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Thread: Milkha will not sing
02-09-2012, 01:00 AM #1
Milkha will not sing
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has decided to do away with the tradition of his characters expressing their emotions through songs. He feels it interrupts the flow of the story.
Mehra told, “When my characters sing, the narration is interrupted. Unless it’s a song like Genda phool in Delhi 6, which belongs to the inherent cultural situation of the characters. I’ve watched my mother and aunts sing as they make papad and pickles on the terrace. But otherwise, sorry, songs to me are an aural experience.”
Apparently, Mehra has conveyed his no-lip-sync decision to Farhan Akhtar, who was keen to bring a musical element for Milkha Singh’s character in the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Mehra is a music-lover, having grown up listening to Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi. He understands that song-and-dance sequences are integral to our culture and cinema, but unfortunately, they don’t work with his style of filmmaking.
Mehra has been experimenting with songs in his previous films like Delhi 6 and Rang De Basanti (RDB).
Mehra said, “In Rang De Basanti, there was plenty of singing. But no character lip-synced. In Delhi 6, I filmed a male number Masakali on Sonam Kapoor. But now, Milkha onwards, no singing for my characters.”