Sunday, 9 September 2012

Bollywood Music - When the Part becomes bigger than the Whole

One of the biggest differences between Bollywood and every other film industry (including Hollywood) is Bollywood music. Right from the first "talking movie" produced in Bollywood, Alam Ara (1931), songs have been an integral part of Bollywood movies. In fact, just after Bollywood experienced sound, a movie Indra Sabha had as many as 69 songs. While the numbers later came down, the quality continued to grow and reached a stage where Bollywood songs virtually became the only form of popular Hindi music in India.

The importance of Songs and Music in Bollywood not withstanding, they were still a part of the movie itself, the commercial success of which was the ultimate goal for everybody. Good music was always the best form of free publicity and often an assurance of success, yet what invariably mattered was the success of the movie itself.