Tabu launches Mahendra Kapoor’s grandson Sidhant Kapoor’s first music video

Actress Tabu launched Sidhant Kapoor’s debut single and video, Beparwah, inspired by a Ruskin Bond poem. Photo: Ashwani Shukla

Sidhant Kapoor released Beparwah, a single about slum children and their carefree outlook on life, based on the poem, “Slum Children at Play” by legendary author Ruskin Bond in Mumbai on March 14. Sidhant is the grandson of the late giant playback singer, Mahendra Kapoor, and son to actor and singer Ruhaan Kapoor, who is best known as the hero of Love ’86. The single was launched at the Sahara Star Hotel, Mumbai by actress Tabu. Tabu’s sister Farha had been Ruhaan’s leading lady in Faasle (their common debut) and Love 86 (their first hit). Farha had also done Imaandaar with him.

Sidhant’s parents and family, leading choreographer and debutant video director Paul Marshal and child artistes Tejas Verma, Gunjan Sinha and Somansh Dangwal were also present. Tejas and Gunjan have been winners of the popular dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.

Beparwah is inspired by the work of noted poet Ruskin Bond. His verses had touched Sidhant’s heart and inspired him to compose this song that celebrates the carefree nature of street children. A special audiovisual of Ruskin Bond and Sidhant (the poet is settled in Mussoorie in India) was also seen. To get the rights, Sidhant had met the writer, who not only gave his permission but narrated the poem in the track and made a special appearance in the video. In this song, Sidhant’s voice has the deep tenor of his grandfather’s classic song, Aur nahin bas aur nahin from Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, which the legend has openly declared was his best ever.

Sidhant has left no stone unturned to bring out the essence of the song. He brought The Sunshine Orchestra on board to perform the strings section of his composition. The orchestra is composer A.R. Rahman’s dream project—he has nurtured children from economically-challenged homes to become expert musicians. To mix his track, Sidhant also sought out Platinum Billboard-charting sound engineer, Guy Gabriel, for an international sound. Sidhant also got ace film editor Bunty Nagi on board to edit this video.

Speaking on the occasion, Tabu said, “Music is such a powerful tool for bringing about change. It is heartwarming to see Sidhant continue the family’s musical legacy—I have known the family now for three generations and spent a lot of time with Mahendra Kapoor-saab. First, the poem and now the song really puts things into perspective for everyone. We all need to learn how to stop pitying ourselves in situations and rise above that to see the bigger picture. We are all blessed with the gift of life and we should cherish each moment. Watching Sidhant’s music video was such a moving experience.”

(Tabu herself is learning music from Murtuza Khan, who was also present, and has groomed Sidhant as well. She regretted not being able to spare much time for her music training.)

Sidhant added, “Beparwah is inspired from the carefree mindset of street children, who remain happy and cheerful despite being deprived of the basics many times. On the other hand, even though we are supposedly the privileged ones, we are constantly worried and are not really living our life to the fullest. So we are the ones who need to learn from them. Quoting Ruskin Bond-sir, who has written the poetry that planted this seed in my head, ‘You’ll fuss and fret through life, while they do all the living.’”

Sidhant Kapoor began his professional career at the age of 16. Photo: Ashwani Shukla

Sidhant has been creating music for international projects for over 16 years now. He studied Indian Classical Music under Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla, one of the most prominent teachers of Classical Music, and had the fortune to learn jazz piano from Xavier Fernandes. Sidhant earned his post-graduate degree in music composition at the esteemed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. At his home, thanks to his grandfather and father, the young artiste has been exposed to music from across the world.

Since the age of 16, Sidhant has been writing music for record labels in the UK and the USA. His music has been used by reputable television networks including BBC, MTV, Discovery, ITV1, Sky, and Animal Planet, as well as in films from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Australia, Poland and Switzerland. In addition, his music was used in the critically acclaimed Spanish film Un Espejo En El Cielo, directed by Oscar nominee Iciar Bollain.

Sidhant’s music has also been featured in popular television shows such as Coronation Street, Ms. Marvel, The Good Place, Cruising with Jane McDonald, Awkward, Britain’s Next Top Model, Betty en York, You Me Her and many others. He recently worked with John Ashton Thomas, Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, on a project for a British music company.











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