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Music in the Bollywood Film

Heather Tyrrell and Rajinder Dudrah

in Film's Musical Moments

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623440.003.0015
Music in the Bollywood Film

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This chapter analyses the highly successful Hindi film, Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (Who am I to You…!, 1994), and situates it within the context of Bollywood's emergent global importance. It argues that the enormous popularity of the film can be partly ascribed to its successful combination of ingredients. All films from India incorporate music and spectacle into their narratives, although they do not necessarily integrate them in the style of the classical musical, since in Bollywood cinema music plays an ‘organic’ role that exceeds Western conventions in important ways. The appeal of Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! seemed to lie in the particular way in which it achieved this, while also addressing contemporary anxieties around the relationship between tradition and modernity in Indian culture. The traditional Western forms of the film musical no longer dominate and the diversification of the musical performance in film therefore suggests the need to expand the range of critical approaches to particular modes of popular culture.

Keywords: Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!; Bollywood; music; spectacle; modernity; tradition; film musical; musical performance; popular culture; India

Chapter.  6103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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