Why there is always dancing and singing in Indian films?

United States
March 7, 2010 8:07pm CST
I like to watch foreign films, and learn something new about foreign cultures. Recently, the rising of Bollywood films caught my attention. There beautiful girls in Indian films, and their movie quality and script is getting better and better in the recent years. They still keep their cultural dancing style in Indian movies. I still don't understand why the dancing and singing part of Indian movies is so important. Can't they eliminate it, like those Hollywood films? Can someone educate me on this one?
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 10
Hi kingparker, Do you know what I always ask myself when I saw Hindi movie songs? I always want to know how many cloths they will change in a five minutes songs and how far they need to go to finish that songs. How many mountain they need to climb and how many ocean they need to cross? I think it is a culture for Indian films to have a few songs in their films. Just like Hollywood movies, it is hard to see a movie without s e x scene. It is part of the strong point of Indian movie. When you listen to the song, you will automatically remember the movies. I thinks most of the Indian songs are from the movies. I did not know any songs not related to the movies. I love to listen to the songs especially from the Khans. Even though that is not their original voice (most of that song are sing by other people, the star only do miming). Whatever it is, I like to watch Hindi movies especially the comedy one. The latest one is 3 idiots. Very funny one.
• United States
8 Mar 10
I only saw a couple of Hindi films, but necessary with the aid of English caption, otherwise, even they speak English, I have hard time to understand their dialog.
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 10
I also need a subtitle to understand Hindi movies since I do not know a single Urdu word. Their English pronunciation is hard to understand especially for those who does not interact with them frequently. But I like to listen to their songs and music because of the melody and not the meaning of it, even though we sometimes can guess it from their action.
• India
8 Mar 10
Hello, I personally don't like dancing and singing in films. I think its irrelevant. When someone is sad, he can express it with acting alone. There is really no need to play a sad song to emphasize his feeling. Do you really think they don't know it? They understands how frustrating these songs and dances can be to intellectual audience. But still they can't stop it, as there is an entire market that depends on these songs. Thousands of CDs cassettes are being recorded, and there is a whole new category of playback singing. This is being continued since the very origin of Indian cinema. There was of course a time when songs are chosen to suit the situation, and to enhance the mood and to draw more appeal from the audience. But that traditional concept is left far behind. Now its totally business. Nothing more than that. Take care
12 Jul 10
I completely agree with you and like what you wrote on your first 2 lines. The indian movie culture does NOT reflect real life in any society, bar none. No one sings or dances to express their feelings or convey a point in real life, unless they want to come across as retarded. The only reason IMO that this happens is because the logistics and infrastructure to support a music industry on scale of the film industry or on a scale of the music industry in the west simply does not exist. The only channel for music is through the movies. Its funny to hear people say "There is nothing wrong with it. I like it". As if one would then say "Oh if you like it, then it must be ok".
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I like Bollywood dancing and singing, and I think it would be a mistake to take it out of their films. Hollywood makes dancing and singing films (musicals), just not that often, but they're one of my favorite types of movies to watch. What's wrong with South Pacific, the Sound of Music, Camelot, Oklahoma...? I think they're pretty cool.
• United States
8 Mar 10
Well, even though I don't understand their singing lyrics, they seems have pretty good dancing style and singing voice. I just don't understand what is the purpose and what is the main concept on this dancing within a film. It is a love story, pretty understandable why they dance. But if it is a comedy film and a action movie, why with that dancing?
@honeylore23 (1086)
• United States
8 Mar 10
In my side, I think it is just part of the Indian culture and tradition, and the reason they always have it in their movie is because they want to preserve and conserve it. By making it appear in all movies they making, they are making it hard to forget. Also it seems it just like a way of imparting their cultures and tradition to the world. I don't see anything wrong with it, and I like it.
@clipsal (160)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 10
maybe because it is part of their culture and they wish to make it as their trademark in their films.
@kat001 (96)
• India
8 Mar 10
Almost all Indian films have dancing and singing because that is the way they have been used to similar to American films not having dancing and singing. Most Indians like and listen only to the film songs contrary to Americans listening to other forms of music. That is the way people have developed their tastes. What looks natural and usual to one group of people is different for other group of people! :)
@1anurag1 (3586)
• India
8 Mar 10
As being an Indian i think i can better answer your question. There are different thing all over the world. and what the differences they have make them unique and attract us. i also love to see hollywood movies. and as well as bollywood movies. i dont know whether you know hindi or not. but some time when ever you see the songs and dance you dont understand you may dont like and get bored. But as we prefer movies for getting relaxed so there is every thing in a package you can say. They just put their feelings in dance and songs.Some time they express better and some time not. They can eliminate them too and make the movies shorter. but the taste and culture of the people here to get the value for money some time. they know the language and music. Hollywood movies mostly based on science fiction and some new subjects. but in most of the bollywood movies you will find the love stories running which have songs and dances with a happy ending. which make them different and unique.
@jaiho2009 (36779)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
hello king, I am not an Indian,but i also had interests with watching foreign films aside from Hollywood. I have watched some Indian films and i also noticed the same thing. So,everytime i watched Indian films i always hold the remote control to push the forward button(ahaha)when it comes to dancing and singing. It is good to see them dancing but,i guess they should lessen the counts. If i may not mistaken...there were 5 intermission in each movie,that makes the movie takes 3 hours or more than. I choose to watch Malayalam movie...i like it better than some other Hindi films.
@bodhisatya (2387)
• India
8 Mar 10
Well, It is great to know that bollywood films are now being watched and most appreciated by the foreign audience. To talk about the songs and the dance, well one can say that we are very much inclined to misic and dance. There would be a song for every possible situation. Whether its a romantic scene, or a sad scene or simply if the actress just wants to know how deep is the love of her beloved. I would rather say the Indian film industry not only gives an oppurtunity to the mere actors/ and actresses, but a wide array of people can also have their fame. Like the choreographer, the male and female singers, the lyricist, the music director, and so on. Sometimes a couple of films have been made where it doesn't have any song but those films are not appreciated by the audience, for instance "My wife's Murder". It were a serious genre film with no songs. It was critically acclaimed but not liked by the people here. It is culture here, and thats the way we enjoy our films.
@dbeast (1500)
• India
8 Mar 10
Indian movies would be incomplete without the songs and the dancing. It is very rare to see such movies like those. The main reason is the audience. The first thing that release is the music of the movie. Half the judgment is done by the songs and the music even before the release of the film. And it brings a sentiment to most of them watching movies in India.
• India
8 Mar 10
Actually song and dance has always been a part of Indian entertainment and India is blessed to have a mind-boggling array of both classical and folk music and dance which in itself is a parallel industry. Also I feel that when people go to the movies or theatres, they expect the movies and theatres to have songs and dances related to their everyday lives…OK it might be highly coloured with heroes and heroines in colourful costumes which never happen in real life but the underlying theme of entertainment is definitely related to songs and dances. A movie without a song and dance sequence is thought of as too serious, parallel art cinema which the mainstream does not appreciate much.
@nirose (384)
• India
8 Mar 10
its one of their must in their films. Don't know how they have dances and songs on the films. They say that the movies are made to resemble real life and yet the actors and actress dance and start to sing. have never seen someone make up song, dance and what not. But they add something more to the films which attract viewers.
• India
8 Mar 10
Yeah I have same doubt,but at the same time the song make our mind pleasant and sometime we gain some confidnece too.I think you don't listeb kollywood movies.Expecially listen "illayaraja and a.r.rehman song
• Singapore
8 Mar 10
Hey it's arts, it's their ways of expressing their feeling thru songs and dancing.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
8 Mar 10
Yes, it is true that India mvoies have a lot of singing and dancing compared to western movies. It may be because Indians like singing and dancing more compared to westerners. Also, when it comes to Indian movies, songs are made according to the situation in each movie, but in US movies, they just incorporate a song which already exists in a movie getting the right from the person who has copyright of the song.
@madteaparty (2765)
• Japan
8 Mar 10
I have never watched a Wollywood film, but I admit that I feel very curious about it. From the movies of a country or another you can learn a lot about their culture and customs, so probably that dancing is a good approach to it . I hope I can watch some movie soon to give my opinion!
@p3ks626 (6551)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
I observed this one too. I think it is already a part of their culture that they will always have dancing and singing in all of their films. I like watching it. I like it when they dance and sing and make people know about the culture that they have. Its like a trademark for them. There are some films we have in our country with dancing and singing to but I dont find them amusing. I find them corny actually but when it comes to other films with dancing and singing, I really fun.