Bollywood tunes: from lyrical to “sex sells”

Valerie Hohman
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As Indian cinema adopts the conventions of its Western counterparts, there’s a stark difference in both the melodies and lyrics of many contemporary Indian tunes compared with those from older Hindi films. “The older songs had so much meaning behind their lyrics,” an Indian friend told me, “These days the lyrics don’t make any sense.” He told me this when I asked him what the lyrics in “Dhoom Machale” mean. Nothing much – but the dance number certainly provides plenty of eye-candy. See for yourself. Look up this tune on YouTube and compare it to a song like “Chura Lia Hai Tumne.” You’ll see why it’s a nice change of pace to take an interest in the oldies.


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