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Bollywood grooves to EDM

December 21, 2016 14:55 IST

The influence of EDM was seen in Bollywood songs throughout the year, reports Shrishti Negi.

Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra in the much talked about Kala Chashma songThe year gone by saw a major shift in Bollywood music with Electronic Dance Music genre driving this change through party numbers.

Hindi commercial cinema has always been popular for its loud dazzling dance numbers and that may have something to do with the growth of EDM in movie songs.

The influence of EDM was seen in Bollywood songs throughout the year with some notable mentions being Kar Gayi Chull, Beat Pe Booty, Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai and Kaala Chasma.

Popular DJ Nucleya, who made his Bollywood debut with Let's Naacho from Kapoor & Sons, accelerated the trend by taking Indian beats to a different intensity.

Another hit from the same film was rapper Badshah's Kar Gayi Chull. He may have created the track long ago, but this time he completely reconstructed it with more engaging beats and Neha Kakkar's vocal, which made it more popular. It ruled the number one spot for months.

Singer Arijit Singh, known for his soulful voice in romantic tracks, was also seen crooning a lot of party numbers and club mixes in 2016, including The Breakup Song from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and the recently released Nashe Si Chad Gayi from Befikre.

The magic of EDM was not only limited to dramas, but was also found in serious films like Airlift and Udta Punjab.

Ankit Tiwari's composition Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi featured electronic beats in the Akshay Kumar-starrer while Abhishek Chaubey's controversy-ridden crime-thriller offered catchy feet-tapping number Chitta Ve, which was composed by Amit Trivedi.

Action films, however, topped the list in terms of following the new trend of dance music.

Rock the Party from Rocky Handsome kicked off the year with the recreated version of Bombay Rockers' 2003 hit track, while Meet Bros' Girl I Need You and Cham Cham from Baaghi were among the perfect grooving numbers of 2016.

Another fancy composition by the music duo Sachin-Jigar delivered Beat Pe Booty track from A Flying Jatt.

Ajay Devgn's high on action Shivaay featured Bolo Har Har, which was again an upbeat number, rendered by Badshah.

The song was an eclectic mix of singers like Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh and the British pop rock band The Vamps.

EDM appeared to be dominating the compositions in romantic dramas as well.

Kheech Meri Photo and Ek Number from the romantic film Sanam Teri Kasam were fair attempts at fusion by singer Neeti Mohan, while a reprise of Jaz Dhami and Yo Yo Honey Singh's High Heels Te Nachche in Ki & Ka made a solid impact on the youth with the addition of little more beats and zing to the original track.

These films may not have done well at the box office, but their peppy numbers were hit thanks to the use of EDM, in which one doesn't have to be very artistic but aim for fun.

One such example is the music of Housefull 3, which delivered two hits, including Pyar Ki and Taang Uthake to celebrate 2016's party season in the best way possible.

Befikre's title track, which has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar, Jaideep Sahni and singer Benny Dayal, helped continue the fun of generic, trendy and youthful tunes.

IMAGE: Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra in the much talked about Kala Chashma song.

Shristi Negi
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