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Bollywood Film Music Losing Melody
- Pankaj Kumar Sinha, Special Correspondent           Let us know what you think about this feature article

Today generation working in music world of Hindi films are not able to create great work which will be remembered for years to come. The songs of this era have very short life. The musicians are more influenced by western music than Indian classic melody. Most of us who love music go back and listen to old songs. The music had good melody till end of 19th century with Nadeem Shravan and Anu Malik creating good melodious tracks in their film albums.

With advent of this century, the music in films have become more of noise than sound. You can remember very few films with excellent music in last ten years. Saawariya, Aashiqui2 and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil were few films which had good songs with beautiful music. The melody has been used well for the music of these films.

We have so many music reality shows happening in television like Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Me Pa and so many singers coming. The music quality has gone with times. The films have also changed and it has become more realistic. The way it is going, we may have more song less films in next ten years. The music is losing its importance in the films.

The failure of this goes to music directors and singers, the music has stopped contributing to box office success of the film. Earlier we used to have musical hits at box office. The music of the film was main contributor to success of the film. Aashiqui2 is big example of that. It was not story or film directors or actors but the music was main reason for success of the film.

When you listen to songs of old films, it is pure magic and it relaxes you so well. The singers during those times like Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeskar and Asha Bhosle had equal popularity like actors and got lot of respect in the industry. They sang mostly from the period of 1950 to 1980 but today also their songs still rules the heart. How can we forget songs like 'Kya Hua Tera Waada', 'Tum Kamsin Ho', 'Kora Kagaaz', 'Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko', 'Kuch Tho Log Kahenge' etc? The songs made you fall in love. Their songs are re-mixed constantly for today audience.

In olden times, the singers were voices for certain actors. Mohammed Rafi was voice behind face of Shammi Kapoor in his songs, Mukesh for Raj Kapoor and Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna. The lot of credit to Rajesh Khanna superstardom should go to Kishore Kumar singing famous songs for him. Abhijeet sang lot of Songs for Shahrukh Khan with success and Udit Narayanan for Aamir Khan in his initial career. Today actors have different voices of singers in same film. It doesn't go well for good musical success of the film. There needs to be consistency of voice when singer singing for actor in a film.

The film makers should understand that music is integral part of Indian cinema. The film lovers in our country have passion to listen to film songs. Why not giving good experience to the music loving society? The music directors should go back to the table and understand melody is important for long shelf of the songs. The good music is like accelerating in great speed to box office success of the film.


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