as the winner of singing competition Vasantham Star in 2005, is also known for his composition of the Tamil language National Day song Singai Naadu.
He is based in Chennai and has been appointed music director for upcoming Kollywood film Sagaa.
Shabir told TNP in an e-mail interview: "I turned down the offer to act and compose the soundtrack for Chennai2Singapore, to focus on my music career and Kollywood debut.
"Though it was my brother's film, Abbas and I both keep it professional and respect each other's space and decisions."
Shabir said he had to wear his entrepreneur hat as a producer for Chennai2Singapore and code-switch to being a full-fledged music artist for Sagaa.
He wrote the lyrics for seven songs in Sagaa and sang for four of them.
"In most Tamil films, music plays a crucial role. I prefer music over movies, as music is one of the best things that has happened to humanity," he said.
Though his daughters, aged seven and eight, are still learning to cope with moving to Chennai, Shabir said the move was necessary as he needed to capitalise on the growing opportunities for him in Kollywood.
Shabir will perform with his band, The Shabir Ensemble, at the Vasantham Live! Samarpanam concert in the Esplanade Theatre on Nov 18.