If given a choice between old and new Hindi movie music, most people will choose old Hindi movie OSTs.
Everyone knows people who start cribbing and reminiscing about ‘the good, old days’ as soon as another tasteless melody starts playing on the telly/radio.
Ever wondered why it may be so?
I mean, the amount of talent available across eras should remain constant, right? It can’t be that suddenly all the talent in the country disappeared with the arrival of the 80s and people started dancing to Ta-thaiya-ta-thaiya and other weird Jeetendra numbers. More so, the amount of talent on display should actually go up because of the various talent hunts that keep going on nowadays. Right?
My hypothesis: People are stupid (Fact). They don’t realize that as time passes, only the real gems created in a period would survive and the crap would get washed away. So the Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi stuff that you hear from the 60’s and the 70’s and are so in love with is actually only the good stuff that they must’ve sung. All the shit created in that period would’ve disappeared over time. So if you ever call the 60’s or the 70’s the golden era of Hindi movie music, remember that 50 years from now, the 90’s and the 00’s may also be called the ‘golden era’ (or whatever they call it then).
This hypothesis also raises an interesting question: Would the drivel that gets created today ever disappear? What with youtube etc. around to capture them and store them for eternity? Shouldn’t we do a voluntary purging (in the name of good taste) of the tasteless music that gets created these days and leave out only the good stuff?
(P. S. 2LFT stands for ‘Too Long for Twitter’. Stuff that is too long to communicate in a couple of tweets. Basically, a set of posts where I jot down whatever I feel like, without caring too much about it making sense. Wait. Isn’t that true for the rest of my posts too? :|)