Understanding Bollywood Songs
The Parsi Theater or the popular musical plays in the early 19th century is where the songs of Bollywood originated. Themes and styles of film production in those years were greatly influenced by the Parsi theater musical plays. Even though today, film style and content is so much different than before, the old Hindi songs have remained a part of it. Indian storytelling techniques in Bollywood films have been greatly enhanced by song imaging today which has improved with technology. These Bollywood movies then became a very powerful and effective device for storytelling.
People who watch Bollywood films are mostly of Indian origin across the globe so they are influenced by both the Indian or Hindi culture and the western lifestyle. Both the Hindi culture and western lifestyle combine to help thse movies be widely accepted all over the world. The Hindi culture gives much importance to human emotions and relationships which you can clearly see in Bollywood movies. And these emotions can greatly be expressed through old Bollywood songs. The types of movies that they make range from emotional sagas to patriotic legends, romantic comedies to heart stopping thrillers. Whatever the genre, old songs find an important role to pay in the narrative structure of the story. This is why it is popular with all kinds of audiences. There is entertainment for everybody even by watching just a single movie.
Every happy or sad occasion in the Hindi culture is associated with old Hindi songs. People sing old songs to celebrate, to mourn or to rejuvenate. Whatever reason they have, songs are a popular expression of human emotions and the way of life. Bollywood movies are deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of society, and this is why old Hindi songs have become a powerful device of expression in any dramatic situation of a film story. These old songs will forever be a part of Hindi movies.
The reason why Bollywood films continue to be renowned across the globe is their excessive song and dance sequences. This makes Hindi movies unique and very popular. Bollywood movies continue to use old songs because through these, the audience will not only be entertained but they will easily understand what is being conveyed in the film. When it calls for a romantic scene, a love song is played in the background. Old Bolllywood songs are also played when they want to make the audience laugh or cry with the characters. Even with just these cleverly inserted songs, people will understand the whole story. The use of song medleys have also replaced elaborate scenes so that emotions are enhanced and it provides more significance to the narrative expression by eliminating conversation. There is an increase in dramatic impact with song medleys.