Shantanu Moitra is a music composer in Bollywood. He rose to popularity with films like ‘
Parineeta’(2005) for which he received Filmfare R.D. Burman Award. After the success of ‘Parineeta’, his association with filmmaker
Vidhu Vinod Chopra was path-breaking one. He followed it up with Lage Raho Munnabhai’, ‘
3 Idiots’ and ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard' and '
PK'. He has also composed music for Shoojit Sircar’s two films ‘
Shoebite’ and ‘Madras Café’. While ‘Shoebite’ remains an unreleased film still, ‘Madras Café’ got released.
After Parineeta Shantanu scored music for a Bengali film ‘Antaheen’. But the film released very late in 2009. Moitra started his career at an ad agency where he composed music for advertising jingles. Filmmaker
Pradeep Sarkar, who was the head of the ad agency, asked Moitra to create at the last minute. Soon, Moitra’s famous jingle "Bole mere lips. I love Uncle Chipps" for the chips brand company ‘Uncle Chipps’ became hummable in every home and this flourished career of both Pradeep Sarkar and Moitra. Later, Shantanu composed many jingles for Pradeep Sarkar. Soon, he composed Indipop albums and private albums. During this time, noted singer Shuba Mudgal sang the song ‘Sapna Dekha Hai Maine’ and
Prasoon Joshi was the lyricist of the song.
Shantanu shifted to Mumbai for search of assignments in movies and he got a break in Sudhir Mishra's movie ‘ Hazaaron Khwaishein’. Earlier, he made his debut in films through ‘
Leela’ (2002) which was an English film directed by Somnath Sen. The film was a flop, but Shantanu’s music was flawless. It was a film made in the United States. However, it was ‘3 Idiots’ that gave him instant success. Songs like ‘Aal Izz Well’,’ Behti Hawa Sa Tha Who’, ‘Jaane Nahin Denge Tujhe’, ‘Give Me Some Sunshine’ and ‘Zoobi Doobi’ are really a milestone in the musical journey of Hindi cinema in recent times.
Following the success of ‘3 Idiots’, Shantanu gave another chartbuster composition in ‘PK’. The music in PK was also very popular with masses. ‘Love Is a Waste of Time" featuring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, was sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, composed by Shantanu Moitra with the lyrics of Amitabh Varma. Again, "Chaar Kadam" was sung by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal, composed by Shantanu Moitra with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire. In the film another two solo songs sung by Shreya Ghoshal named ''Nanga Punga Dost" and "Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu" by Sonu Nigam were equally impressive.
Shantanu had composed background score for films like ‘ Ente’ (Malayalam) and ‘Na Bangaaru Talli’(Telugu) he got the national award for his best background score. He also has given his vocal for films like ‘3 Idiots’ (Behti Hawa Sa Tha Who) and '
Inkaar' (Maula Tu Malik Hai). He has scored music for 3000 advertisements so far and even won a ‘’Bronze Lion’’ in Cannes in the category of best music for a ‘’Happydent’’ white advertisement that gave a message that chewing gums are meant for sparkling teeth.
Shantanu was born in Lucknow on 22 January 1968. Moitra also appears as a judge in many reality musical programme in Kolkata. He is married to Sarada Moitra and has a son Shubham Moitra.