I liked the music so much that I downloaded a couple of songs. Without the subtitles in the movie, I have no idea what is being said in the songs. Still, they are easily enjoyed. What I find most fascinating about this style of music are the beats. Something about Indian music makes you want to get up and move. It is also so pleasing to listen to. With that being said, it has taken me getting older to appreciate the music. I remember in my college days some Indian students blaring their music from the bottom apartment, and it about made me go postal. If I was as wise and accepting as I am today, I would have gladly walked down to their apartment with a case of beer and enjoyed the tunes with them.
To be honest, I don't know if it's technically called Indian music. I imagine there are a large amount of people who think Indie Music means music from India. The little bit of research I did on the topic came back and said it was also described as Hindi music. Maybe a more educated person on the topic can verify the correct name of the music in the comment section below. For now, I will continue to call it Hindi Music, or refer to it as Bollywood music.
What I also liked with this soundtrack is the incorporation of English words into the song. A well versed friend of mine once told me this is typical of Bollywood music, often referred to as Indian English. I mean, why should it not be? America and India are best of friends, right? Actually, it's more like BFFL's.
According to Wikipedia, the most trusted source for legitimate information, Bollywood played a big part in the revival of American musicals in the 2000's. Deep down, I think everyone appreciates a good musical. There's something about bringing a movie to life with song and dance.
A more serious movie, several years ago, waited until the end of the movie to showcase the Bollywood style. I think we all remember Slum Dog Millionaire, the huge hit back in 2008 that included the song "Jai Hoe." This was actually my first introduction to Bollywood and this style of music. Go ahead and admit it, the song you dance to the most on the video game "Just Dance" is the Bollywood song.
Another thing always catching my attention about Bollywood movies is how stunning the female singers are. This is what those in the industry call an "item number," or "item girl." Often times an "item girl" performs a catchy song and dance completely unrelated to the main topic of the film. Whatever sells, right? In order to boost viewership of the movies, the soundtracks are generally released well before the film, causing the soundtrack to end up being more popular than the film itself.
Whatever it is, a lot of time and money are spent on the music in the films, generally leading to its popularity. For the most part, I think American movie soundtracks do the same thing. Music plays such a vital role in all films, and a bad soundtrack can completely destroy a movie.
I was also surprised to read that Bollywood movies rake in over a hundred million dollars in North America. I guess this shouldn't be too surprising since the amount of people from India living in Canada and the United States increases every year. And with that comes the chance of natural born U.S. citizens experiencing this particular genre of movies and music.
With this all being said, I am a fan of Bollywood music. Now, it's not everyday that I listen to it, but two of the songs mentioned in this blog are in my playlist. I enjoy an uplifting beat, even if I can't understand the words. I would prefer to listen too this than the doom and gloom in some certain genres of music. What Bollywood music does most though, is it reminds us that music is supposed to be fun and enjoyed. Music should be celebrated in all forms through dance and interpretations. Music is life, life is music, and Bollywood does a good job bringing it all together.