Bollywood Is Making More Women-Led Films, So Why Are Men Singing Most Of The Songs In Them?
Between 2000 and 2017, not much seems to have changed.
Last month, Film Companion spoke to some top Bollywood female playback singers, and asked them why Arijit Singh has been ruling the airwaves while there haven't been as many famous female voices.
And they're not far from the truth. This is what the soundtrack of Dangal — a film about women — looked like:
Between 2000 and 2017, only 74 of the 1,905 mainstream Bollywood films released were led by women.
In most of these films, most of the songs were sung by male singers.
It's great that female actors are getting meatier roles, but it's sad to know that men still get to voice their thoughts in song, thus not allowing women to control their own narratives.
I looked back at the last 17 years to see how many songs female playback singers actually got in women-led films. There have been a few terrible examples to prove the point:
Woh Lamhe (2006)
7 Khoon Maaf (2010)
Phir Milenge (2004)
Dear Zindagi (2016)
Mary Kom (2014)
Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009)
However, there have also been some stellar examples worth following, like these:
English Vinglish (2012)
While the good examples are encouraging, however, it goes without saying that Bollywood can and should do better.
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