Justalkin Ep 17: Music directors who were 'inspired' a bit too much
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke: On this episode of Justalkin' we will take a quick look at music directors who were "inspired" a bit too much. Justalkin' to say that these guys were justealin'. Genius may be 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, but these dudes had lightbulb moments that flipped Edison's ratio on its head.
When not showing us all how nasal nasal can be, Anu has been actively showing us an active tendency to be easily inspired. He can't help it - it's a disease and one only hopes he's taking a pill for it. From the Godfather theme (Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya) to Beethoven to Abba to KISS, Anu has left no musical cornerstone unturned.
While everyone in this family is doing their bit to live up to the 'Roshan' in their names, Rajesh has been more than'inspired' by international artists, Vangelis in particular and probably hoped that that fact wouldn't come to light! But a Bollywood ' cotton eye Joe' is a bit much, no?
There are good thieves and there are bad thieves. RD was the Robin Hood of thieves. Be "inspired," but use your loot to (whatever musical analogy there is to helping the poor). Speaking of loot, Mehbooba Mehbooba? Direct loot from Demis Roussoss's Say You Love Me. Aur kitney aadmi thhe? Bahut saare.
So everyone is running to Hollywood and picking chart toppers and adapting them to Bollywood? No problem, there's plenty of music in Asia that India probably hasn't heard. Only one little problem though, we live in the Times of the internet. Perhaps a fact Pritam should've considered. But then again, that hasn't stopped us from loving his songs and dedicating them to our special someones. So really, who am I to say anything!
Picture this. A Nigerian-born Swedish artist is sitting in his studio, coming up with a tune and visualizes, wait for it, a lovely lady in a yellow saree, dancing away in the rain! Impossible? Enter Viju Shah! Now so very possible! That's not the only time he made the impossible, possible.
Love him, hate him! But you just can't ignore him. Not when every auto, every disco, every party belted out his ' learn by rote' kind of songs. But even his nasal repetitive renditions couldn't numb our brains enough to not notice the uncanny similarity in his tunes and well, some very popular tunes
A R Rahman
At the risk of being struck down by lightning for speaking against the Mozart of Madras, we've picked a few songs of his that are, well, inspired after all.
Quality over quantity could be the mantra for some composers. We understand that churning out tune after tune might lead to monotony and what not and so maybe, just maybe you'll look for inspiration (read lifting tunes). But come on, if you're composing for a handful of films, one would hope you'd come up with something original, right? Or maybe not! While his music might have taken you to a calm, happy place every now and then, turns out he was just the middleman making his cut and not the driver!
He gave us gems like 'ae dil hai mushkil' and' yeh hai Bombay Meri jaan.' Technically, that's a true statement. But did he really create them? Now that's a question, we've answered.