Composer Amaal Malik says music directors are not taken seriously. And he’s neither scared of anyone nor does he regret his recent Facebook post, complaining that (most) film directors are not strong enough to back their music directors.
The 22-year-old accused them of giving in to the demands of producers or record labels, and forcing composers to make songs on the lines of a hit track, instead of creating tunes that go with the script.
“Barring a few like (AR) Rahman sir, who can dictate their terms, it happens with every music director,” says Malik, whose post also mentioned: “Every love song today sounds like Aashiqui 2, every wedding song a Chittiyaṅ Kalaiyaan, every club song a Chaar Baj Gaye or Subah Hone Na De, or a Sooraj Dooba Hain or a Chull.”
“You cannot expect any composer to make a song similar to a hit that already exists. Every song has a shelf life. A song in a film needs to be composed along the lines of the film. It can’t be composed because a producer says ‘Mujhe Sooraj Dooba Hain jaisa dance number chaihiye’ ... Earlier, there were only a handful of composers. If they said no to a song, a producer would be left with no one. But now, producers are confident koi toh maan hi jaega,” says the composer, who has given music for hit songs such as Sooraj Dooba Hai, Main Hoon Hero Tera and Tumhe Apne Banane Ki.
Malik, who has composed the music for the upcoming film on MS Dhoni’s life thinks only (director) Neeraj Pandey stands up for his composers. “Neeraj Pandey was probably the only who backed me and let me do my thing along the script. We created 27 songs, out of which we selected seven. He rejected songs by saying, ‘Yeh gaana super hit hai, par meri film mein nahi chalega.’ That’s the kind of guts I am talking about in a director,” he says.
Although he is happy that his colleagues from the industry have shared and liked his post, Malik doesn’t think anyone will agree with him. “I think they are all too scared of how producers and labels will react, if they say they agree with me and do this more vocally. That’s fine. I can understand the fears. But I wanted to say it because frankly I am fed up and I wish this stops sometime in future,” he says.