What is up with Bhangra songs and hindi lyrics and whats up with white people speaking hindi in Bollywood movies? That’s what struck me as I went to watch Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and listened to Yo Yo Honey Singh‘s “High Heels” track with some painful hindi in it. I am the first one to admit that my hindi isn’t all that, but really trying to rap in hindi when your first language is something else is just plain dumb. The beat is catchy but wow can someone hire them a song writer or someone perhaps who can speak Hindi fluently at least? Or perhaps it can be bad Punjabi like in Imran Khan‘s new track “Satifya” which really after 4 years is just Amplifier part 2. What happened to meaningful lyrics and characters? Which leads me to my next annoyance. What was up with the white people speaking in Yeh Jawani? I would think if it was pertinent to the story line, I would buy it, but to have them without so much as an explanation was just perplexing. I probably sound racist, but it just threw me off that there were white characters randomly in the movie who had substantial roles but no back-end story. I need logic of some sort in my music and movies.
I have taken up my old passions and they are lacking, and it saddens me. I don’t even know where to find new desi urban music, and what am I finding is just plain unimaginative and not relevant to me. Maybe I am just getting old. Yes, or maybe I am old already. Either way it’s a sad.
- BOTOWN: Where Bollywood found its funky soul (halfeatenmind.wordpress.com)
- Top 25 Bollywood Hindi Songs 2013 (expertscolumn.com)