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Jigar Saraiya: Indie music could benefit from lockdown

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Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Jigar Saraiya, of the popular composer duo Sachin-Jigar, says the only silver lining about the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown for the music industry is that since films and film music will get delayed, independent music might get a little more space.

The film industry has taken a huge hit owing to the lockdown, and what kind of a blow does he think is in store for the music industry?

“If we talk about hard-hit, (think of) our film released on March 13, ‘Angrezi Medium’. The film could only stay in theatres for one day because the cinema halls got locked down a day after that. The most affected film is our film but at the same time the most successful song of this year is ‘Kudi nu nachne de’ — which is from that film. I think the song has benefited from the lockdown because people are at home, dancing to that song and making their videos,” Jigar told IANS.

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He said that the lockdown has two affects. “It is going to affect everybody right from CEO’s to musicians, business people… everybody will face difficulties.. How do you recover from such a big halt? Music of course if there are films which are being pushed then music will also get pushed but at the same time because Sachin and I do a lot of independent music that will get a little cap because when a lot of film music comes then there is not much space for independent music. TV and radio have no slots,” he said.

Jigar added: “Since film music will come a little late, independent music might get a little space. What India needs right no is to get out of the remix trend and get into original music. Maybe, this is what I am thinking as a silver lining for musicians.”

–IANS

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