Did Bollywood Really Die?

by Raakin Iqbal

Welcome back to the blog! Well I am sure you are scratching your head about the title I have chosen for this blog post. So before I start lets play a classic game of “Lets guess what does Raakin’s Blog title mean?”..Did Bollywood really die? Is SRK ok? Did Bollywood copy a “writers” strike as how it took place in Hollywood earlier in 2008? Well what can I say, you are so wrong. Bollywood did not literally die, If anything happened to SRK, I am sure I would not be your 1st source in hearing that, Your Desi Hungama Mobile SMS Subscriptions would tell you 1st, and We know Bollywood is a big copy cat machine in movie concepts but no Bollywood will still have more movies coming towards your way in 2009.

The real meaning of of this post is did all the Bollywood song writers die? Well at least the creative ones? What do I mean? Well I have notices that in the past 7 years of Bollywood music compositions is that the lyrics for Bollywood musical hit tracks are the exact same lyrics from 10-26 years ago as according to research and very reliable Bollywood Music Junkies that I have in my group of friends on my Facebook. Some old examples I can give you it the very popular DJ DOLL “remixed” CD collections or the recent Bollywood movie number from the movie “Bachna Ae Haseeno” Its quite a really old song. Do the research.

So again, back to the title. SO why does it say “Did Bollywood Really Die?” and not “Did Bollywood Musical Creativity Really Die?” The 3 things which keeps Bollywood Different from Hollywood:

1.) It Represents the Indian Culture (Well not anymore as much as it did back 15+ years ago)
2.) Its in Hindi (English is blending in quite slowly..give it 35 more years and Hindi will be gone)

The Main Key Aspect which keeps it Different:
3.) Bollywood Musical Intermission Numbers which go out through out the motion picture.

Movie without any musical numbers? Well there are a few but Bollywood Musical Numbers is almost 89% of Bollywood, without a catchy soundtrack, it gets quite hard to remember the movie. Like for instance if I Say “Darka Disco” you know “BOOM its OM SHAANTI OM” which starred SRK…

Haven’t you also noticed how more recent Bollywood numbers are coming from Pakistani song writers? For example “CALL the Band for Laaree Choote”, Kamran Ahmad for “Judai” Could I forget to mention Atif Aslam and Adeel Ch. Like I am not saying its bad…(I cant cause iam part Pakistani)…Its good..really good that they have opened up to Pakistan…but wasn’t Bollywood created to be Indian Only back 40 years ago and Pakistan has there “Lollywood” Gig? What I mean from this paragraph is the creativity of Bollywood Song lyrics coming from Lollywood song writers who did not get the exposure in the Lollywood market due to the suppression and lack of resources? and now there taking out there talent in Bollywood?

Its so bad that I have seen Talented Pakistani writers trying to go to India instead of trying to improve Lollywood cause obviously its “All about the money”. I will get into that in my next post….
Now now, I am not saying Bollywood Musical Writers have ALL died out. I am not saying that. You just don’t get that FULL AMOUNT of Creativity in the big batch of songs we all listen to. Like I know about 10+ years ago you had this awesome musical single that had everyone dancing to and beaming it on there tape players. Now its like 78% of musical tracks are old tracks from our parents and grand parents time and the 22% is actually composed from scratch to finish. A few examples I can give you from recent movies tracks like “Pappu Cant Dance”, or just mentioned example above “Dardi Disco” from OM SHAANTI OM”.

So we need more Bollywood musical writers to be more creative. Lets move on…Redo Bollywood…Have some fun with the lyrics. Anyone who is becoming a aspiring Bollywood Director or Screenwriter, take this INTO consideration. Your movie can suck and have the worst concept behind it, but the music is really what makes it sell. A GREAT example is “JHOOM BARAR JHOOM”. Horrible movie, awesome songs. SO remember that. If you cant afford the SRK, SALMAN KHAN, PRYINKYA CHOOPRA for your next film, just get a creative musical director on board and you will be set!