Bollywood music has lost its identity: Shamir Tandon

Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 10:18 AM IST

Mumbai: Music Director Shamir Tandon, whose compositions for the film `Page 3` were much appreciated, thinks that Hindi film industry these days does not have its own identity, when it comes to music.

"Bollywood does not have identity for its music. It has become more global with a pinch of pop, jazz and rock. In movies like `Rock On`, there was a rock kind of music, `Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na` had this jazz feel," Tandon said, talking to PTI.

"Indian flavour was last seen in `Munni Badnam hui` of `Dabangg`, or in films with retro-look, such as Vipul Shah`s
`Action Replayy`, and `Once Upon A Time in Mumbai`... Bollywood had its own unique style," he said.

"Till late 1990s, Bollywood had its own identity in terms of music, with violin, tabla and other instruments. Now it`s all global."

Shamir has worked most with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar so far (`Page 3`, `Traffic`, `Jail` and `Corporate`).

When asked whether composing music for Ekta Kapoor`s `Ragini MMS` was a different experience, Tandon said, "The movies I have done so far were not usual Bollywood movies. When `Ragini MMS` came to me, it was more challenging, as it is a new kind of film and so there was no reference point."

PTI