‘The movie failed, so the mu­sic failed’

Says com­poser Amit Trivedi, who be­lieves that Bom­bay Vel­vet’s mu­sic flopped be­cause the film flopped

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Mu­sic com­poser Amit Trivedi (right) had hoped his all-jazz sound­track for Anurag Kashyap’s Bom­bay Vel­vet would change the jazz scene in the coun­try, but the al­bum did not get its due credit be­cause of the film’s fail­ure, he says. “The sound­track suf­fered be­cause the movie failed. We didn’t ex­pect that the movie will bomb so badly. Even if it’d done av­er­age or above-av­er­age busi­ness, it would’ve helped the mu­sic a lot,” he says adding, “That put the mu­sic on the back­foot; the mu­sic was part of the whole screen­play and the film’s mi­lieu.”

The com­poser, who has given hits like Ik­tara, Man­jha, and Ishaqza­ade among oth­ers also be­lieves that the sound­track of Bom­bay Vel­vet would have made peo­ple more aware of jazz in the coun­try. “In­dian au­di­ences aren’t well­versed with jazz. So it was an experiment, which some liked and some did not. Peo­ple who un­der­stand jazz have liked it but for those who don’t get jazz, the mu­sic went above their heads. If the film had worked it would’ve changed the course of jazz scene in the coun­try.”

How­ever, Trivedi thinks he still hasn’t been able to gauge the pulse of the au­di­ence. “It’s never easy to gauge the pulse of the au­di­ence as ev­ery six months, their taste changes, and we have to keep adapt­ing to it. But the crux, the soul of the melody has to be strong. There is no for­mula,” he says.

If the film had done av­er­age busi­ness or above av­er­age busi­ness, then also it would’ve helped the mu­sic a lot Amit Trivedi, com­poser

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/HT

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