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Ratna Shah
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Bollywood films are mostly musicals, and are expected to contain catchy music in the form of song-and-dance numbers woven into the script. A film s success often depends on the quality of such musical numbers. Indeed, a film s music is often released before the movie itself and helps increase the audience. However......in contemporary times, films without music is gaining more popularity like Bheja Fry, A Wednesday and so on. Do you think modern film music is loosing its charm? or is music and storyline together not being composed properly...Lets discuss....

Posted On : 4/13/2009 11:59:23 PM

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Kiran Kabiraj
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I think song less Bollywood films provide more of sensible message than irritating music of contemporary music composers. I loved the film A Wednesday and Bheja Fry. I would also like to add another name i.e Nach......this film was all about dance that is interlinked with songs, but hardly any songs were there in the film. The film may not be a big hit, but its message was crisp and clear with bold moves........................Songless Bollywood movies are much smart than the other ones

Posted On : 4/14/2009 1:23:15 AM

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Suchismita Aditya
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You are right Ratna, Bollywood films without song and dance are gaining popularity these days. I completely vote for the topic that at present modern music is seriously losing its charm. Indian music is a branch which is formed on the complex amalgamation of Indian classical music, popular melodies ingrained in the musical sound. It is a derivation of the Indian culture, and a blend of very modern sounds which is typical of classic English rock and pop. However, contemporary music seems to have dropped its charisma day by day. The current Bollywood music mostly appears to have surprising amount of influence of western rock or pop. Most of the movies lack the up to the mark lyrics and thus do not reflect the cultural setting of the society. Gone are the days, when we got to hear so much from Majrooh Sultanpuri, Harivanshrai Bacchan, Indeevar, Sameer as well as Mehboob. The music and lyrics composed by them are still hummed and remembered till today. But at present somehow the music, lyrics and storyline do not go parallely. Somewhere there is a loophole which is to be identified. We can still expect from brilliant talents in the industry such as Bappi Lahiri, A.R Rahman, Javed Aktar, Shanker Mahadevan, Loy, Pritam Chakraborty. The score produced by them needs to be more original, meaningful and should have the appeal of touching the heart.

Posted On : 4/14/2009 2:05:50 AM

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Prerna Gupta
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Songless films definitely have some serious message, however the basis for Indian music is sangeet . Sangeet is a combination of three artforms: vocal music, instrumental music and dance. Although these three artforms were originally derived from the single field of stagecraft. Today these three forms have differentiated into complex and highly refined individual artforms. Thus I feel some tinge of music in films make it more acceptable to the audience, also giving an entertaining touch to the package.

Posted On : 4/14/2009 2:44:08 AM

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Darshil Jal daru khanewala
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Hello all... First song less Hindi film was kanoon By B.R. CHOPRA. BR always tried to walk on unusual path as far as subjects of films are concerned. Anacdote says that he was attending some foreign film festival when somebody commented that Hindi films are just conglomeration of songs and dances and few emotional scenes and Indians cant make films without putting songs in them. BR Chopra took it as challenge and thus begun making of Kanoon- a film having no song. The year was 1960 and Kanoon proved that without song the films can be a great hit. A nice B&W crime/murder mystery drama to watch. Direction and pace of the film is good. Acting deptt is good. dialogues are good. I love this songless film

Posted On : 4/14/2009 5:20:49 AM

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Anjana chakraborty [Guru]
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Songs and music are an indispensable part of Indian cinema. Even in the Silent era of filmmaking it was the presence of music that conveyed the mood of the film. Till date in Indian films song is important for filmmakers. Hence the role of music directors in Indian cinema is quite important in this industry. Whether it is the Bollywood or the Tamil film industry or any other, music is essential. Indian film music industry is lucky to have been blessed with remarkable singers. If one hears these voices it is impossible to forget the melody in them. Since ages songs and dances have expressed those emotions which words fail to explain. I do not feel that Indian music is loosing its charm.. Yes some movies are there without music ,. but in case story demands then its fine. However it again demands a wonderful presentation ... For example lets take the Ek Ruka hua faisla .. There z no music i agree yet it is one of its kinds. Now lets take another example - Umrao Jaan, the sngs weaves the magic of this movie. The haunting tunes, the soul soothing crescendos, the soul searching Indian movie songs and awe inspiring Indian dances can never fade away..

Posted On : 4/14/2009 5:29:47 AM

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Darshil Jal daru khanewala
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How can we forget the success of Black took Sanjay Leela Bhansali to an altogether new plane of passion and perfection The movie was songless.. Yet had a tune of its own.. which surpassed even a number of song filled movies.. what sat

Posted On : 4/15/2009 1:06:54 AM

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Kiran Kabiraj
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You are very correct Darshil Sir.....the film Black is a complete exceptional one, Black made an all-time record at the Filmfare Awards by winning eleven awards, beating the previous record holders: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 and Devdas 2002 of ten wins each. The film did not have any songs but had a soothing background music that is credited to Monty Sharma.

Posted On : 4/15/2009 10:57:04 PM

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Neeraj Swaroop Sharma
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The music in the bolywood films is generally catchy to attract the listeners. The bolywood film without songs i have seen and found that those are also very effective. I remember that Khamoshi and Kanoon were the two films which i save seen were not having any song, the theme of the film, acting of the staff and background music was so effective that we cant even thought of any song.

Posted On : 4/21/2009 2:09:12 AM

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Dipen Guha
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Friday, December 25, 2009
Songs in Bollywood have been traditionally in vougue in order to underline the magnitudes of sequences. Consequently, songs are used as the essential instrument to effect an added ambience to the situation. In the bygone eras, the makers of films strained nerves with the number of songs to be added to, and the scripts were made accordingly. In the initial phase, Indian cinema was rather theatrical, if not operatic. Naturally, the songs were used as tearjerkers and compound raptures. In terms of mythological movies songs used to be the crying needs. Indra Sabha Court Dancer is said to have 72 songs. Even till 70s each movie would hold eight songs as average. B.R. Chopra broke the ground with Kanoon , a film without any song. There came another movie Yaade Directed by Nargis Dutt, and Sunil Dutt as the sole actor . The movie was released in 1965. Mrinal Sen made his epoch-making film Bhuban Som in 65 and it had no song. In 1970 Yash Chopra made a suspense-thriller Ittefaq with the-then superstar Rajesh Khanna. The script was so tightly knited that even one song was sure to tell upon its temperament. Simulteneously, the parallel cinema setforth a number of experimentally made movies which had no songs. Basu Chatterji s Ek Ruka Hua Faisla made in mid 80s had no song. In recent times, the number of songs in a film has receded considerably. Some are without any viz. A Wednesday or Black . It seems, Indian film-world is becoming more pragmatic and mundane, and songs are used when situations demand. Rekha in Umrao Jaan cannot be thought of without songs, and the same Rekha in Astha, the Prisoner of Spring has been accepted.

Posted On : 1/7/2010 10:49:47 AM

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Dr Sanjay Sadhu
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There is no denying the fact that Indian cinema has come of age and movies are not dependent on music. Songs are put in movies and certainly infuse life in the movies but at the same time absence of songs do not kill a movie provided that it is made well. It is a tribute to the Indian cine goers and has made movie makers more bold and experiment more. The result is that we are getting top class movies.

Posted On : 1/12/2010 1:17:25 AM

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