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All for that spark...

A musical hunt... Anu Malik states a point.

A musical hunt... Anu Malik states a point.  

HE HASN'T stopped calling himself as one of the greatest music directors, nor has stopped shouting from the rooftops that today's singers lack "that spark". "Let's face it. We can never have Lata Mangeshkar again. In fact, these singers also must be thinking why the world of music could have another singer who could parallel their calibre?"

This is Anu Malik, voicing his opinion along with Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan for Sony TV's talent hunt for singers called Indian Idol in Mumbai.

"The fact goes that I still miss that spark listening to which I could say, this is what I was looking for. Each time when I go home after recording, my daughter Anmol asks me, `how was it?' And before I answer, she would add, `sab kuch theek tha par voh baat nahin thi, right?' And each time, my answer is `yes'. So through this platform I am looking for that spark. It could be in a rickshaw-wallah, a driver, a housewife, a maid, anyone. Enough of waiting... "

This much talked about Indian Idol judge does not actually miss the absence of the likes of Naushad and O.P. Nayyar along with him on the dais. "I would not like to comment upon my selection as a judge but for sure our scripts today do not match the kind of music they used to score. But you must introspect. Do you want that Ganga Jamuna type of music again? Only a section of people do. Let the music of yesteryears be for them.

But I want to move ahead in life. Today when I score the music of Josh, Asoka, Border and Main Hoon Na, filmmakers come to me and say `give me the music of Akele Hum Akele Tum or Refugee'. They never demand any Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya or Mere Mehboob. And since I deliver the goods, I am still in the fray." Well, did any one say that without a great music director that spark will always be missing?

RANA SIDDIQUI

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