Do film songs have no meaning in other languages too?Tamil film songs used to be trendsetters, once upon a time. The late MGR had huge messages in his songs. Sivaji Ganesan, well known for his horrible overacting, still had many good songs to his credit. These songs had meaning.
For the past twenty years or so, we hardly have any song that has any meaning. Most of the songs are absolute trash with no meaning at all. The so-called "item" numbers are particularly vulgar and are always shown with the hero dancing with a huge group of rowdies and unwanted elements, to a very loud beat. The song never registers in the mind.
The last series of some good songs were from films directed by the late K. Balachandar, who made films that had a good message. His "Sindubhairavi", which was based on Carnatic music and a story of a leading musician, had some good melodies, and this was released over twenty years ago.
At the age of 68, Rajnikant is still around. but his songs do not have much meaning. There is some odd song which is melodious.
How about other languages like Hindi or Telugu? What are the reasons why film songs have reached this sorry state of affairs?