Ae Dil Hai Mushkil might be in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Karan Johar film is under fire facing several boycotts across the nation for featuring an actor from Pakistan. However, here is a breather of sorts.
Despite the film landing itself in troubled waters, its music has been embraced positively by all and sundry. But we bet you didn’t know that the film’s sound design is done by Assam’s very own Dhrubajyoti Phukan (or DJ Phukan).
Dhrubajyoti Phukan was born on June 17, 1964 in Dibrugarh, Assam. Having graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Assam Engineering College, Phukan worked for two years as a Project Engineer at Ducons, a local engineering firm in Guwahati. He also did a year-long stint as a lecturer at the Assam Engineering Institute.
Music was a hobby that developed into a passion and then a profession for Phukan. He began his career in music in the year 1989 as a session musician and musical arranger in Guwahati. He assisted Bhupen Uzir, an eminent music director from and this laid the bedrock for his music career.
His Bollywood journey started with music director Anand Raj Anand. His highly creative efforts quickly won him the tag of DJ Phukan. He attained widespread recognition in particular for his tracks Mahi ve and Ishq Samundar for the 2002 film Kaante. Since then he hasn’t looked back. Phukan has also worked with almost all of B-town’s renowned music directors like Pritam, Jeet Ganguly, Ankit Tiwari, Nadeem-Shravan, Meet Bros, Anand Raj Anand and many more. It is to be noted that Phukan works as the chief of Pritam’s Music Production/Arrangement team.
Awards & Recognitions
In 2012, the music arranger won the National Award as the best Music Director for the short Hindi film, Panchakki. Phukan also composed music for Jahnu Barua’s Baandhon and Ajeyo, both of which also won National Award for the Best Feature Film in Assamese.