Wedding videos are fun. (#bridename+groomname+boom). But don’t all wedding videos look the same? With the same filmy music? The popular mehendi number, the hit sangeet track, the mournful bidaai ballad? I mean how many brides can realistically depart on Baabul ki duaaye? Baabul must be tired. There seems to be a dearth of creativity, and surely this is an opportunity
So, in the name of public service (and for the betterment of our Facebook feeds), I offer you 11 new ways to pick that ‘perfect filmy song’ for your ‘filmy wedding video’.
- Begin with the names of the bride and groom. If you’re in luck, you are named Chandni, Shivani, Sheila, Laila, Jumma, Chumma or Monika. It’s also okay if you are one of Amar, Akbar or Anthony. That’s totally allowed. If you’re super lucky, you’re called Fonseca. (Deepak Tijori from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar will do the rest.)
- If names don’t work, then try and gauge the sentiment of the occasion. In most cases, a steady 2 minutes of Dil Hoom Hoom Kare works. You can then easily cut to Haan Haan Yeh Pyaar Hain for the credits. (That’s a Sunny Deol song. You know this. Just embrace it.)
- Speaking of Sunny, one can also choose to employ brother Bobby Deol’s hit song from Gupt. (Gupt. Gupt. Gupt Aa Re. Gupt. Gupt.) This is especially useful if you belong to/are being paid by a member of the Gupta family, which is likely a good many of you. Remember to edit before the chorus of ‘yahan wahan, dhuaan dhuaan’. Most Guptas are non-smokers. And Mrs. Gupta does not appreciate silliness on such a big occasion.
- It’s critical to have music over the actual mandap sequence in the video. No one wants to hear the Panditji. Try Anil Kapoor’s Aji Oji, Loji Sunoji. [Picture this sequence]: The groom looks curiously at his bride when asked to do something symbolic in Sanskrit. She looks back at him with the same “I’m quite confused, but let’s do this” eyes. The Pandit waits anxiously for his cue. (Karta hoon main jo woh tum bhi karo jee. One two ka four. Swaha! Four two ka one. Swaha!) The penny will drop further if the Pandit is called Lakhan or Lakshman. Both are okay. You can also then end with the words ‘JHAKAAS!’ in big bold supers once the mangalsutra has been deployed.
- One can also choose another Anil Kapoor favorite: Roop Ki Rani, Choron Ka Raja. This theme generally fits well, as most grooms these days prefer to sport scruffy felon beards, shoes without socks and buzzcut Raftaar haircuts. Remember bro, a brooch does not look good on ‘every’ velvet suit. Unless you’re a Rajput or Anil Kapoor. What a playa.
- You might also find yourself searching for the perfect music for the sangeet sequence of the video. Here, I would offer a word of caution. Using a rap song by Badshah might feel intuitively correct, but beware; editing the song for his racy lyrics will be a nightmare. You don’t want Badi Dadiji’s clip edited to Ladki nahi, tu hai garam maamla. (Business idea: Create acoustic version of Wakhra Swag by next weekend). In case you’re struggling with ideas, try some Tamil Kollywood music for a change. Most people won’t understand the lyrics. Unless you’re in Chennai. Then reverse the order and use Badshah without fear.
- Avoid cut-aways to family interviews if you can. There’s a reason why that show was called “The Office”, and not “The Wedding”. But if you must, try and keep the interviews short and snappy to go with the music beat. One way is to try rapping out the interviews. For example: “Yo Yo. Thank you Ji to the one and only Sharma Ji, and a big shout out to my favorite Bua, who convinced my Dad for this daru and dhua!. Yo. Kala Chashma, hey, ho! Kala Chashma, hey, ho!” You can also make interviews interesting by replacing them with Dubsmash style videos. For the bride’s BFF: But she’s your best friend ya! And for the groom’s BFF: Beta, tumse na ho payega. (Extra emphasis on the Wasseypur edginess.)
- Under no circumstances, should you ask your cousin Buaji from Meerut to sing an acoustic version of Re Kabira for the bidaai sequence. It will not be good and she will tag you on Facebook and everyone will comment on it. And they will use words like ‘Kinne sone lag rahe hain dono. Haina Pushpa?’
- Like all Marvel movies, remember to leave a little something for the end credits sequence. No one likes to end on a solemn note. A good way can be incriminating videos of your drunk Mamaji from the Sangeet night. Another way can be sting videos of the upcoming romance in the family. This is even better if you can capture a brewing courtship that no one knows about = Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain. (Note for wedding filmmakers: This is a good business move to mark out new prospects.)
- If you still can’t find that perfect Bollywood track, pick something from the West. If you’re looking for something deep with high video potential, try Here Comes the Sun. You can edit to the morning sun of the shaadi day, then the sunny flame of the wedding fire, then the beaming face of the married son. “Doo, doo, doo, doo” can be Mummy, Papa, Sister and Monty, the family lab.
- When all else fails, just use Kenny Ji. (Try the Silsila remix with Rahul Sharma. Many minds will be blown.)
About the author:
Yudhishthir Agrawal has absolutely no experience in wedding videos or in weddings in general. But his sisters do. And you should totally check out their website www.lumosfilms.in. You can also reach Yudi at www.shortsillystories.com or @yudiagrawal on Instagram.