Singh brands Bollywood 'soulless'


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Ghazal king Jagjit Singh says he keeps his distance from Bollywood because he feels Hindi filmmakers are money-minded and don't appreciate the genre any more.

"Filmmakers have no taste for ghazals. A lot of youngsters like soft songs these days, but Bollywood has no interest in ghazals. The industry is only about making money," said Singh.

The 70-year-old veteran, who has sung songs like Badi nazuk hai, Hoshwaalon ko khabar kya, Kiska chehra and Tum itna jo muskua rahe ho in movies, added: "I do not say that Bollywood has become commercialised in recent times. It has always been about money-making, but earlier the taste was different.

"Cinema was a part of literature, but today's cinema has nothing to do with literature. That soul is lacking and it is only about entertainment nowadays."

Singh has been singing for over four decades and has a repertoire comprising 50 albums. He has sung in languages as diverse as Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali.