The decline of Bollywood Music

The Decline Of Bollywood Music – Part 5

Today Even Old Classic Hit Songs are being crucified by Re-Mix

While some feel the degradation in the music began with lewd lyrics like Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Khalnayak 1993) while some argue that the song Sarkai Lo Khatiya Jada Lage (Raja Babu -1994) gave movement to such vulgar songs. But whoever began the vulgarity wave the flood gate for ribald film lyrics have set in. Recall the song Zara Zara Touch Me… (Race – 2008) or Ooh La La Ooh La La… (The Dirty Picture 2011) or Mein Karoon Tu Sala Character Dheela Hai…. (Ready -2011). Aren’t these songs a tight slap on the quality lyrics of songs like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya… (Mughul-e-Azam -1960) or Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Tha (Pakeezah -1972)!!

What is most shocking is that these days the scenario has become so erotic that awfully even the old classics are being crucified – thanks to remix and dirty dancing models! For instance, the hit song Saara Zamaana haseenon Ka Deewaana… from Amitabh Bachchan‘s film Yaarana has been remixed in a hot sexy song in Hrithik Roshan film Kaabil!! The brouhaha over the decline in music has thus taken center stage with women’s organization to general masses wondering why Bollywood music has nosedived so low!

Well, poking a satirically remark on the degradation of music in Hindi cinema, Bollywood’s most learned and popular film lyricist Javed Akhtar, said, “Tragically, today music has become more of ‘Viewing’ rather than listening!!!” Explaining the reason behind the decline in music Javed Akhtar said, “The problem with today’s music directors is that unlike the Golden Era music directors, the present crop of music directors have not been exposed to classical music, to Indian art, Indian folk music, Indian folklore, Indian poetry hence it is no wonder that these bread of music directors are just exposed to Western music which unfortunately is devoid of emotions, aesthetic and ethics.”

Thus as the axiom goes – As you sow, so shall you reap. Hence when the music directors of today are unexposed to quality classical music and quality intellectual poetry, then it is obvious you would give ear-blasting music and ridiculous lyrics like Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose…. (Delhi Belly – 2011) or Main Ladki Po Po Po Tu Ladka Po Po Po… (Hera Pheri – 2000).

Mr. Subhash Ghai, who started the vulgar trend with Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai – (Khalnayak), however defends himself. He said, “We make the movie for all class of people. Such lyrics may not appeal a particular section of people but ‘the front-bencher’ receives these songs with full gusto and throng the theatre again and again. Thus to satisfy each ‘class’ of people we have to ‘add’ all kind of masala.”

He informs, “And it is not a new trend. In the past, too, serious film-makers like Bimal Roy used such gimmick, Remember, the song, Chad Gayo Papi Bichoowa…’ in his movie Madhumati or  Raj Kapoor’s Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho…’ from Bobby. Thus filmmakers have been using similar tricks to pull in front benchers! In fact, Raj Kapoor began the trend with his sensual number Kya Hua Yeh Mujhe… in his movie Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, picturised on buxom beauty Padmini drenched in flowing water.”

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