The legendary musician tells Suresh Sharma about life, music and composing for the movies
A fog of reverence surrounds the documentaries about Hindi film personalities, and few film-makers manage to stay clear-eyed. Documentaries about personages expired or extant can be predictable to a fault: They contain fond and uncritical reminiscences, repeated assertions of the genius-level talent of the subject, and at least one tear-shedding moment. The emphasis is on celebration rather than contemplation, and any attempt at deconstruction or analysis is regarded as an act of disrespect. Thus it is with some trepidation that one approaches The Musical Journey Of Khayyam, a short history of the composer of Hindi film music, ghazals and television shows.