Vishal Bhardwaj: A Genuine Music Composer In Times When Indian Music Directors Have Become Copycats

Vishal Bhardwaj: The Really Talented Filmmaker And Music Composer

Vishal Bhardwaj: A Truly Talented Filmmaker And Music Composer

( Also published in  Northern India Patrika, December 08, 2013 ) 

One needs a great musical mind to appreciate the music of Vishal Bhardwaj. We are well aware of his directorial skills, having seen his ability to deal with complex themes in movies like Omkara, Maqbool, Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf, to name a few. In my eyes he is a music director par excellence, who still have guts to introduce original compositions in Bollywood given way to borrowed tunes. If we analyze deeply the happenings inside Bollywood’s musical landscape what prevails is recycling of works of others in most blatant manner with no credits to original composers who composed these compositions in the first place.  

Very recently I watched “Ek Thi Daayan” which dealt with supernatural elements. It was a theme which had not much scope for a romantic number. However, Vishal managed to create magic with his “Yaaram” song. Gulzar after demise of his best friend RD Burman felt a great sense of loneliness. He wasn’t all wrong in feeling that way. Only RD Burman had that capability to lend perfect musical notes to newsy type lyrics penned by Gulzar. Thanks to the arrival of Vishal Bhardwaj, which allowed Gulzar to breathe a sigh of relief. Vishal didn’t disappoint Gulzar. The chartbusters like ” Yaaram”, “Naina Thag Lenge”,  “Darling”, “Chod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyan”, “O Saathi Re”,  “Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji”, “Raat Ke Dhai Baje”, “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola” and “Sapney Me Milti Hai” etc. are the ones which bear testimony to the fact he knows what treatment very sensitive verses of Gulzar actually need.

This very highly conscious music director, dealing in experimentation and improvisation in unorthodox manner, loves to introduce best of the literary works, which until now remained unexplored by Indian movie-makers. The cinematic versions of Shakespeare’s Othello, Macbeth and Hamlet really impressed all film-goers. At the same time, movie versions of Ruskin Bond’s “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” and “The Blue Umbrella’ also left the lovers of cinema spellbound. In fact, even in movie meant for kids like Makdee you can notice the variation he introduced in his music. He has received National Award for his music in Ishkiya and Godmother. Today Bollywood is dominated by musicians who first don’t know what music really means, and second, they are not musicians but technocrats depending on arrangement of music done by the computers. A reason why film music sounds so mechanical and jarring to the ears. Worse, it’s so humiliating when foreign composers make allegations that Indian music makers totally copied their compositions in the name of inspiration!

Happy That This Man Has Got So Many Awards!

Happy That This Man Has Got So Many Awards!

Against this backdrop, this genuine music composer evokes a sense of self pride within with his creativity. Let’s hope his fabulous compositions which make wonderful use of various instruments like Piano and Guitar keep enthralling music lovers. One is not against Western music and use of latest technology but against ignorance of richness present in Indian music. There is calculated attempts on part of movie makers to diminish the aura of Indian classical music. Vishal Bhardwaj is the best example of how to blend western notes with Indian classical music. This art needs to be learnt by new age Indian music directors, who, sadly, are more interested in making money instead of truly enriching the world of film music. Anyway, Vishal Bhardwaj needs to be complimented for keeping the roots of Indian classical music green and fresh.

Some of the songs composed by him: 

1. Chod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyan

2. Naina Thag Lenge

3. Maine To Maanga Tha 

4. Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji 

5. Raat Ke Dhai Baje 

6. Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola

Pics Credit: 

Pic One 

Pic Two

7 responses

  1. Many thanks to these readers who did not take much time to read the whole article immediately after the publication:

    Ashutosh Mishra, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh; Rinku Pandit, Bhiwani, Haryana; Sc Mudgal, New Delhi; Dilip Kawathekar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh; Poonam Pandey, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh; Kunal Sinha, USA; Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, California, USA; Vikram Gupta, New Delhi; Dharmapal Upadhyaya; Sudhir Dwivedi, New Delhi; Rajesh Dubey, Kishanganj, West Bengal; Jatinder Sharma,Bureau Chief, Daily Aaj Ka Jalandhar, Jalandhar, Punjab; Vinay Vishwakarma, Advocate, Allahabad High Court; Himanshu B.Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai; Priyal Shivyogi; Onkar Menaria, Rajasthan; Sanjeev Kumar, Khagaria, Bihar; Udayan Supkar, Bhubneshwar, Orissa; Sanjay Singh, Kota, Rajasthan and Nikhil Garg, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

  2. Nita Pandey, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, said:



    Author’s Response:

    I hope you read the post totally by clicking on the link…It has many beautiful tracks..I have to say so because many people just read the first paragraph which I post as introduction to the full article..They simply miss the whole post since they fail to pursue the link by clicking on it…


    Nita Pandey, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, said:



    Author’s Response:


  3. Udayan Supkar, Bhubneshwar, Orissa, said:

    अरविंद जी – जब सारा बॉली वुड कालेधन की ईंधन से चल रहा है वहाँ योग्य कलाकारों की पूछ कैसे होगी भला .. नाट्य शास्त्र के नव रसों में से कदाचित् अब “वीभत्स रस” का ही आदर है वहाँ .. नारी पत्रो को अमर्यादित ढंग से प्रस्तुत करना- पुरुष पत्रो से आशालीन संवाद कहलवाना – हिंसा का पाशविक प्रदर्शन यही तो है आज की हिन्दी फिल्में – जो एक धीमा ज़हर काम कर रहा है समाज के विनाश के लिए – और ऐसे विनाशकों का सम्मान करता है आज का समाज….मुझे पूरा विश्वास है की आपके इस पोस्ट पर न तो अधिक लाइक आएँगे न ही अधिक टिप्पणी … यह भी समाज का एक चेहरा है….

    विशाल भारद्वाज के एक परिचित लेखराज सिंह ठाकुर से मेरी जान पहचान थी जिन्होने काफ़ी कुछ बताया था इनके बारें मे- तभी से विशाल जी के लिए मेरे मन में बड़ी इज़्ज़त है अफ़सोस लेखराज जी अब इस दुनिया में नहीं है
    Author’s Response:

    आपने तो कडुवा सच बयान कर दिया। इसी वजह से हमारी फ़िल्म इंडस्ट्री से सार्थक कुछ भी नहीं निकल रहा है. योग्य लोग चाहे वो किसी भी वर्ग से हो हाशिये पे चले गए है. ऐसा नहीं कि पहले गलत नहीं होता था लेकिन मूल्य तब भी हावी थे. लेकिन आज सिर्फ मुनाफे की हवस है. ऐसे में रचनात्मकता क्या अपना रंग दिखाएगी? रहा इस बात का सवाल कि मेरे इस पोस्ट पे कम लाइक्स और कम टिप्पणी आएँगी तो ये बताना जरूरी समझता हूँ कि एक बार मै इमानदारी से अपना काम कर देता हूँ तो समाज क्या प्रतिक्रिया देता है इसकी मै परवाह नहीं करता। और ये भी जानता हूँ कि लाइक्स और टिप्पणी जुटाने के लिए क्या करना चाहिए लेकिन इस निरर्थक कवायद के लिए मेरे पास जरा भी वक़्त नहीं।

    अंत में इस बात के लिए धन्यवाद कि बहुत दिनों बाद किसी ने बहुत सचेत होके कुछ कहा है 🙂

  4. Chandrapal S Bhasker, United Kingdom, said:

    Could not agree more. Excellent article on a great Hindustani composer/director.

    Author’s Response:

    Thanks for your kind words..This man deserves best awards..There are not many in our times who can think of coming up with original work…At least, he has shown guts to be different from others at the risk of being marginalized in cruel times…

  5. Udayan Supkar, Bhubneshwar, Orissa, said:

    Jee aapkaa bhi ashesh dhanyavaad jo aapne meri tippanee ko sweekaara . Isee tarah ke sarthak vichar vinimay se samaj ko nayee disha miltee hai aisa mera manna hai….

    Author’s Response:

    बिल्कुल ठीक कहा आपने 🙂

  6. Sc Mudgal, New Delhi, said:

    Ek achchhe vyakti per likhi ek achchhi post per ek achchhe aur jaagrook vyakti kee chouthee pratikirya mein us achchhe vyakti ke baare mein kuchchh achchhe shabdon ka istemaal karna kya sandesh deta hai ?? kya laakhon ki sankhya mein bikne wale samacharpatra ke lekhon per sampadak ke naam sirf sainkdon patron ka aana kya sirf ye darshata hai ki us patra se sirf sai nkdon paathak hi laabhanwit ho rahe hain ??

    Bilkul sahi kaha arvind ji, aur yahi aagrah main hamesha udayan ji se karta hoon, aur hamne ek jeevan vichar ko satya mahsoos kiya hai ki ” khali baithne se begaar karna bhi uchit hai ”

    Author’s Response:

    मुद्गल जी आप ने बिल्कुल सही अभिव्यक्त किया है. लाइक्स की संख्या या कमेंट्स की संख्या से गुणवत्ता ( खासकर फेसबुक पर ) कोई बहुत सीधा सम्बन्ध नहीं। यही एक वजह है कि मैंने कभी इस बात को केंद्रबिंदु में नहीं रखा. केवल इस बात को सामने रखा है कि सिर्फ अच्छा काम करते रहो. फिर सब ईश्वर पर पर छोड़ दो. फेसबुक एक बड़ा अजीब माध्यम है. कोई सुंदर औरत की तस्वीर वाली प्रोफाइल अगर कोई घटिया चीज़ भी डाल दे तो सैकड़ो लोग वाह वाह करते भँवरे की तरह मँडराने लगते 😛

  7. Anand Tripathi:

    Yes, indeed, two of his movies i.e. ‘Maachis’ will always be remembered for music and ‘Omkara’ for awesome direction…

    Author’s Response:

    Omkara has also got lovely tracks..It was also nominated at many prestigious film festivals for music…It won in that category at Kara Film Festival….If you watch his movies, you would not be able to resist yourself from appreciating their music…

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