Updated: May 3
Bollywood movies are not complete without a song sequence. Some from 1-2 songs and some to 8-10 songs. This may seem like a musical for those of you new to this type of cinema. Bollywood, the name given to India’s Mumbai-based movie industry, is the world’s largest filmmaking entity — the largest the planet has ever seen. This makes sense since India is the second largest population in the world.
India does not really have that many cinemas for people to go to – less than 13,000, versus almost 40,000 in the U.S. (a country which has only one-fourth of India’s population). Still, with 1,000 films produced annually (about double Hollywood’s output), Bollywood is the world’s most prolific cinema factory.
Bollywood songs can make or break a film. They are an essential part and many songs have reference to animals, flowers, sports, birds amongst other things. Let’s talk about birds in Bollywood songs. Here are few of my favorites:
Ek thaa gul aur ek thi bulbul: Movie – Jab jab phool khile, 1965.
Teetar ke do aage teetar: Movie – Mera Naam Joker, 1970.
O Hansini… kahaa ood chali: Movie- zehreela Indian, 1974.
Kabootar ja ja: Movie- Main ne pyar Kiya, 1989
Here are a few more:
Pinjare ke panchhi re: Movie- Naagmani, 1957
Do Hanson ka jooda bichhad gayo re: Movie: Jamuna, 1961
Tota tota sajan se kehna: Movie: First love letter, 1991.