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A different beat in Hindi cinema
TusharJoshi | February 03, 2004 07:34 IST
Drums, strings, bass and action! This is the new mantra of Hindi cinema. Background score has arrived.
Imagine a film with dialogues, interspersed with songs and then reverting back to dialogues. No sound in the background. Would it appeal to your senses?
Songs and dance are an impeccable part of our film industry, but not everyone has noticed that the background score has slowly started shifting to the forefront, making its mark on the films' overall appeal.
Hollywood has a history where epic films like the Star Wars, Godfather or the recent Lord Of The Rings series have an identifiable background score. Since the West does not have songs, except for musicals, the weight of emoting the script through sound lies on the shoulders of the man composing the background score.
Of late, the Hindi film industry too seems to make good use of background music. One such filmmaker is Ram Gopal Varma. No wonder he expresses his ideas and emotions through the background score. Take Satya which, in a way, set the standards for background score.
The film dealt with the stark and hard-hitting subject of the underworld and was interwoven with a throbbing score, which took the audience inside the mind of its characters. Every time a bullet was shot or there were close-ups of actors, one could hear the haunting score, which had a hallucinatory effect on the audience.
Sandeep Chowta is another whiz at the background score. After scoring for several Varma films like Satya, Company, Kaun, Bhoot and Jungle, he moved on to being a full-fledged music composer. In fact, his work in Satya became so popular that it was the first Hindi film to have a background score album released.
For any film to have a background score that goes beyond being a mere filler, it needs the composer to be involved in the process of filmmaking. A successful score would be one which does not overbear the characters or scenes but subtly takes them forward, etching deep impressions in the viewers mind with its sound.
Here is a list of some noteworthy background scores in recent times:
Films will be made and stories will be told, techniques of narration will change and technology will improve. What will remain constant is the background score.
So next time you find yourself crying, laughing or at the edge of your seat, pay attention to the score in the background. That is the pulse your heart would be beating to.
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