The path travelled by music in Indian cinema is something that is very broad. Right from the age of silent films music has played an important role in films. Whether it is background score or songs the music leaves an indelible impression in the minds of the audiences,
Music in fact speaks about the mood of the movie. So background music is also something that is very important for a movie. The music director who composes songs will compose the background music also. In some cases, the background music is composed by a different person other than the music director. Whatever it is the music of a film is one important aspect that makes the film run in the box office.
Certain films were successful mainly because of music. For example, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun had good performances too but the songs, dances etc. upped the entertainment quotient of the film. Some may criticize the film for having too much songs and dances but once in a while a tribute to the world called Indian music is done through such films. There have been bold attempts too in Indian films where the film had no songs. But again, this is of a different genre.
In fact, there is a genre in Indian films called musical itself. These films have lots of songs and when there is song you expect atleast some shaking of leg..
Hindi films were known for their melodious music once but now they are also used to music with lot of beats. Music directors like A R Rahman, Anu Malik, Nadeem Shravan impressed the fans and now newcomers like Pritam, Mithoon etc. are alos doing good work.
Tamil films got introduced to a different kind of music with A R Rahman but still Ilayaraja’s music didn’t lose its charm. And Harris Jayaraj is also one music composer to reckon with.
Malayalam films are always known for their melodies but songs with lot of beats also are composed now and then. Vidyasagar, 'Johnson Composer' etc. have given good music in Mollywood. Vidyasagar, 'Johnson Composer' etc. have given good music in Mollywood.
And regarding Telugu films they also give importance to melodious music along with music with lot of beats. Music directors like Devi Sri Prasad, Mani Sharma, Keeravani etc. have proved their calibre in Tollywood.
In Kannada with the entry of music directors like Mano Murthy, Harikrishna, Arjun Janya etc. the music took a whole new turn. For those who love melodious music Kannada films also has some to offer.
So it is not the question of which industry has provided the best music. Melodious songs are universally accepted, and every industry whether it is Bollywood or Southern film industry has provided melodious music.
We cannot just discard music from the Indian film scenario. It has become an integral part of our lives. When we get to listen to music that is not up to our expectations we become disappointed, Nowadays the audio release of a film itself is a great event. Such is the power of music in Indian scenario. So when the music director gives us good music let’s enjoy it.