Kailash Kher drops truth bombs about Bollywood monopoly over the music scene. Image: Facebook
It seems that the Bieber-fever has finally caught on with a few weeks left for his show at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai, on May 10. Singer Justin Bieber's India leg of the Purpose World Tour also has a cool list of opening acts by the likes of DJ Alan Walker and Bollywood beauty Sonakshi Sinha. However, singer Kailash Kher isn't quite stoked with the idea. He says, "I read somewhere that a Canadian singer Justin Bieber is coming to India, and actress Sonakshi will perform at the gig. The news was cute, but quite a lie. It doesn't give a good message internationally."
Kailash, who makes it a point to promote live musicians through his tours, thinks that using an actor to open for international singers will kill any scope for live musicians. "They (people from foreign shores) will think that Sonakshi must be a big singer in India. And then she will get concert offers from Canada, and then probably Sonakshi will laugh them off saying 'I am not a singer but an actor'," Kailash told IANS. Though, Sonakshi is not exactly a bad singer and has crooned a song with Meet Brothers, the opening act slot would have been well-utilised by bona-fide musician rather than an actor.
The Bollywood-music industry debate is certainly not new. Last year, singer Palash Sen also took to social media to lash out against Bollywood's monopoly over music. He told us, "All the platform for freely sharing music, such as television, radio. etc., have been monetised making it very difficult to reach to the audience unless you're pumping in a lot of money. Unfortunately, since most of the money is being controlled by the film industry, the only music available for the people to listen to is film music.”
So, if you are feeling a sense of deja vu while listening to the hottest filmi number, now you know why.
He also added, "Basically 3-5 people keep making all the music you listen to in a year and the songs are made to suit a filmi situation. So, there's almost always a dukhi love song that Arijit (Singh) will sing and a party song that any girl would sing, at times you don't even know who's the artiste."
(With inputs by IANS)