Music is no longer a food for soul now, especially if we talk about Bollywood lyrics. I still wonder why the quality of (Indian Cinema) lyrics is deteriorating so much since last few decades.
Those were the golden days of Indian Cinema when movies were known for their hypnotic songs penned with meaningful emotions. Until today, every time I listen to, “Zindagi ka safar hai yeh kaise safar or Zindagi ke safar mein gujar jatey hai jo mukam,” I feel like I am in the flashback of my life.
The people of my generation (late 70s and early 80s), they do know what I am talking about. The famous poets and gems of Indian Bollywood Lyrics – Sahir ludhianvi, Rajendra Krishan, Hasrat Jaipuri, Anand Bakshi, Shailendra, Majrooh Sultanpuri and many more; must be cursing for the damage that today’s songwriters are causing to the poetry.
“Poetry means bouncers; make us sleep. Ghazals are for depressed souls. Who cares about what the writer is trying to say, it has to be loud!”
In order to survive in the music industry, a few self-proclaimed writers or I would like to address them as a few conscienceless creatures (calling them poets would be an insult to the other poets and poetry itself) are ‘on-their-marks’ for a mass destruction.
“Gali do aur gaana ban gia.” This is what happening nowadays. “Lyrics are so dirty now. As a listener, I feel repelled. I don’t say songs should have devotional words, but it should be something which sounds good to mind and heart, but all I see is poor writing,” – says Richa Sharma (established Bollywood playback singer).
We are actually now falling for western tunes and lyrics. From the last few couple of years, we are witnessing a drastic ideological shift within us.
We have completely lost it. For most of us, “poetry means bouncers; make us sleep. Ghazals are for depressed souls. Who cares about what the writer is trying to say, it has to be loud, bus!”
“Arey yaar, demand hai , log suntey hai.” We as a listener are equally responsible for favoring “Useless and meaningless doom doom.”
It is not that we now have no more good listeners. There is still an elite class who love to listen only meaningful songs.
No offense, only those with good intellectual levels can understand poetry. Admit it, you would love to put songs like “Teri yaad saath hai or Sandese Aate Hai” on repeat and you feel no embarrassment if you see hear your kid or sibling humming these unlike if he is mimicking, “Bheegey Hont Tere or Boss D.K.”