The clock strikes 7 and it is time for bollywood gupshup. So I turn on the TV only to hear Neha Kakkar’s seducing voice-
“Na hosh na khabar hai, Ye kaisa asar hai, Tumse milne ke baad dilbar!” (Come on..Of course I know that you sang those lines in your head!)
And on goes mom’s tape recorder – “Hamare Zamane ke Gaane…” Voice trails off because, 90’s kids are experts in handling those “Hamare Zamane” wale dialogues.
But I don’t think any of us would disagree to the fact that they did actually make better music then. So what happened to the music? Wasn’t evolution a synonym of betterment which applied to every sphere of life? How did we land up with “Aao.. aao na babe” as the chorus to a horror movie music?
Tuck yourselves in because we are about to go on a roller coaster ride starting right from the 70s era of Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai to trace our path all the way to today’s Tera Pyar Pyar Pyar, Hookah Bar.
Let’s start off by saying that the 70s are definitely a part of the “Golden Era” for the music industry. This period gave us songs with the most meaningful lyrics. Be it Love and Romance, Anger or Patriotism, the songs pierce through our hearts even today and the emotions are felt in our eyes in the form of tears. The most prominent lyricist, composers and singers during this time are remembered with great nostalgia and respect for the indestructible pieces of art created by them. To name a few: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, R.D Burman, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi.
It can be termed as the most graceful era for the music industry and was characterized by songs such as – Ye Shaam Mastani, Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge, Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani, Dulhan Chali, Chura Liya Hai..and the list is endless.
This phase can be identified with characteristics similar to the 70s period, predominant with almost the same singers and composers in the industry with an addition of singers and composers like Udit Narayan, Usha Uthup, Alka Yagnik and Bappi Lahiri who had come to stay. This period, just like the 70s, involved the usage of an orchestra for musical backgrounds thereby involving an enormous number of artists for just one song!
Yet it produced another whole new lot of timeless and elegant music and superhit songs like Inn Aankhon Ki Masti Ke, Ek Do Teen, Aaj Phir Tum Pe, Sun Zara Sunn, I Am a Disco Dancer… and as expected, the list is too long.
The 90s and early 2000s-
Let’s say that the future could have been predicted starting from here. The western influence on Bollywood music could be discovered from this period. A number of hit music threads from this period can be sighted such as Urvasi Urvasi, Jaadu hai Nasha hai, Roobaroo, Do U Wanna Partner, Dard-E-Disco, Mayya Mayya and so on.
But do not fail to praise the intermittent soulful songs released during this time like Khwaja Mere Khwaja, Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye, Tere Liye, O Re Piya, Lukka Chuppi and the list is actually not as short as you would expect it to be.
ITS PARTY TIME! And that is usually all the time with every song since 2010. Here we have discovered Munni and Sheila who stuck with Bollywood for quite a lot of time, kaise? “Fevicol Se”.
This period has seen Rap music not only with one artist whose name has Yo Yo in it but also with a Badshah who is not Shah Rukh Khan. Do not forget the wonders created by the Auto Tune technology and digitalised background music, minimizing the need of an orchestra largely. Moreover, competition has stiffened to bring us to such a variety that today, a singer’s expertness and versatility become a crux for his mere existence in the industry.
Baby Ko Bass Pasand hai, Humka Peeni Hai, Pink Lips, Tu Isaq Mera, Main Tera Boyfriend, Disco Disco, Mercy, Pallo Latke and eight years into this, I think we should have gotten tired of the party by now. It has come to a point where many old songs are being remixed with party beats like Tamma Tamma, Kaala Chashma, Dilbar.
Needless to say, originality has been lost.
Yet it has inarguably given us some melodious and moving music to look upto. Moh Moh Ke Dhaage, Sawaar Loon, Saibo, Aayat, Phir le Aaya Dil, Pashmina and for hopeless romantics, maybe Arijit Singh, Amit Trivedi and Armaan Malik save the day.
But really, 2018? Tera Buzz Mujhe Jeene na de?
In my opinion, the growing influence of the West on the Indian lifestyles can neither be ceased, nor avoided. Thus, times have changed and the industry must cater to it’s changed audience.
In conclusion, somewhere between-
“Chaand chupa badal mein, Sharmake meri jaana”
“Kamariya hila de hila de, Najariya mila de mila de”,
We all grew up!
PS: It is not a good idea to try the “Hamare Zamane” wale dialogues with our offsprings with lyrics going-
“Paan me pudina dekha, Naak ka nagina dekha,
Chikni chameli dekhi, Chikna kamina dekha…”