When Sony as a company starts marketing the music of one of the films that it is producing through its myriad merchandise, as it is being done with SAAWARIYA, which incidentally Sony Pictures is producing, then it is something to be happy about for the music aficionados. Sony Music has one of the best international music in its oeuvre but it has seldom marketed its music ventures along with its white goods, as it is doing with SAAWARIAYA in India.
This indeed is a pleasant times for the Indian music as is evident from the sale of the music of SAAWARIYA and the way it is topping the music charts all over, and it is also the wake up call for key board relying music composers, to deconstruct their approach to music. Souls of Laxmikant Pyarelal must be blessing Monty with all their might as Monty has again revived the day of string based instruments and may be by the time the film is released the music of SAAWARIYA would have created hitherto unreached frontiers. LP were known for bringing new instrumentations and orchestrations to the Hindi film music and they also experimented with instruments on the verge of extinction as they did in Shashi Kapoor's UTSAV. It was LP only who had introduced the trend of violin based interludes into the Hindi film songs.
For Monty it indeed is a personal triumph as he has tried to attain a balance between the music of LP and Pancham and has created a unique style which seems to remind of the soulful times of these great maestros of the past. The touch of RD is eloquently manifest in the starting nodes of the title song, which has a sonorous play of guitar.
For too long technology had taken a vice like grip on the Hindi music and the result was that film music as a genre had started loosing its sheen. The shelf life of the music has also become ephemeral, which keeps on vanishing from one chart compilation to another. It was the synthetic quality of the sound which had come to dominate the music scenario which had made it soulless and the melody that is not possible at all to produce from the key board went out of the window.
For Monty it is also a sweet remembrance of working with the second generation of the Anil Kapoor family as he had displayed his prowess on the key boards of Piano while giving the music in MR. INDIA. As long as aficionados like Sanjay Leela Bhansali are there who leave no stone unturned to obtain the quality of sounds, the real music would continue to prosper. Advent of music directors like Monty on a regular basis would also help in providing sustenance to players of the string instruments, who otherwise were slowly becoming orphans in the key board characterized era of music.