Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar poses for a photo.
Women singers in Bollywood have hardly gained recognition in comparison to the number of male singers in the industry.
Solo songs for female playback singers are not in focus.
While women singers might be the priority for special or dance numbers in Bollywood, they are increasingly leaning on non-film songs to show versatility and for better opportunities.
Budding singer Dhvani Bhanushali of "Dilbar" and "Vaaste" fame says she is aware that there are less songs for women in films. "I feel that should change and get better but I think I make up for it by having an independent (music) career," the "Psycho saiyaan" hitmaker told a section of the media.
On "Dilbar", she was well complemented by Neha Kakkar, who has become the voice of recreation and fastpaced songs in the film industry.
Singer-composer Payal Dev, known for singing in films including Salman Khan-starrer "Dabangg 3", is also rooting for more songs in women's voices but not just dance numbers.
"We should have more in our movies rather than just dance numbers and party songs. Fortunately, we have been seeing that change a bit and a lot of female musicians are coming forward in Bollywood or independent music," she said.
She knows that Bollywood songs have a lot to do with what the movie script demands. So, here comes the significant role of singles.
Singer Shilpa Rao, who is enjoying the success of her song "Ghungroo", co-sung with Arijit Singh for Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff-starrer "War", said: "I guess it's quite natural that everyone feels that there are fewer female songs but I think that is a change that is required, especially when there is a global change happening... women actresses, directors, writers, musicians all over the world are constantly talking about having a fair chance to work."
It's not just the women but also men like composer Lalit Pandit who feel that solo female songs have almost "vanished in recent times".
In fact, he thinks that dance numbers like "Munni badnam hui" are where female voices have "excelled".
Kumar Taurani of Tips Industries also shared examples of Bollywood dance numbers that work in women's voice.
"They (men) bring in the numbers, so a little more priority is there but then there have also been songs like 'Chikni Chameli' and 'Chamma chamma', so female lead songs also work," he shared.
One of the 90s' favourite singers Alka Yagnik, who is currently seen in the role of mentor in the show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs", shared that back then the trend was different. It was more about one or two singers recording the entire soundtrack of a film.
"Nowadays there are so many singers and music of that calibre is not being made, so if there are six songs in one album then every song is sung by different singers. There is a crowd of singers. They get lost in the crowd," she added.
But Shilpa says women don't need a special treatment. "In fact nobody needs special treatment. All we need is proper and equal opportunities of work."
So, if not more then let's start with equal number of solo songs sung by men and women in Bollywood.
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