Quality of music getting poor: Anand-Milind

May 19, 2012 Amit K. Lal

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Veteran composer duo Anand-Milind, who have made a comeback after six years with the music of the movie "Yeh Khula Aasmaan", feel the quality of music in the industry is deteriorating.

"The quality of music in the industry is going down. I'm not generalising it, but the number of good songs is decreasing with time," Milind Srivastva told IANS in an interview.

"However, if we look at the larger picture, I feel the quality of music doesn't have sustaining power. Today's songs have a very short life. If you pick music from the 1960s or 1970s, songs used to remain hit for a longer duration," he added.

The popular duo, who have composed melodious music for over 250 Bollywood films, including superhits like "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak", "Anjaam", "Dil", "Bol Radha Bol" and "Beta", feel the quality of music gets affected when there's lot of interference from filmmakers.

"The quality of music is going down because of other reasons. Nowadays, the director and producer picks up a song. That becomes a problem and that's where quality of the music or songs goes down," said Anand.

"Composing is a specialised job. Two decades back there was no interference in the departments and directors used to give a situation rather than picking up the songs," he added.

According to Anand, if the movie gets bad reviews, it's the musicians and lyricist who are held responsible.

"Musicians and lyricists are blamed for failure of the movie. Producers and directors are second faces when it comes to a flop movie," he said.

The talented pair, who provided innumerable hits for many established actors like Rishi Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, feel people are not taking melody and lyrics seriously anymore.

"The trend in the music is changing. Very few people use acoustic instruments, it's an age of technology and computers. People are not taking melody and lyrics seriously," they said.

The four-time Filmfare award-winners detest the concept of double-meaning songs.

"I don't like the concept of double-meaning songs. Even we got a few offers, but we avoid doing them. I don't find them healthy. I don't like them," Milind said.

Meanwhile, Anand feels piracy is killing the country's music industry.

"Piracy is one major problem in our country. It is affecting especially our music world," he said.

"In today's world, if you go to any retail music stores or shop, you will find people only buying old music. For the new and latest music, they don't go to any shop. They download it through internet," he added.

Their music album for "Yeh Khula Aasmaan", releasing May 25, has four original tracks, depicting different moods of the movie. It features a romantic and theme-based number, and also has a lullaby.

"The lullaby 'Aari Aari' is very close to my heart, though I like 'Har Ghadi' also," Anand added.

The film revolves around a challenging phase of an IIT-aspirant, who faces academic failure. It also highlights family problems and how to bridge the generation gap. It is helmed by first-time director Gitanjali Sinha.

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