Here to Stay: Filmmakers Hire Multiple Music Composers for One Movie | Bollywood

Back then, Bollywood filmmakers usually used a musical director to work on a project. Famous composers like RD Burman, Shankar Jaikishan, and Jatin Lalit, among several others, were known to generate soundtracks filled with hit songs. But now that trend seems to have been forgotten for good.

Trust issues
The last few years have seen a steady increase in the number of filmmakers, who prefer to rely on the services of multiple music directors for a film’s album. Films like Aashiqui 2 (2013) and Roy (2015), and more recent films like Ki & Kaa, Kapoor & Sons and Azhar have all had multiple musical directors. By the way, they all also delivered commendable albums. Even the music for several upcoming movies, like Housefull 3, Rustom, and Cabaret, was composed by multiple music directors.

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Amaal Mallik, who reviewed hit tracks “Kar gayi Chull” (for Kapoor & Sons) and popular dance number “Sooraj duba hai etc” (for Roy), thinks the number is safe. “Today, producers are no longer sure to entrust a single composer with the music for an entire film,” he says.

Amaal Mallik and Pritam composed the music for Azhar.

Variety is good
While some industry insiders believe it’s more economical for Bollywood filmmakers to hire several up-and-coming music directors rather than one established artist, business expert Taran Adarsh ​​disagrees. “Money is not a problem. In fact, the amount of money spent on making the music and filming the videos has increased over the past few years,” says Adarsh, adding, “Several music directors add a different flavor to the movie soundtrack.

Producer and music label owner Bhushan Kumar believes that this new trend only took shape after the success of Aashiqui 2. Music for Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer was composed by Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari. It became a huge hit.

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A platform for beginners
“A lot of people, like me, make multiple films simultaneously. They can’t wait for one director to sit down and create six hit songs. The process takes a lot of time and commitment,” says Kumar. He reveals that many major banners that previously hired one music director per film, have also started to follow this new trend. “It not only improves the quality [of a soundtrack], but it also allows new talent to showcase their work. New people also bring new and different perspectives,” he adds.

Ankit, Meet Bros, Anjjan and Amaal Mallik composed music for Roy.

Point of mismatch
While most musicians have no preference and are happy to work with a variety of directors, there are a few who yearn to work on an entire album on their own. Tanishk Bagchi, who has composed popular songs like “Bolna” (for Kapoor & Sons) and “Fake ishq” (for Housefull 3), says, “I don’t like to compose one or two songs. But there’s a lot of competition, and that makes it difficult for artists to get an entire movie soundtrack.

He thinks albums that have been put together by multiple directors also tend to sound disjointed. “With multiple musical directors working on a movie, not all the songs sound like they’re part of the same pack. Then, to top it off, each song has to be a commercial hit song. Ultimately, producers only seek out hit songs and approach each music director, hoping they’ll strike gold with one of them.

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