Bollywood Directors With An Ear For Music

Music is the soul of any Bollywood film and it’s difficult to imagine our movies without a generous dose of song and dance. Melodies have been a part of warp and weft of the Bollywood fabric right from the first sound film Alam Ara that released in 1931 with seven songs. While the music director has been the key figure responsible for the composition and production of songs, a film’s director also plays a crucial role in how its soundtrack shapes up. Directors with a sharp sense of music have collaborated actively with music directors to compose their film’s soundtrack. Musical legend Lata Mangeshkar recently complimented filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his keen ear for music. Lataji showered praise on the director for composing the music of his own films. Mr Bhansali’s films have always stood out for their melodious soundtrack and since his 2010 production Guzaarish, the director has taken over the reins of composing of music for his films. His subsequent films Goliyon ki Raasleela: Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat have also won accolades for their superlative soundtracks.

In fact, Lata Mangeshkar paid Bhansali another compliment by comparing his music sense to that of Bollywood’s showman, Raj Kapoor. According to the doyenne of the Indian music scene, Bhansali like Raj Kapoor has a deep knowledge of Indian classical music and heritage. She recalled how Raj Kapoor was a consummate musician and could play a range of musical instruments and often composed songs and even sang their scratch versions. Legendary film director Raj Khosla also had a natural gift for music and came to Bombay to become a singer. He ended up as a film director but never gave up his love for music. Like his contemporary Raj Kapoor, he too could play several many musical instruments and sang beautifully.