For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bollywood, apologies. I don’t often find myself going on rants about anything Bollywood related, as I’m usually more content enjoying it without digging deep into to nitty gritty details. For me, Bollywood movies can be enjoyed aesthetically, and that is mainly in part of the songs.
For those of you who do watch Bollywood movies, you know that a lot of effort is put into making the songs appear as aesthetically and audibly pleasing as possible. A lot of hype is given to men such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Devdas, Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, etc.) for the gorgeous sets and costumes of his songs. Songs such as Dola re Dola, Nagada Sang Dhol, and Deewani Mastani are so visually beautiful to watch that it literally puts us in a trance.
That being said, I just wanted to step out for a moment to talk about the song Pashmina from the recent Bollywood romantic drama, Fitoor (meaning “passion”). This song is not only a stunning love ballad, it is also very aesthetically pleasing to watch. The set is very artistically and tastefully done, from the hanging chandeliers to the candles to the sculptures to the columns to the curtains. Everything is done so as to make this song seem as visually appealing and audibly pleasing as possible.
Coupled with the lovely chemistry between Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, this song I have to say is one of the most visually pleasing ones to watch come to life. Katrina displays her graceful dancing amidst a romanticly artistic set, and the mood and aura is what makes this song rise to the top of my list. What is most wonderful about it is its simplicity. That proves that glitz and glamor doesn’t need to come in clutch to sell a Bollywood song. Sometimes something as simple as a very well put together set and two leads that know what they’re doing is enough.
That being said: hats off to Pashmina!