Youth icon Aamir Khan claims that the credit for the hit film songs must go to actors, not lyricists. He believes that the actor makes a film song popular and not the lyricist who gives words and a theme to the formation of the song. A lyricist is the person who is originally responsible for the existence of the song. He is the one who gives words to the song by the way of few sets of rhyming words or a poetry which ever is suitable for the song.
The Partial View
How can Aamir Khan claim credit for the hard work of the lyricist community when their product (especially song lyrics) is an instant hit among public? He can not undermine the effort and the role played by lyricist as a crucial hand in making the project hit and successful. Sure, the popularity of a song also depends on the lender of the voice to the song and the crucial role played by the music instructor. However, occasionally, even actors play an important role for certain film songs, but not for all.
Some of the famous lyricists that have left their lasting effect on many a songs of Hindi Film cinema are Javed Akhtar, Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Gulzar & Sameer to name a few. Who can forget the popularity of song lyrics like “Panchhi nadiyaan pazwan ke jhonke, Koi sarhad na inhein roke…” by Javed Akhtar from the film Refugee. The song is an evergreen example serving its social theme to the mankind as to how ‘Regional barriers’ have been imposed on rather intelligent human community whereas other species like, for example, birds go free without the barriers of boundaries.
A Hit Song: A Collaborative Effort
I would like to conclude by saying that a hit song is a blended effort of lyricist, music director and the singer. These three professionals provide the actual meaning and aesthetic value to the song. An actor plays a relatively secondary role in making the song hit with his acting and personality. A great composition refined by an able music director and a good lender of voice to the song is a must to prove hit.
In fact, a hit song is a corroborated effort of various professionals involved in formation of a song and not just actors, who play lip-sing and dancing round the corner.
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