There isn’t any denying that the recognition of documentaries within the OTT area has grown considerably prior to now few years, particularly because the time Indian tasks began getting seen internationally. And one sub-genre, which appears to be able to take a flight to increased heights is rising from the music world.
“The expansion of music documentaries is important proper now. Music is a really unappreciated artwork type. Folks respect music, however the spotlight at all times goes to the actor, and music takes a light backseat, though music is the very first thing that begins the method of any movie. In the case of music documentaries which speak in regards to the lifetime of a musician, or a live performance movie, they covers the hardships to be a musician and to be within the music trade,” says singer Benny Dayal, including, “There may be a variety of thought course of which fits into making music. Now, with the streaming scene and numbers, it has turn out to be a really aggressive state of affairs, so it’s actually crucial that we converse in regards to the lifetime of musicians and the onerous work they put into bringing completely different and various tunes.””.
After the current rise in recognition of music biopics equivalent to Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, the main target has shifted to music documentaries. The narrative can also be present process a change as they’re now not restricted to simply live shows and life tales. Additionally they throw gentle on the trimmings of being a star, and typically seize the album manufacturing course of.
Be it J-Hope within the Field, which is about his journey as a solo artist, or an inside glimpse of Ed Sheeran’s life with Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All, or Taylor Swift opening up about her battle with media scrutiny with Miss Americana, or Selena Gomez: My Thoughts & Me giving us a revealing portrait of Selena Gomez and her battle. That’s not it, there are documentaries on live shows as properly equivalent to Homecoming: A Movie by Beyoncé, which is an in-depth have a look at her celebrated 2018 Coachella efficiency.
Shut house, in India, Shut Up Sona was one such mission, and just lately, a documentary primarily based on the lifetime of singer-composer Yo Yo Honey Singh was introduced.
Opening up in regards to the rising development, Shut Up Sona director Deepti Gupta shares, “The approaching of music documentaries in India is essential in India due to the best way music enterprise has turn out to be”.
“The large labels aren’t supporting the artists the best way they used to. Earlier, we used to have sure channels to play music, which have simply disappeared… With the change within the nature of enterprise, there isn’t a entry to tales of an artist, and the interior making course of. The glimpse into the music is essential, and it’s a constructive development. Additionally, as a result of we’re a music pushed nation, with a great unbiased music scene regardless of the presence of Bollywood. These documentaries additionally give an opportunity to discover completely different angles, like Shut Up Sona was a bit on feminine artists.There may be Prateek Kuhad, Sona Mohapatra, RajaKumari — all these folks stand for one thing completely different. Music documentaries as a style is one thing we stay up for,” she provides.
Explaining it additional, producer Guneet Monga Kapoor, who’s backing Honey Singh mission, says, “Music is changing into increasingly more unbiased and it’s recognition is gaining huge inroads… This wave has given us iconic personalities from the music trade who transcend the area of being singers to being public figures who’re adored and cherished immensely. For us, Honey Singh is one such persona whose life has been written about in so many points, however I really feel this story must be layered and instructed in a method to have a greater, deep dive understanding”.
Nevertheless, not each story has the potential to work. “Documentaries are getting a variety of traction on the earth, and Honey Singh is a captivating character with plenty of ups and downs. That side makes the story attention-grabbing, his journey from being a famous person to an underdog,” says director Mozez Singh.
Singer Lizaa Malik, then again, feels one ought to neglect the authenticity of the story. “Our a part of the world is tremendous late to realize recognition. Crucial factor the makers should have in mind is that within the race of being commercially profitable, we should not tamper with the details and switch it into fiction… If we’re making a documentary then we should hold the essence alive,” she ends.