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THE TRANSITION OF “MUSIC THEN AND NOW

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THE TRANSITION OF “MUSIC THEN AND NOW


Once upon a time in Bollywood, music was considered as the integral part of cinema. With time, the world of cinema progressed but gradually descended the quality of music into becoming a processed, technological reproduce. The time is ripe now to understand the journey of music in the world of Bollywood so let us have a quick musical read and ride into the music of then and now!


Cinema is a channel of communication where the artists convey a million thoughts rolled into a piece of a film. Considering Indian Cinema, music has been one of the most significant aspects till date where a song was especially created to convey particular emotions. The time and space of the song is decided and brainstormed beforehand in order to avoid any glitches during the shoot. The singers and lyricists are involved throughout and the director ensures and prepares the team to travel without any geographical hindrance to shoot the song in its optimum best. Remember the graceful performance of Waheeda Rahman on the song ‘Aaj fir se jeene ki tamanna hai,’ the director travelled all the way to Chittorgarh Fort to shoot this song and we cannot deny the fact that the song deserved a destination like that. Likewise, we have been taken to multiple locations like Iceland via Gerua song, Goa via Dil Chahta hai, Netherlands via Dekha ek ye khawab from Silsila and the list is unstoppable. But the songs were not always about their beautiful locations but their lyrics and composition as a whole. Listen along with me, the melodies of the past and present.


UNDER THE CATEGORY OF ITEM NUMBERS


MEHBOOBA (SHOLAY)





 


 

 



 

 


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The song is composed and sung by R D Burman and is one of the best item songs till date. It is almost impossible to forget the goofy dance moves of Helen amidst the noir lighting and music. The entire composition and the melodious voice of Burman sets the mood immediately.


CHIKNI CHAMELI( AGNEEPATH)





 


 

 



 

 


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Without denying the beauty of Katrina Kaif with perfectly kohled eyes and fierce dancing, the song went well with the audience and became the star of multiple parties and weddings. The singers were Shreya Ghosal and Ajay-Atul but which item song would you prefer the most?


Both the songs are remarkable in their approach but ‘Mehbooba’ still stands unbeatable.


UNDER THE CATEGORY OF ROMANTIC MELODY


YE HAWA YE RAAT YE CHANDANI (SANGDIL)


There are multiple romantic songs from the past which you must have been guessing under this category from the list which have been remixed and represented in front of you like Aaj janey ki zid na karo, lag ja gale, jab koi baat bigad jaye and many others and undoubtedly, this list is remarkably mesmerizing. But the song ‘ye hawa’ choreographed between Madhubala and Dilip is an absolute gem, pleasant and swift like the wind of a wintry night. The song is sung by Talat Mehmood and is one of the best songs of the movie Sangdil.


IBAADAT (BAJIRAO MASTANI)


A larger than life set and the soulful voice of Arijit took away million hearts. Also, Deepika and Ranvir further enhanced the song and made fans go bonkers over the artsy of Sanjay leela Bhansali. Both the songs of two extreme eras are a treat to the sore ears but one can always have a preference!


UNDER THE CATEGORY OF MELANCHOLIC MUSIC


AAJ PURANI RAAHON SE( AADMI)


The song filmed on Dilip Kumar sung by Mohammad Rafi is still fresh in our hearts and minds. The song which sings out the pain inflicted by the past in the most melodious way possible is also one of the best melancholic songs of all times.


PHIR LE AAYA DIL(BARFI)


A film by Anurag Basu went on to receive multiple recognitions not only for its screenplay, direction but also music. Phir le aaya dil topped the charts with the release of Barfi and went on to be loved by a million fans.


UNDER THE CATEGORY OF LIGHT HEARTED SINGING


SAR JO TERA CHAKRAYE( PYAASA)


A song by Mohammad Rafi from the movie Pyaasa filmed on Johnny walker is also a sign of an era in Bollywood where the comedians and character artists were given equal recognition and space with special songs meant for them in the film. Johnny Walker is a treat to watch in this song which can uplift your mood anytime.


MATARGASHTI( TAMASHA)


The song is fun to watch amidst the playfulness of Deepika and Ranbir sung by Mohit Chauhan from the film, Tamasha. The song actually gets you into the ‘matargashti’ mood making you sing and dance along. You can always seek some mental escape listening to any of the two or any other mood uplifting song of your choice. Both the eras have multiple chosen songs for your ailing mood.


UNDER THE CATEGORY OF INSPIRATIONAL SONG


KISI KI MUSKURAHATON PE HO NISAR( ANARI)


This song must have become an anthem during corona. A song by Mukesh filmed on Raj Kapoor gets your spirits high by immediately instilling you with a new zeal to beat all the negativity around. The song will be forever considered as one of the best inspirational songs from a Raj Kapoor movie and in the history of indian cinema.


ZINDA(BHAG MILKHA BHAG)


There are multiple songs produced in Bollywood which are subtle life lessons if you listen to them carefully. Take ‘Zinda’ as an example from Bhag Milkha Bhag picturized on Farhan Akhtar who makes you both a racer and a winner through a song.


This was just a rough comparison of the pattern of music which has evolved over the years in Bollywood. I tried to carefully choose the best matches from the Past and Present without picking up the songs with mind numbing lyrics and beat because a better comparison can be made only between the best of both the times. One can easily notice the song which has continued to live during a time when almost everyone has turned into a musician.





 


 

 



 

 


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