Javed Akhtar: Stories and music in films have changed; value of words has deteriorated

Javed Akhtar feels astonished that there are no protests against vulgarity in the lyrics of a song.

FP Staff November 12, 2016 14:55:01 IST
Javed Akhtar: Stories and music in films have changed; value of words has deteriorated

Javed Akhtar had a few words of wisdom about the filming industry when he was speaking at the launch of 'Sahir Samagra', a collection of Sahir Ludhianvi’s writings published by Rajkamal Prakashan and edited by novelist Aasha Prabhat.

Akhtar talked about how he thought the loss of films is a loss for the country because of the heavy impact films have on masses.

Javed Akhtar Stories and music in films have changed value of words has deteriorated

Javed Akhtar in a file photo. AFP

"You can’t blame the writer for that. The problem is not with the music makers, it is with the masses, who appreciate it and make it a hit,” The Indian Express reported him saying, “Why don’t audiences reject such songs? They only protest when their religious sentiments are hurt but there are no protests against vulgarity in the lyrics. Songs are written on situations. Stories and music have changed. The value of words has deteriorated as our language is becoming thin. The young generation is never heard using proverbs."

"The young generation today doesn’t know poetry, language, literature, folk songs and tradition. They say it is because of bad upbringing if a person has a good command over Hindi and Urdu," the lyricist said, and stressed the importance of teaching kids more regional languages rather than just English.

Akhtar said he writes to reach the masses and the idea is never to use difficult vocabularies to make an impression.

He also talked about how social issues are addressed in films, as reported by The Times of India. He said, "Cinema has changed and nowadays films seldom address social issues. These days movies are made on the ruling class while old films targeted the labour/working class. It is because the middle-class today is rich and disinterested in knowing the poor man’s issues."

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