How to write lyrics for bollywood movies
Vani at white phosphorous has written an interesting post on Hindi songs with wacky lyrics. Post listed some Hindi famous songs which dont deserve to be hits. Those songs never made any sense lyrically.
This reminded me my graduation days where we used to write Hindi “movie” songs. I couldnt help but writing about our contribution.
So having experience of writing bollywood movie lyrics, let me give you few tip how to write a super hit song.
- No experience needed for writing a song, compose background music for it. When we (me and another copyright holder sarkar) wrote some songs and sung it in the middle of the night (in hostels life starts at mid night) the whole hostel went crazy. I guess they were cheering us, most of them were geeks.
- Read news paper, blogs etc. pick a sentence first catches your eyes, write it down. Check Orkut scraps, mail regularly. That can make a great start up line
For example, there was a superhit song in movie “rakshak” Suneil Shetty and raveena:
“ Ladkleeeee haaaan shehar ki ladkeeeeeeeeeee,
aankh churake bole haay haawaryu haay haawaryu haay haawaryu
aank milake bole haaay do you do haaay do you do haaay do you do
Lyricist picked up it from orkut scraps.
- Remember general conversation with your friends, girlfriends etc. keep logging chat and instant messages also. There are some examples which went very super hit in Hindi industry (remember: accha to hum chalte hen…)
- When mention a movie song when I have my own. We framed it some seven eight years back. Though the song is not sold we still hold copyrights of it
Male voice: Maine tumko dekhaaa….
Female voice: kahan dekha..kahan dekha…
Male voice: Maine tumko janaaa….
Female voice: kyajanaa.. kya janaa…..
Male voice: shaadi karogi…
Female voice: na na…. na na… na na…
Both together and chorous: lallalallala…..
We had our dance steps also worked out for this.
- Remember every thing can be music. Koyal ki koo koo me , bachche ki susu me sangeet hi sangeet he.
- Think from other people perspective. Feel for poor, oppressed, refugees, animals, plants anything, and think what they think. For exmple : Main character is feeling bad about a stray dog.
paagal kutta meraa… tumse ye Bhonk rahaaaaaaa ..
abto tere bina bhonka jayenaaaaaaaaa…………..
- Finally rants. Write what you think when you are not actually thinking. Insert sounds and words, which no one has any idea. Include political , social cultural and historical events in between. Go crazy. One example:
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa meraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa mera sundar sapna yaad aaya….main banke chidiyan ud gayiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa……. mera sundar sapna yaad aaya……………..dhinka chikir dhin dhinka chikir dhikta tana tana nana na