The charm of Old Bollywood songs
It was night time. My parents had gone to sleep and I was sitting on the couch with my laptop on the table, listening to some songs…’1920 returns‘, the new horror movie by Vikram Bhatthad such great songs in it…’Apna mujhe tu lagaa‘ by Sonu Nigam was kind of great and just then something happened…
Out of nowhere the song ‘Mere mehboob qayamat hogi‘ from the movie Mr.X in Bombay started to play and I was shocked to listen to it….(Actually I had opened Youtube and the song had been played earlier by a friend of mine) The song had such great melody and it had heart wrenching lyrics.
The only thought that lurked in my mind was that the charm of Old Bollywood songs can never get out of sight. New Bollywood songs like ‘Chikni Chameli’ (I hate this song) and some romantic ones like ‘Teri Meri prem kahani‘ are adorable. But they do not have the ability to remain in the minds of the people around.
They are songs that can adapt to the surrounding temporarily and not like the songs like ‘Pyar hua ikrar hua’ from Shree 420 or ‘Pyar kia to darna kya‘ from Mughal-E-Azam that are still reminding people of the beautiful musical era that has gone by in the past.
‘Old is Gold’ and other proverbs in most of the cases seem to be useless otherwise. But when it co
mes to songs and music, I am a follower of this proverb. The old Bollywood songs in every way are one step ahead or I must say an entire ladder ahead of the new Bollywood fusion, rock and remix songs played in the discos or at the parties.
In earlier times, singers like Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle created magic with their voices and gave us so many musical hits that can’t be matches. Someone had told me once that ‘Music needs to have a soul in it and the listener must feel what the singer is trying to convey through his singing style…’
There are songs out there in the new era that cut through deep in the heart and one wants to listen to them regularly but still, it is the old ones that have the formula to heal the mind and heart of all the tension.
In this fast-paced world with all the hectic working schedules of the people, it is not a high-paced remix song that is going to work. But the slow paced, stress relieving Old songs that are going to calm the mind and heart and help one to feel refreshing from the day’s work and move ahead for a better future.
I just hope that no one forgets the old Bollywood charm that I know cannot come back. But the new talent emerging can at least try to make music of that level and at least create something more soulful and touching which creates a permanent image in the hearts of the people who listen to the music…