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Relationships' swansong

chandigarh Updated: Jul 31, 2012 10:58 IST
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When was the last time you heard a relationship, other than man-woman, on song in a Bollywood film? The cultural lilt has clearly changed, gone off key, some would lament, if Hindi film music is the sound of social change.

Though many notes are absent, what strikes most discordantly is the missing kinship. The stubbornly sweet "dadi amma", the "nani" whose peahen has been taken away, the "pappa" awaited by children, the saviour "bhaiyya", the teased-to-tears "didi", the adorable assortment of fist-clenched "nanhe-munne" complete with frolicking-in-frock "munni".

A train of extended family - not to miss the "yaar-dost" - which kept the track of sweet and sour familial ties through annals of Indian cinema has been derailed by a different din.

What we do hear is a DK Bose denouncing his "daddy", a young man falling for his "brother ki dulhan", boy flirting with "aunty ji" who is ready to "get up and dance". While "Papa Toh Band Bajaye", other 'respected' ties take a sound beating too in our contemporary films.

But for the 'womanyia' and her many avatars - Shiela, Munni, Chikni Chameli, Chhamak Chhallo, Jalebi Bai, Anarkali, to name a phew (!) - every other item has been removed from the great Indian potboiler.

The filmi "ghar sansaar" was perhaps mortgaged in the 1980s. An evident bankruptcy of ideas passed off as formula films, which made a lot of noise but little music, let alone a song or two for a relative.

"Papa kehte hain" in 1988, repaid some family loan. That also explains why "Maa" from 'Taare Zameen Par', stirred collective conscience and fetched writer Prasoon Joshi nation's affection.

Whether relationships are generally facing the music in newfound consumerist India or Indian cinema is getting too real and to the point is for social scientists and film critics to decide. As a humdrum listener, who is by default related to some or the other person, it is difficult to find familial reference in relation to a song.

Till then we don't mind replaying a "Babloo-Dabloo" on a child's birthday or a "Yaar Ki Shaadi" to let friends break into an impromptu jig in any marriage party.

Now that Raksha Bandhan is tugging closer, do we even have to think about THE song?