If you had to go around and ask everyone what Bollywood is and what it comprises of, one of the most common answers would be the music. Let us assume what this industry would be like, if we had none of the melodies or beats to relate it to.
Sholay, without Yeh Dosti by Kishore Kumar, would just be two friends driving in silence to a village and continuing their lives without an establishment of how close their friendship was for the entire movie. Pretty dull right?
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, albeit Pehla Nasha by Udit Narayan, would just be people falling in love without the flying dupattas and that cuteness of Aamir Khan, uff, going on to a cycle race without a background story and rivalry for love since the entire movie is based on the primary romance that the protagonists share.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, without Kabira by Tochi Raina, is practically nothing based on the second half of the movie. No wedding celebrations, can you imagine Bunny and Naina falling in love without Kabira? How would Bunny realise his friendship with Adi and what was he missing on while travelling the world alone? What will the movie even amount to at the end?
You see a pattern? Music in Bollywood is a fundamental aspect to take the storyline ahead or to showcase a huge part of the story without the actors having to act it out.
To list a few – Channa Mereya, the Instrumental Theme from KHNH, Chhaiya Chhaiya, all the music from Taal, Kahin Toh, Tum Ho, these are a few that live with us more than the movie does!
Lootera, Shanghai, Dev D or even Gangs of Wasseypur. Directors like Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap are known for their extensive use of music in movies. Remember Khoya Khoya Chand from Shaitan and Zinda Hoon Yaar from Lootera?
Film promotions are done with music videos that hit more than a million views overnight on YouTube. What’s more? T-Series is set to be the biggest channel on YouTube in the span of a few more months. How is it not believable that Bollywood music is the most cherished and appreciated industry in the world at this point? It totally is.
We wake up to tunes on Mirchi FM or watch upbeat videos on MTV before starting our days, or maybe just stream Saavn or Apple Music to listen to them on the go. It is all around us. Every festival, every occasion, be it a wedding or a birthday party! Clubs have Bollywood nights all the time because that is what you’d listen to when high on life!
Our hearts cry to, dance to or laugh to, other than Bollywood. If you have grown up to it, you are forever going to be connected to it. Every heartbreak, every friendship, every parental and even songs related to your annoying sibling exist, find this array of emotions anywhere else and I will still willingly prove you wrong. Bollywood has the reach to hearts that no other music does and none of the films are even mildly complete without them!