On the occasion of World Music Day, here is a look at few of the Bollywood music-based movies.
Music has been a part of the Indian culture since ages and with its widespread range -of simple melodies to complex ragas, devotional music to folk music- is an integral part of Indian life. Even a recent survey had found that Indian consumers spend 21.58 hours per week listening to music. Bollywood movies are widely known for their song-and-dance sequences but the industry has also produced movies based on music and musicians, that has been widely appreciated by its audiences.
The movie Baiju Bawra (1952) may be termed as the first Bollywood movie with a singer as protagonist. It depicted the tale of a young talented singer, Baiju Bawra who is on a mission to defeat Tansen (greatest classical vocalist in Emperor Akbar’s court) in a musical duel. Abhimaan (1973) and Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) both dealt with two singers getting married and their journey through ego clashes and career issues. While Khamoshi-The Musical (1996) told the story of a young girl with deaf and mute parents aspiring to be a musician and what role music plays in her life, Sur: The Melody of Life (2002) was a music-based movie with singer Lucky Ali as a music teacher who is looking for a special student whom he can polish and turn into a masterpiece.
Rock On!! (2008)
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the movie Rock On!! tells the story of a musical rock band of four college-friends who reunite years later to relive their moments as a rock band. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai and Sahana Goswami, the movie had trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy as its music director. The soundtrack of the movie was one of the highest-selling albums of that year. The movie had a sequel Rock On!! 2 (2016) with the band Magik reuniting with some new faces.
London Dreams (2009)
London Dreams featuring Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Asin is a tale of two friends who create a musical rock band with a group of people and make successful. Though the movie didn’t receive much favour with the audience, it had a few good songs penned by Prasoon Joshi and composed by trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy.
With the music composed by maestro A R Rahman, this Imtiaz Ali directorial provides its audience with a variety of music ranging from thumping rock-based song to soulful sufi melody. The movie featured Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakri in lead roles and is the story of an aspiring singer Jordon or JJ who chases his dream of becoming an international rockstar. The song Sadda Haq (Our Rights) from the movie is a popular youth anthem even today.
Featuring Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan, this directorial debut of Neerav Ghosh showed the story of the life of a famous singer-composer who gives into the world of alcohol and drugs and ultimately loses his hearing. It enumerates the obstacles faced by him to get his life back on track and achieving his goals.
Aashiqui 2 (2013)
Directed by Mohit Suri, Aashiqui 2 became an instant hit with its soundtrack and the chartbuster song Tum Hi Ho. Featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is centred on the relationship between two musicians which is quite turbulent and affected by issues like alcohol abuse and temperament.
Lucknow Central (2017)
An Indian prison film, this movie featuring Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy and Gippy Grewal among others tells the story of how music influences and becomes the part of the life of few of the inmates when they come together to form a band to compete in a event.
Secret Superstar (2017)
Starring Zaira Wasim in the main role of a 15-year old aspiring singer, Meher Vij as her supportive mother and Aamir Khan as a pretentious music director, this movie dealt with various social issues along with music. One of the highest grossing movies with a female protagonist, it accounts the tale of a young girl’s fight against domestic violence and inequality to realise her dreams of being a playback singer.
Fanney Khan (2018)
This musical comedy featuring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkumar Rao tells the story of Fanney Khan, a part-time vocalist of an orchestra who failed to realise his dream of being a singer due to circumstances. He desires to fulfil his dreams through his daughter who has a great voice but is ridiculed for being overweight. The story revolves around how Fanney Khan kidnaps a famous singer in exchange for releasing an album of his daughter’s.