Songs mostly forcibly included in Bollywood: Swiss musicianNovember 17th, 2008 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 17 (IANS) Moods of the characters determines the music in Bollywood films, and the songs are often forcibly included in the films, probably to meet the demands of the market, said Swiss musician Marcel Vaid Monday said at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival here.”During research for my Indo-Swiss film ‘Tandoori Love’, I noticed that songs in Bollywood films are forcibly included… they are mostly either meaningless or out-of-context,” said Vaid, who has given music for the Swiss film “The Friend”, which was screened here.
“In European films, we don’t have a ‘happy’ song to make the audience aware that a character is ‘happy’. But in Hindi films there is a song for every mood… perhaps this is the demand of the market,” Vaid said.
“Of course there are exceptions. It is at the 14th Kolkata filmfest that I watched actor Nandita Das’ directorial debut film ‘Firaaq’ and trust me I was carried away with the film as well as the music. It’s such a strong film just like European ones, and the music was just apt for the situation - it’s my kind of music!”
However, the musician said Indian films have their own identity that has already made an impact across the world.
“Let aside Switzerland, the uniqueness of Hindi films are making an impact worldwide. While European films are reserved and hard to understand, Indian films are overwhelming, simple, full of colour and joy, and closer to humanity,” Vaid said.
A jazz-guitarist himself, Vaid claims that though born and brought up in Switzerland, he is half-Indian.
“My father was the president of the Indian community in Switzerland. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. he took me to watch Indian films with hundreds of community-members. I was addicted to Hindi films since childhood.”
Talking of his films “The Friend” and “Tandoori Love”, Vaid said: “While the ‘The Friend’ is purely European, I had the opportunity to play and use Indian instruments like sitar and tabla for ‘Tandoori Love’ which is a co-production of Indian and Swiss filmmakers.”
“Tandoori Love” will be screened at the forthcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.