Saturday, February 2, 2008

'How-to' write a song - Bollywood ishtyle



Bollywood lyricists seem to have hit an all-time low. As more movies flood the markets, there is a sudden dearth of good song-writers and the void happens to be filled by every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants to make a quick buck. Of course, we still have the likes of Gulzar who have tried their best to maintain lyricism as an art form. Well, you too could become the new-age lyricist within no time. All it takes is a bit of observation and words will flow in.

Situation 1: Male Lead expressing his love for his heroine.


Must-use words: pyar, ishq, mohabbat, ( More the synonyms for love ,the better) , bechain, hai, dil, (deewana – parwana) , nakhre, dhadkan, saansen.

Must–use phrases: neend ud gaya, chain ud gayi, tera jadoo, main tere upar marta hoon..sapno mein aaye.

To add a dash of Punjabi: soniye, Rab, gal,.. See! It’s that simple.

Situation 2: The Female lead expressing her love ( Note that the above words are included too)

Must-use words: piya, maahi, sajna, -( Focus on synonyms for ‘lover’, this time) ,chunariya, dupatta ( even if your heroine is always dressed in western outfits in the movie)

Must-use phrases: Neend na aaye - Yaad sataaye, (piya – jiya) duet,

For the Punjabi – touch: Mahiya, Rajna, yaara etc.

Situation 3: The 'we're cool’ couple song

Put in english words – crazy, I wanna, yeah..yeah, you’re mine, baby..In short, cut-copy-paste from a Britney Spears track.





Anxious that the lyrics might not strike a chord with the scores of Bollywood music lovers? Fear not! Camouflage comes to the rescue in the form of a catchy tune, superstars flaunting 6-pack abs or curves, semi-clad Russian blondes dancing in the video and lo! --you’ve just engineered a song that will soar up the charts rapidly. The downside – After a year, your composition would be replaced by another similar quick-fix track. Why despair though? You probably would have written that one too. :)

8 comments:

sudarshna.gemini said...

looks like you have heard quite a number of such songs and paid attention to them too. not bad.

Akshata Rao said...

just have a penchant for paying attention to the lyrics..though it's been an unrewarding experience,lately.

Abhijit K Rao said...

Good Blog!!

Guddu said...

Great listening skills u got.... Its really sad to realize how low the lyricists have stooped down. How much crap gets created in the industry, and the saddest part it... so much of this crap actually ends up making money.
Not much is gonna change.... ppl are still gonna love rabba mahive....
And we can still stay in love with the classics.. and write more blog entries making fun of the "modern musical times".....

WandereR said...

The level of the lyrics in bollywood songs has hit a new low altogether. We no longer have the actual SONGS that are worth listening to.Gone are the days of meaningful and melodious songs that took you off to a different land :(.i usually prefer listening to the oldies. The new fever caught by "arbits" is now to make a remix of every damn song they can lay their hands on, so much for their creativity!
yak-yak ( goes to puke )

WandereR said...

Hey!I have put your blog on my blog-roll. hope, you don't mind!

Akshata Rao said...

i don't...but who are u?

renu said...

hmmm!! i agree with u completely.the lyrics have no depth today...
u know that u love a song when u hear it for more than 50 times and still love it.but thats not the case nowadays. u can hear soniye rajna crap for not more than a couple of times.....
ur blog dispaired the lyricsist within me though :)
anyway u have a farhan akhtar to keep the hope up with his unconventional poetry....

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