Though there is a big controversy in the Kannada film industry over the excessive use of Bollywood's famous singers in Kannada films and ignoring local talents, the music directors and the Audio companies are still backing the singers from Hindi films like Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala and Udit Narayan.
Now, the technicians strike in Mumbai has put the voice mixing work in limbo as most of the Mumbai studios in which the mixing work was done have closed the sutters. Music director Hari Krishna had gone to Mumbai to get the work finished for his film Parameshi Paanwala. But the work could not be completed.
Producer and actor Adithya Babu, who is now making Parameshi Paanwala, says the work relating to voice mixing got delayed and it had affected the audio release of the film which was slated for release by October end. He added that his music director had to extend his stay in Mumbai because the recording assistants had gone on strike.
Adithya Babu said that though his film has completed its shoot and even songs have been picturised abroad, the voice mixing work has been kept pending because of the strike in Mumbai. He said that Hari Krishna has accepted a contract to get the Mumbai singers to sing the songs of the film.
Hari Krishna is the most popular music composer of the industry today, is also composing music for other prominent Kannada films like Boss and Raaj, the show man. Another top Kannada music director Mano Murthy, who is using the Mumbai singer prominently in his films, is providing music for Logori to be directed by Yogaraj Bhat which has Puneet Rajkumar in the lead.
It is a known fact that Mumbai singers like Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, who are busy in their music recordings for Hindi films and stage shows, offer to sing for South Indian films only when they have spare time. These singers allot dates to the Kannada film music directors and prefer to sing only in Mumbai studios. On many occasions Bollywood singers have to be told two to three months in advance for the voice mixing work.
Normally the Kannada film producers are giving contract to Music directors to complete the music composition work of their films. The music directors are expected to hand over a disc of the completed work which will be then handed over to the music companies. The musical albums will then be made by the musical companies who pay more only if Bollywood singers are used in the album.
Sonu Nigam is the most popular singer of Kannada films today what with his "Anisuththidhe Yaako Eno'' from the block buster film Mungaru Male becoming a chart buster. He has many top hits including "Ninnindhale'' in Milana and "Ninna Nodalentho'' in Mussanje Maathu. Kungal Ganjawala is another singer who has become hugely popular in Kannada films.