I have decided to abstain from all movies/ serials with an extensive background score.
No. it’s not because I'm too busy working or because I have a major exam. It’s simply because it has made everyday life such a pain in the rear!
I was pretty alright until I watched a few episodes of Devon ke dev mahadev. This particular episode had the ridiculously good looking telly Shiva staring into the love struck Sati’s eyes oblivious to the other demi gods and humans around them as the background music wrapped it all together ,successfully causing the goose bumps effect. I felt like a big cube of butter dropped into the hot frying pan!
It took a few days for me to get over that melt down. I kept wondering why!?? Why does a “divine”soap have such an effect? Was it the stunning Shiva? The Impossible human-god relationship angle?? The beautiful sets? Was it how Shiva, Sati and everyone else said the right things at the right time or was it just the music??
Well the actual culprit is THE music!
You can call me crazy, but I watched the same episode on mute and surpriseeee!! It wasn’t magical anymore. In fact it was plain awkward! How long can two people with blank faces stare at each other without any background music!?
Then started the movie marathon (on mute of course) but with sub titles to reconfirm my hypothesis.
I started with Vinnai thandi varuvaya, a beautiful Tamil move with amazing BGM. I changed genres and watched Pirates of the Caribbean, Inglorious bastards(another amazing BGM), Star wars, Legend of Bhagat singh, Visvaroobam,indira, and a bunch of other movies which I hold special. Without the Background score the emotions conveyed in these movies seems blunted. Even the heart tugging dialogues and scenes dint quite complete the picture.
Yes I am quite jobless at the moment. But here’s why it affects my everyday existence.
When I wake up every morning, there is no chirping birds or girly chorus playing in the background. I’m late to work or college and literally on a run but there is no fast paced music playing along pushing me to get there faster!
After a fight with a friend there is just breakable silence, no sad violin tunes. Someone cracks a joke there isn’t the claps and laughs we hear in the background of a sitcoms.
When a mother in law fights with her daughter in law there is no weird owl hooting noises, or crying chorus that produces enough tears to build a dam!!
And If I do manage to stare at someone with all the love I could possibly feel, it just makes me feel like a creep and that someone extremely uncomfortable! Where the hell are those goose bumps inducing music when I need them??
There are so many such everyday situations that get blunted, buried in awkward silence, or the unbearable sirens and horns and the din of mundane existence.
Wouldn’t life be much cooler if we had our own bubble around our heads playing timely “punch music”??
Imagine having your own intro music!( like Ajith’s in Mangatha) every time you enter a new place??,
or VTV’s Bgm every time you feel a little romantic?
Or how about Superstars “vidukaiyaa inda valaki” music when you are totally stumped in an exam hall?
There is such a sharp contrast on what’s portrayed on screen and our lives. May be that is why we look up to cinema or television and music as a source of escape from everything that is normal making us feel inadequate and incomplete in some way...... the only solutions being, Invention of the “punch music bubble”or just stop providing such unattainable, unrealistic BGm’s for otherwise normal events pictured on screen( like the movie The lunchbox)
The latter pretty much won’t happen, because family soaps thrive on Sad music, a villain/vamp will always have an owl or wolf entry music, all major dialogues will be followed by a lightning bolt sounds, shocking incidents will have a a few Carnatic swarams in high pitch, romance is never silent and has nostalgic numbers playing along. No awkward silence anywhere.
So our best bet and the only hope for a “complete” feeling is the “punch music bubble”. In case you are interested please wait for your turn in the Q. Someone somewhere is equally mad and is working towards the betterment of us! It is time to blurr the lines ;)