Welcome to the Hindi / Bollywood rare records section.
Bollywood films are generally musicals, and are expected
to contain catchy music in the form of song-and-dance
numbers woven into the script. A film's success often
depends on the quality of such musical numbers. Songs
from Bollywood movies are generally pre-recorded by
professional playback singers, with the actors then
lip synching the words to the song on-screen, often
while dancing. While most actors, especially today,
are excellent dancers, few are also singers. One notable
exception was Kishore Kumar, who starred in several
major films in the 1950s while also having a stellar
career as a playback singer. K. L. Saigal, Suraiyya,
and Noor Jehan were also known as both singers and actors.
Some actors in the last thirty years have sung one or
more songs themselves.
singers are prominently featured in the opening credits
and have their own fans who will go to an otherwise
lacklustre movie just to hear their favourites. Going
by the quality as well as the quantity of the songs
they rendered, most notable singers of Bollywood are
Suraiyya, Noor Jehan, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle,
Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, Alka Yagnik, etc among female
playback singers and K. L. Saigal, Talat Mahmood, Mukesh,
Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar,
Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam among male playback
singers. Mohammed Rafi is often considered the arguably
finest of the singers that sung for Bollywood, followed
by Lata Mangeshkar, who, through the course of a career
spanning over six decades, has recorded thousands of
songs for Indian movies. The composers of film music,
known as music directors, are also well-known. Their
songs can make or break a film and usually do. Remixing
of filmi songs with modern beats and rhythms is a common
occurrence today, and producers may even release remixed
versions of some of their films' songs along with the
films' regular soundtrack albums.
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