There's something unique and special about Bollywood, the celebrated and typically musical movies that have made India's film market one of the world's largest. Maybe it's all the color and movement; maybe it's the sense of whimsy that you don't often see in American films; or maybe it's just the music, which has an ancient and storied history in India.
But, whatever it is that makes Bollywood so much fun, based on this clip from the hit 2012 film "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" ("As Long As There Is Life"), you lose the magic when you take out the music. Someone very clever got hold of an edit of a musical number, in which star actor Shahrukh Khan sings about being an Indian ex patriot in London, with the musical track removed but the other audio remaining.
The video at top shows the scene without the music. Below is the finished version, with English subtitles of the lyrics. It's a meditation on identity, with the refrain "What does this crazy wanderer seek?"
It plays pretty differently when the band is quiet – which might reveal something about Bollywood's success in using music to explore complicated ideas in a way that's accessible to a wider audience. Or maybe it just goes to show that music videos sound and look a little silly without the actual band.
If you're interested in learning more about the film, a three-hour romantic epic across continents, here's the Internet Movie Database plot summary:
After finding and losing his true love in London, Samar Anand defies death by becoming a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army. Returning to London after 10 years, he suffers amnesia after an accident. Will he be reunited with his love?