Here's T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar's MARATHON & EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with T-Series head honcho drops the guard and gets candid, he's absolutely unflustered at  the barrage of questions even if they revolve around the controversial topic of royalty

Wasn't he extremely frank and forthcoming? We like when we are allowed to ask all questions (rare in today's times) and the interviewee takes everything on his chin.

FYI, we brought you two stories yesterday from the excerpts of the interview above.

We reproduce them below:


Kumar told us that he was in two minds whether to buy the music rights of Farhan Akhtar's maiden directorial Dil Chahta Hai (DCH). "In fact eventually I bought them--- but soon gave it back. And then, somehow I bought them again." (SEE VIDEO ABOVE)

Thank God, we said. DCH was an epic film. How many times can we say that classic without stopping to have a continuous grin! 

Explained Bhushan, "I felt that DCH was not a clear melody, but then it was youthful. So yeah it worked in a big way, but again if you see it didn't work till the film became a superhit at the box-office."

But he quickly admitted, "Lekin haan, I have gone wrong. Rang De Basanti, for example, was offered to me. I didn't take it and the music was a hit. There I realised that I need to go in for music, keeping the public's taste in mind, and not just my personal fancies."

But there was yet another blunder Bhushan perhaps still regrets, again maybe because he couldn't go back on it.  Another case of 'Time and Tide wait for no Man'---- Mahesh Bhatt's Murder. "Murder mystery mein koi music kaise sunega, I thought? But look what happened to the number Bheege Hoont Tere!"


The conversation veered towards the fact that several films which release today have 3-4 music directors handling their music. 

Why? Wouldn't melody be better if one person (or jodi) is on top of the game, like the days of S D Burman, R D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Bappi Lahiri or for that matter even Nadeem Shravan and Jatin Lalit?

Kumar had an explanation. He revealed that most directors do not give sufficient time to the films they take up. According to him, often they are running behind shows which offer lucrative money and he would instead prefer that they give more man-days if they want the film to come exclusively to them.

Kumar said that this is actually a debate. "Today, mostly, one solo music director is not able to deliver. Gone are the days when music directors had 100 sittings and dedicated themselves wholly to one film. Every second day they are doing shows. When can you sit with them? We are told by their agencies that they are booked for shows which are offering them more money, so you see their priorities have changed. I am not blaming them, that's how their business runs. But surely, we can't delay films for that. Besides, that music director should be extremely talented to churn out 6-7 songs to make a complete album.

I am not referring to anybody, but say if Pritam or Sachin Jigar are doing a film, they are no doubt extremely talented but they should give sufficient time na?

Okay, now let me tell you that 3-4 music directors on one project doesn't necessarily mean that we can't have a complete album or a hit album. Take the example of Aashiqui 2. We were thinking of signing Pritam solo for that, but he was doing 10 films at that time. We went ahead with Mithun, Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Ganguly--- and didn't we dish out many good tunes in that?

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