Lip Synching Banned

Take a look at this: Turkmen President Bans Lip Synching.

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- He has outlawed opera and ballet and railed against long hair and gold teeth, but now the authoritarian president of Turkmenistan is determined to wipe out another perceived scourge: lip synching.

President Saparmurat Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, one can see on television old voiceless singers lip-synching their old songs," Niyazov told a Cabinet meeting in comments broadcast on state TV on Tuesday. "Don't kill talents by using lip synching... Create our new culture."

Under Niyazov's order, lip synching is now prohibited at all cultural events, concerts, on television -- and at private celebrations such as weddings.

Can you imagine if Bal Thackerey somehow got it into his head to do the same to Mumbai and, by extension, to Bollywood? The mind boggles. All those pretty vacant starlets forced to sing for themselves. It would have the same impact as silent movies being replaced by those with sound. Not all stars survived the transition in Hollywood. Someone like Vasundhara Das would do really well. As for others, well they better start brushing up on their scales. And as for the men, well we've seen Aamir Khan (Ghulam) and Amitabh Bachchan do their thing. The rest have spared our eardrums. So far, thanks to the good lord.

PS - Thanks to Amar Parikh for the link.

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- August 24, 2005 9:03 PM // Bollywood , Select