Javed Akhtar SLAMS Hindi Filmmakers For Degrading ‘Epic-Like Quality’ Of Indian Cinema

Veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has questioned the contemporary filmmakers about the songs missing from films. He also stressed on how music is an integral part of Hindi cinema.

Akhtar was present at the launch of film critics Khalid Mohamed’s debut novel, The Aladia Sisters on Monday evening. While addressing the audience he spoke about the evolution of screenplays in Hindi films. He expressed his sadness with the screenwriters rejecting songs.

Why has usage of songs embarrassed Hindi filmmakers? Asks Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar SLAMS Hindi Filmmakers For Degrading ‘Epic-Like Quality’ Of Indian Cinema

“An average Hindi film’s screenplay is nearer to a novel than a short story. Now the new cinema that’s developing is gradually going towards a short story and is rejecting the songs. So the epic-like quality is gradually going out of the Indian cinema and I am very sad about it. In our indigenous cinema, the way we have used melodrama, look at masters like Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, and how they have used songs,” said Akhtar.

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