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News |  11 Jul 2013 16:23 |  By RnMTeam

Films will have fewer melodies but more composers: Nikhil Kamath

Upcoming romantic-suspense film ‘Kahin Hai Mera Pyar’ has noted music director Nikhil Kamath in charge of the Background music. The film which has a mix of veterans actors Sanjay Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and newcomers Abhishek Sethiya and Sonia Mann also has some of the top singers Shaan, Shreya Ghosal, Kavita Krishnamurty, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Ram Shankar, Tarannum Malik and Suresh Wadkar.

In post production stage now, caught up with Kamath for sneak peek on the film, the music and his observation of the film-music industries.


Can you give a brief storyline on ‘Kahin Hai Mera Pyar’ ?

‘Kahin Hai Mera Pyar’ is one of the most unique films for which i have scored the background for. It’s a beautiful love story of a boy who is a painter and suddenly paints the image of girl whom he imagines in his dreams and in his thought process. How this boy- who is the hero of the film- follows his love.

How has technology changed film music? Has tech based music robbed film music of its soul? Will we ever hear live music again- like we use to?

Technology has positive as well as a negative effect on music. The negative effects are more use of keyboards and electronic instruments and less use of real instruments like flute, sitar, etc. due to this all the songs of all composers sound the same. There is no individual style of orchestration of any individual composer, which was there in the past. The positive effects of technology are are also there, multiple instruments can be dubbed by few people and it is easier to record music today.

What was the brief that you got from the director?

Mahesh Vaijnath Doijode, the director is very clear what he wanted from me in the background score. He wanted a very melodious background score and music- a mixture of Indian and Western music which gels with the film. He wanted every scene to be well orchestrated and done sweetly and tastefully. He has great taste for music and is a clear director, open to suggestions, but also clear about his concept.

As a veteran music director, what changes have you seen in the film industry regarding creation of music.

A lot. The present directors are not very good at motivating composers to give results and that’s why there more than 5 music directors in one film. Composers are under too much pressure, and are much stressed out- it’s become more of an exam to pass a song. The fun of composing has become a little less. Otherwise things are fine, and good music is being produced.

Many critics and fans (also) say the quality of Bollywood music has gone down- in terms of memorable tunes, soulful lyrics. Please comment.

It is true that melody has become less, due to the influence of a western experimentation of music. Producers and directors are after a sound design from the music programmers and they are not bothered about the basic composition and more concerned about the orchestration. So melody always will suffer. More concern should be towards the basic tune and melody of the song, orchestration can always follow next.

Where do you see film music 5 years from now- taking into account, piracy, download, mobileVAS etc?

Film music, 6 years from now will always be there, but there will a lot of changes in the form. There will be multiple composers in films. Also there will more of computer based compositions, because technology will rule. Composers will find it very difficult to establish their individual identities in the field of cinema. Lyrics will also change- poetry will not remain and western music will rule Bollywood.

Anything you’d like to add.

I feel more films like '’Kahin Hai Mera Pyar' which highlight Indian music and Indian sentiments should be made. I salute Mahesh Vaijnath Doijode who has recorded a lovely background score with me. These films will bring in the melodious ‘Indian songs’ to Bollywood.