Bollywood News: Is Bollywood Music Becoming Trite and Stereotypical?

Bollywood News: Is Bollywood Music Becoming Conventional and Stereotypical?
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Bollywood News: Is Bollywood Music Becoming Conventional and Stereotypical?
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In Bollywood news, Benny Dayal proves stereotypes and remakes aren’t only an American music problem.

Top Bollywood singer Benny Dayal strongly believes music in the industry has become stereotyped and even conventional in certain ways.

Better known in the business for indi-pop songs like Let’s Nacho and Badtameez Dil, Benny Dayal said,

I feel Bollywood music has got stereotyped and conventional in certain aspects. As audiences, we need to be more receptive to change and accept newer trends which I’m hoping will happen over a period of time.”

But, why? Similar to Hollywood with a recent surge in remakes, Bollywood music currently sees a resurge in old numbers. This includes numbers like Dheere Dheere, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho and Khoya Khoya Chand. Benny Daval believes Bollywood is just playing it too safe.

“Movies are just revamping old songs and playing it safe. More risks can change the scenario for the better rather than remaining stagnant.”

Is there a way, then, to create a successful song, without confirming to stereotypes and conventional standards? In this day and age, probably not.

There is no set formula to determine the success of a song today because there is an overkill of content. People have short term memories and the consumption is quick so it’s about survival of the fittest.

The 32-year old playback singer was a member of S5. Music channel SS music launched the group back in 2004. Sony BMG signed and worked with the band. S5 only released one album. One year after their contract ended, the group split up. Former members include Suvi Suresh, Bhargavi, and Bollywood actress Anaitha Nair. Before that, Benny Dayal was an event planner with RR Donnelly.

Dayal currently enjoys over 119,000 followers on Twitter. Benny’s Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes. So, what is the singer currently up to? He will participate in The Voice India Season 2 as a coach. He said,

I’m working on my English EP (extended play) with my band Funktuation and also a series of singles with my fellow musician brother and friend Dub Sharma.

3 Responses

  1. Wham Bam Shang-a-lang

    Having Punjabi neighbors I hear a lot of it (blasting through the walls…) and it sounds like it always has .. except you can now hear production tricks like auto-tune/pitch correction and 4/4 beats and it’s now being made on DAWS .. even vocal triggering and other effects are being employed..

    But the actual songwriting doesn’t seem to evolve (to my western ears) .. I suppose they like it as it is..

  2. Vinay

    Most of the hit songs in Bollywood are romantic songs. I loved to listen to them specially Arijit Singh’s song. Punjabi songs are also taking a place in Bollywood industry.