Bollywood songs, more formally known as Hindi film songs, or filmi songs are songs featured in Bollywood films. Derided in Western film circles for the song-and-dance routine, Bollywood songs, along with dance, are a characteristic motif of Hindi cinema which gives it enduring popular appeal, cultural value and context. Hindi film songs form a predominant component of Indian pop music, and derives its inspiration from both classical and modern sources. Hindi film songs are now firmly embedded in North India’s popular culture and routinely encountered in North India in marketplaces, shops, during bus and train journeys and numerous other situations. Though Hindi films routinely contain many songs and some dance routines, there are not musicals in the Western theatrical sense; the music-song-dance aspect are an integral feature of the genre akin to plot, dialogue and other parameters.
Style and format
The language of Hindi movie songs, generally termed Hindi, can be complex. Some Hindi songs are saturated with Urdu and Persianterms and it is not uncommon to hear use of English words in songs from modern Hindi movies.Several other Indian languages have also been used including Braj, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Rajasthani. Occasionally a few lines in other Indian languages are used as well.
In a film, music, both in itself and accompanied with dance, has been used to for many purposes including “heightening a situation, accentuating a mood commenting on theme and action, providing relief and serving as interior monologue.” There are many famous Hindi songs lyrics writer in India who write songs and playback singer sing them with the music composers help who make these songs more interesting and listenable.
Songs in Bollywood movies are deliberately crafted with lyrics often written by distinguished poets or litterateurs (often different from those who wrote the film script), and set to music, carefully choreographed to match the dance routine or script of the film. They are sung by professional playback singers and lip-synched by the actors. Bollywood cinema is unique in that the majority of songs are seen to be sung by the characters themselves rather than being played in the background. Film songs have been described as eclectic both in instrumentation and style. They often employ foreign instruments and rework existing songs, showing remarkable inventiveness in the reinvention of melodies and instrumental techniques.