Songs At The Opening Credits Of The Movie
Music has been an integral part of Hindi cinema since 1930s (after the first talkie was released). Whether it was direct on screen singing, as it was earlier done or the playback singing or the recent auto tuned songs, Hindi film music has fascinated the music lovers across the globe. In the beginning most of the dialogues were through songs itself. With time the music in the films also evolved. With the advent of playback singing, music in the films formed their own world and independent genre. This independent genre started to have sub-genres happy songs, sad songs, devotional songs, inspirational songs and so on. Background music became an essential part of the movies too.The opening credits of the movies started to have not only music but independent songs. There were title songs which were totally different from the songs given at the opening credits of a film. Title songs carried a gist of that particular film and the songs at the opening credits sort of served as the preamble of that particular film. Though at times both combined as one and solved both purposes. Opening credit songs might not essentially have the title of film in it. Sometimes the film might also have both, opening credits having the title as well as independent title song.
Here’s a mixed bag of few such songs –
1. Jhumroo – The song serves as the title song as well as opening credits.
2. Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) – The movie known for its music, has a different song at opening credits and an independent title song.
3. Guide (1965) – A film which doesn’t have a title song but the opening credit song solves the purpose of giving the idea about the storyline.
4. Dhund (1973) – The song which not only is at opening credits but also serves as the title song and keeps appearing throughout the movie.
5. Manthan (1977) – The film which was dedicated to the farmers of Gujrat and the white revolution by Dr. Kurien. The song at opening credits gives the summary of the film.
6. Karz (1980) – A musical extravaganza which gave a different identity to the movie altogether had a different title song and an independent song at opening credits.
7. Umrao Jaan (1981) – It doesn’t have a title song at all but this song at the opening credits solves the purpose of giving the idea about the movie.
8. Rang Birangi (1983) – Another song which solves both the purpose – title song and comes at the opening credits.
9. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) – Again a movie with 2 title songs. One at the opening credits and another in the film.
10. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) – 2 title songs again, one at the opening credits and another in the movie. Rather it is the second version of the song.