Actor Kamal Haasan said that if the music industry was unshackled, it has the potential to grow bigger than cinema in the future. Releasing the Tamil version of O Penne, an independent album song which features him, Haasan said, “There have been instances in the past when independent songs were more popular than film songs. [But] we are now only scoring music that is demanded by producers or distributors for stories that they are looking to make into films for almost 100 years.”
Stating that independent music would facilitate independent thought, Haasan stressed the need to encourage independent music.
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“I have always been concerned about the fact that no space has been provided to facilitate such independent thoughts. Even a great musician like Ilaiyaraaja has been forcibly constrained within this rectangle [referring to films by pointing to the theatre screen]. If they attempt to break free and break out, people say, ‘We don’t understand. It is beyond us.’ Therefore, their growth is denied.”
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