Javed Akhtar: “It is only greed for money that drives filmmakers to put songs in today’s films”


Famous screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar says that today filmmakers use songs in films as a revenue requirement and not as a narrative tool because they are “embarrassed” by them.

Akhtar, who wrote the lyrics to some of Silsila’s greatest Hindi cinema soundtracks (1981), 1942: A Love Story, Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho to Gully Boy (2019), said the quick narration had a direct impact the songs of a movie.

“The pace of movies has increased, the pace of life has increased, so the pace of music has increased. When the music develops an avant-garde tempo, the world becomes gibberish. A word can only be appreciated, loved and understood where there is an average rhythm, so that people can focus on the word. So the tempo of the music is not in favor of the spoken word ”, Javed Akhtar said PTI.

The 76-year-old writer said what has also changed today is the on-screen melodrama, which has become less desirable.

The filmmakers shy away from sentimentality, and as a result, songs that previously would emphasize emotion have slowly started to fade, he said.
“Today’s directors and writers have gone the other way, and they are touching that like the extremes. They feel that sentimentality and emotion and exclusivity should be cut off. The situation is therefore not emotional enough and the songs cease to be part of the story. “

Akhtar said that the current generation of filmmakers do not know how to use songs in a narrative because they developed under the influence not of Hindi films but of Western cinema.

Even when the songs are incorporated into the narrative, they are put in the background and are used only for “the thirst for money” as music rights generate revenue, the lyricist said.

“They find it embarrassing and embarrassing that someone sings at a party. So the songs went into the background. Why they are (still) there because there is always a demand for music and it is a source of income. That’s why they have songs in the movies, not because they want songs in the movie. It is only the greed for money that drives them to put songs on the photos.

Akhtar said that the attitude of filmmakers, who view songs from films as a “necessary evil”, is reflected when they use a track that has nothing to do with “what’s going on in the foreground.”

In this “pathetic situation,” Akhtar said, it is futile to wait for standard songs turned by pillars like Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Raj Khosla or Vijay Anand.

“So here we go and it’s sad because you know you shouldn’t be embarrassed.”

Akhtar doesn’t advocate that every movie has songs, but the writer said the indigenous style of telling a story through musical pieces has occurred through the ages and has its roots in the earliest of times. texts.

“If you take old Sanskrit plays, there are songs in it, if you take Ram Leela or Krishna Leela, there are songs in it. The Urdu and Parsi theater, which was the urban theater next to the more rural “nautanki”, contained songs.

“Now, why be embarrassed about them?” You should be very embarrassed by Italian opera, then you should be embarrassed by Japanese kabuki. It’s bad and it’s sad that everyone is throwing it away. We can make films where there are no songs, but why should we kill the genre, that’s wrong, ”she added.

On Independence Day, Akhtar will be seen as the headliner of ZEE Live’s India Shayari project. The 90-minute special will air on ZEE5 on August 15.

The writer said that initiatives like the India Shayari Project are relevant because it will not only be a celebration of poetry but also of the country’s freedom.

He noted that the increasing availability of the platforms for the younger generation has resulted in a large following and a following of poetry and poets.

“The young generation, not thanks to us, moreover, found what they lacked in life and they are discovering poetry for themselves.

“The idea behind this initiative is to connect and inspire young poets, who have developed a new metaphor, a new style, a new language, and I am very positive about poetry and its future and the connection between the younger generation and the poets, ”he added. .

The show will also bring together other Indian poets, including Kausar Munir, Kumar Vishwas and Zakir Khan, with the aim of celebrating “shayari” and the spirit of freedom.

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