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..the argument continues

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Entertainment... at its best


I've struck gold! I've found the best cure for boredom.

Anu Malik's interviews!

There's a story of a fallout between Udit Narayan and Anu Malik. And this is what AM had to say..

"Maybe since I'm more popular than him, he was taking all his frustration out on me."

Hmmm, this doesn't sound like the usual Anu "Reggie" Malik we know. Let's give him another go. So as The Hindu catches up with him, he revs up gradually.

"I would love to do a Mughal-e-Azam, it's right up my alley." He could "rock" them, but he wouldn't "wanna" ask them.

Aaah, that's more like it. Is there anything else you could have done?

"Given a chance, I would do a great job for a Bajirao Mastani, Mughal-e-Azam, or a Lagaan."

Yeah right! There's more in this interview with Rediff.

"I am the only composer who refuses films. I am talented enough to compose internationally."

Of course you are! Most of your songs have been huge hits internationally. Which was one reason why you "composed" it in Hindi in a way! Check out the number of err.. "inspirations"!

"Maybe if I wear a kurta and pyjama and sport a teeka, or turn elusive and work at nights, they will come to me!"

Cool, you can be sarcastic too! But that's not your style, mate.. let's get back to the REAL you.

"I have sung a Holi song and it was the most rocking Holi song ever!"
"Bheenge hooth tere [Murder] almost became a national anthem."

Bulls-eye! This has to be one of my favourite interviews! I'll get back to more excerpts from it later... (It's another issue that Bheege Hont Tere was a blatant lift from a Pakistani number)

"Post Refugee, I feel I'm the most original music composer."

Yeah, and I'm the King of Timbuctoo. He's back to his atrocious best in this interview with Indya.com...

"When people ask what original stuff I've composed, there's Kareeb or commercial films like Jaanam Samjha Karo, Soldier, and now, and Josh which is very me and very original."

And they're all listed in the Copied Songs site! :)

"I think it was former US President John F Kennedy that said, 'It is not what the country does for you, but what you can do for the country that is important.' "

I'll give you credit here, dude. Who cares if the words are wrong as long as the sentiment is right...

Another excerpt from the same interview:

Q: Border helped you get rid of the unfair allegation of being a copycat. Does Border hold a special place in your heart?

A: Yes. You used the right words, 'unfair allegation.'

If you ask me, the right words were 'a copycat'!

I'll get back to my favourite interview again... :)

(On being questioned about asking the producers for work)

"Asking for work is not marketing. In fact, I am helping the producers."


hehehe... I'll copy paste the rest. (I was ROTFL when I read it)

But why must a composer of your stature need to ask for work?

Work is work. If I have made a good tune, I will tell producers that I have made this song, would you like to hear it?
What's wrong in that? I am not cutting my price.
You must understand what is marketing. Are top companies not marketing their products? How do you buy any product?
If you don't see an advertisement of a product, how will you go and buy it?
You can't sit at home and expect people to find out about you.

But...

(Interferes) Listen to me. Marketing is here to stay. The world must know about you. No one will come to your house and ask you: 'Hi! Anu Malik, how are you? What do you eat?'
Anu Malik has to go to top producers like Yash Chopra, Karan Johar, Sooraj Barjatya and Ram Gopal Varma.
He has to ask Yash Chopra, 'Sir, I want to meet you.' If he says he does not have the time, you say 'okay, some other time, sir. I have the talent. Use it.'
There is no harm in doing this.

I'll sign off with the most ironic quote of 'em all..

"Anu Malik has no ego."