When This Is Us composer worried his score sounded 'too Indian'
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When This Is Us composer worried his score sounded 'too Indian'

This Is Us is among the most viewed sitcoms in America and after OTT, it became popular in India too.

Shaheen Irani
Aug 06, 2021
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This Is Us is most definitely among the most popular shows on American Television. The sitcom reached audiences worldwide and has been loved by people from all across, especially in India. However, not many would know that the show indeed has an Indian connection in its music composer.

Siddhartha Khosla, who is the composer of This Is Us, once thought that the score of the show was 'too Indian'. According to his own confession on Insider, he asked the creator of the show Dan Fogelman, who also happens to be his friend, whether the soundtrack 'sounded weird'.

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Dan and Siddhartha knew that the soundtrack would sound unique but neither of them imagined it to be deeply rooted from the latter's Indian culture. Revealing about creating the music, Siddhartha said that he is simply using classical Indian instruments and adding effects to them.

The score first appeared in season 1 episode 13. It was right after Kate got emotional remembering her father Jake's funeral. According to Siddhartha, Dan called the music in that episode 'transformative'.

The music composer also revealed that he read the script for the pilot episode of This Is Us and wrote six-and-a-half minutes of music based on the script alone. "I spent two nights recording it," he shared.

While stating that his compositions are also a dedication to Dan, who also lost his mother at an early age, Siddhartha shared that he has also taken inspiration from his own family history. "Had my parents not moved here in the 70s - I know it sounds small, but would I ever have met my wife and had my kids?," he asked.

Interestingly, Dan and Siddhartha were going to work on another show before This Is Us. Having met in freshman year in Los Angeles, right after completing college, the two connected instantly. However, they never collaborated on a project before the series, The Neighbors.

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