Rohan’s mother announces very proudly to her guests at her son’s birthday party, “Just listen to my son singing, he sings so well that even I could not believe.” Then she asks Rohan to sing, “Beta, Just sing that latest song you have learned!” And Rohan after few tantrums does start to sing.
“Suno mere veero, suno mere veero
Suno mere veero ajj meri kahaani
Main sofiyan da raja nashe ch meri rani rani
Paani vi nahin paundi jadon drink si banaundi
Gatt gatt khicchi jaandi dasso main kay karoon hoo”
So, Rohan gets all the applause and his parents are filled with great pride inside that their son is as good as Yo Yo Honey Singh.
It might feel great to a lot of people but I feel hurt that this generation has forgotten what great music was all about. Sadly, Himesh Reshammiya has replaced R.D. Burman and Honey Singh has thrown away Jagjit Singh.
How many of the young people sing “Humey tumse pyaar kitna yeh hum nahi jaante, magar jee nahi sakte tumhare bina” or “Zindagi kaisi hai paheli”. I know you cannot expect the musicians today to make songs which were accepted only 20 years back. The times have change, cinema has changed and the requirements have changed too. But it does not mean that lyrics must also be sacrificed for the sake of modern music revolution.
The fact is 90% of the songs produced in India are from Cinema and Cinema has changed drastically in the last 20 years. So, with the change in the kind of cinema, there has been a change in music too. I am alright with this change but the question here is ‘what has led to decline in writing of songs?’
A lot of people answer with the statement that “Listeners, these days, want to listen to “Hookah bar” and “Character Dheela hai”. At a recent event, Javed Akhtar, too started to advocate this thought when his wife and Actress who was sitting in the audience stood up and said, “It is very unfair to say that audiences and listeners want such ugly lyrics these days. In the 90’s when a song called ‘Sar kailo Khtaiya jaada lage’ became a hit, simultaneously there was a guy called Javed Akhtar who wrote ‘Ek Ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga’ and that became a hit too, I think listeners still have ears for good lyrics or people like Prasoon Joshi and Gulzar would go unemployed.”
There is something wrong with either the Filmmakers/musicians or us – the listeners. Are we inclined more towards a “Dope shop” or do we have our heart singing “Jashn-e-Bahara”? The question is needed to be answered. The answer is simple – The youth today has been deprived of good songs. Look at the quality of songs that is there to be listened to.
But to some extent, the fault lies with us too.
With all the gang rape and eve teasing talks revolving, how does a common man accept a song like “mai toh tandoori murgi hu yaar, gatkale saiyan alcohol se” which means that “I am a Hot flesh of chicken, darling! Come and bite me with a sip of alocohol.” The most bizarre situation is when you see 10 year olds dancing to such songs and their parents chanting , “My daughter dances to this song beautifully!”
Are we living in a society where on one hand we speak of woman being mishandled in this country and on the other hand we portray them as Hot Flesh of chicken in a song? Are we taking away our kids from great songs to this cheap, ugly kind of music?
I know that a song might not cause a gang rape but it does leave an impact on your mind. It does tell a lot about the society we live in. I know we live in the country where we have freedom of speech and expression but that does not mean we can say and sing anything. There are limits attached and one should adhere to them.
But I hope. I do hope that musicians will understand that listeners do want good music. I hope that lyricist will come up with some great writing and amaze us.
Let us not as music lover bow down to a guy whose first album was called “CHUT” (VAGINA)!