“Bollywood, yeh tumhe kya hogaya hai? Apna yeh haal kyun bana liya?”
Why has bollywood and bollywood music in general become so sad?
not sad as in ghumgeen, but sad as in embarrassingly shockingly depressingly pathetic? My crazy, awesome co writer has already touched this point in her last post, while i was thinking and procrastinating, but i will still do what (i think) i do best: Elaborate 😀
I think it started with item songs. It was ok when it was kaanta laga and that nonsense back around 2002. They were in albums that you bought only if u liked remixed stuff like that. But now? Its stuffed down ur throat in almost every other movie. “Family Movies” are a rare concept anymore. With the liberalisation of the censor board, anything and everything is slowly creeping into our movies. But i feel for some reason, that its not casual when its indian movies, its more sexual and dirty. Its ok when u watch it in english movies, because its expected and more casual. Can you call me hypocritical for that? Maybe. Maybe not.
Anyway back to music. So these item numbers gradually became more common in our movies. they became more sexually explicit, more shameless and more meaningless. I understand its entertainment, but does it HAVE to be mindless? Munni badnaam hui, hoth raseeley, sheila ki jawani, chikni chameli, halkat jawani, JALEBI BAI? I mean, hadd hai yaar, bai ko toh chod do !!!!
Besides sexual innendos and sexualise- ing women, to a country where the average crowd has more than enough vulgarity, rapists, cheapsters and sexually frustrated men, there is no other thing these songs have accomplished. For the performing stars, lots of money, and for the movie, an attraction that brings in more lewd viewers. Thats all they are there for, just stuffed into a movie to beckon cheepdey. Lekin hamare desh mein waisay hi bahot kameeney aur rapist hain, toh ab jo bechaarey kisi bhi tarah utne kameeney nahi huey hain ke har ladki mein chikni chameli dhoodengey, TOH UNKI SHARAFAT KO KYUN LALKAAARNA HAI???
So these songs vulgarised and cheapened our music and our movies with their videos and lyrics. But theres still those songs that arent even dirty but theyre pretty mindless.
“ABCD padhali bohot
Thandi aahein bhar li bohot
Acchi baatein karli bohot
Ab karungi tere saath
“O ri chhori chhichhori
O chhede hume chingam chabake
Main bhi chhora chichora
Chipak jaaun chumbak lagake”
Yeeeahh. I thot music was for expressing some kind of emotion. And connecting people. Im not sure i can connect to ‘dhat teri ki, main ghar nai jaana’. If i did connect to it, ammi would show me whats actually ‘going down tonight’.
There was also ishq waala love, people loved troll-ing that one, i thot it was ok, cuz im a sucker for cheesy stuff. It was kinda stupid, but not chichora stupid or mindless stupid. Somewhere, it touched on the hint of a meaning. So, im sparing it.
And then i see my hero, honey singh, on some channel saying “main iss desh ke youth ki awaaz hoon. i am the voice of the nation”. No, the hell you are not, you stupid-london-polished-but-still-cheap-punjabi-trying-to-be-something-like-a-rapper. I know i shouldnt use honey singh and rapper together, but hes just that: a WANNABE rapper. Rap has meaning, it has sense. What do you have? Chicks falling over you, you pulling over some chick, lots of swanky cars, lots of alcohol and nangapan and wonderful lessons like:
“Suna tere college mein mere gane ban hai,
Padne likhne ka tera na koi plan hai,
Pass kradu, Phone Ghumadu,
Teri Principal bhi baby YO YO ki fan hai,”
Yay to encouraging the youth to study.
“I swear! Chhoti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu,
Glossy lips, uff yeah tricks,
Baby lagdi e killer,
Oh yeah oh yeah
Katal kare tera bomb figure.”
For what to look for in a partner and compliments to give a girl.
“Chal ri chal re ab side me hoja
Dhundle apna aashik duja
Aira gaira nathu khaira
Fukra sa shehri chuusa
Ja karle tu usse shaadi,
Fir shuru teri barbaadi
Dhoyegi tu kachche,
Aur gande bartann
Dekhegi saas bahu aur durdarshan
Banke reh jayegi tu house biwi
Aur chaubis ghante tera yaar hoga on TV
Phir TV dekh ke tu bahot pachtayegi
Fir yo yo honey yo yo honey singh hi tu gaayegi
Aur bachcho ko sunayegi aur yehi batlayegi
Agar galti se mujhse na hota ye paap
Toh yehi hote bachcho tumhare baap ha.
Upar upar upar upar upar upar in the air
Aa jehdi nachdi ae use bi peeni hai
Ab uski best friend ko fasaaunga
Long drive pe usko le jaaunga
Usko jalaun use bada tadpau
Apni ex ko aaj main sabak sikhaaun
Is baat Is baat Is baat pe uthao haath”
Lessons in maturity and dealing with relationships.
Miss Maqsood: Nahiiii yeh sunaneyy se pehle yeh mar kyun nahi gayaaaaaa!!
Yes, Honey singh, you are exactly what the youth needs. the voice of the youth.Teaching boys its ok to sing cheap songs about girls and grind with chicks and class-less ways to hit on a girl and drive a swanky car because thats what life is all about. NOT.
Yeah, i really hate his lyrics. The songs he’s made for movies are ok though, and i wont judge him for those because those are not his independent creations, they are moulded by the movie and the director and all those film crew. His beats, i will accept, are upbeat and catchy, but thats about it. no meaning, no sur, nada.The reason im hating on him so much is because he is probably the face of music for half of the teens in this country, pumping it out of their cars and blasting it on their ipods.
Nahi yaaaaaaaar, NAHI.
*Background score by Miss Maqsood: dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya hogai bhagwaan kitna badalgaya insaan*
And then, stealing all our words? ab over hora dekho. Pehle subhanAllah in fanaa, then Allah hafiz, then inshAllah and then mashAllah? how about astaghfirullah??? why arent people protesting and crying about this? when theres an uproar for every dumb thing in this country, toh iske liye naarey bazzi kyun nai hori? ab nikaalo na morchey. Or maybe they think slowly we will take over the country if people start singing inshAllah and then a little candle of imaan will spark in their heart? u think its dawah??
it crossed the line when Rahman sahab made that song, with ‘kun fa ya kun’. That was just TOO MUCH.
Just bring kal ho na ho back. Bas, ab mujhse aur bardaasht nai hota.
P.S- Contrary to what it looks like, im not a music addict, i just like listening to quality music now and then. i had to actually research for this post. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_item_numbers_in_Indian_cinema