Monday, November 13, 2006


This post is a tribute to great Bollywood soundtracks. My cousin, who watches a bit of Bollywood now and then, always skips the songs. She says they are time-wasters, make the films unnecessarily long and mess with the storyline. Oh I so disagree. If it were not for the music, I honestly would not love Bollywood half as much as I do. I love, love, absolutely love, the music.

Sure, the music is not always perfectly done. Sometimes you find that the soundtrack just does not fit the movie – they are out of sync somehow. They are on totally different pages – hate when that happens. Sometimes the music is decent but the movie is so bad that it distracts you from enjoying the songs. Sometimes the music is just so forgettable, it sounds like a million things you’ve heard before. Sometimes, it’s not the music but the choreography and movement that fails – and it just doesn’t flow (hate that as well, but love it when it works). Sometimes it’s just plain ol’ flat-out bad music. Which can be a shame, ’cos even a good movie can be semi-sabotaged by bad songs.

BUT WHEN IT’S HOT, IT’S HOT… and I absolutely LOVE it. When the music rocks, and is right for the movie, it’s a beautiful thing. Here are some of my favourite Bollywood soundtracks. I’ve put 25 of my favourites (in no particular order) here. This is just 25 of my favourites off the top of my head, so I’m sure some of my faves haven’t made it on here just because they’ve skipped my mind at the moment. Still love them, though, whatever they are (I'm sure I will be hitting myself for skipping some of my favourites later).

This is a tribute to the great, super-talented and super-creative composers, lyricists, instrumentalists and playback singers of Bollywood (who I know will never read this). I love you all (really – I’m not just saying that), your music makes me happy (or sad, but in a good way). You rock my world (even though a lot of the time I don’t know what you’re talking about – I always love it when they remember to subtitle the songs – wish they would always do that!).

VEER ZAARA: A rich, beautiful and evocative soundtrack that completely and perfectly complements the movie. My personal favourites are ‘Do Pal’ and ‘Tere Liye’, but I would happily listen to the entire album over and over again without skipping a single track.

UMRAO JAAN: The poetry is beautiful. The music is beautiful. Asha Bhonsle (thanks, Carla) sings like an angel (albeit a very seductive one). Nothing else to ask for, really.

MERA SAAYA: One of those soundtracks when you really only remember one song from it, but somehow it’s enough. I love the theme song ‘Mera Saaya’, and honestly can’t remember the other ones, but… it’s still on my hot list. The song ‘Mera Saaya’ is haunting, mysterious, and somehow a bit quirky – perfect for a ‘60s mystery movie. Love it.

MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR: Three words: ‘O Saathi Re’. Again, I love this soundtrack just for one song – ‘O Saathi Re’ is just beautiful to me and is amazingly sung (by Kishore Kumar, I think). It’s just terrific. I could listen to this for hours.

THE BURNING TRAIN: Three songs from this soundtrack make me love it – ‘Teri Hai Zameen, Tera Asmaan’, ‘Pal Do Pal Ka’ and my personal favourite ‘Pehli Nazar Mein Humne’. ‘Teri Hai Zameen…’ is kinda cheesy, but sweet and even inspiring, ‘Pal Do Pal Ka’ is a 15-minute orgy of music that just makes you feel happy; and I just have a special place in my heart for ‘Pahli Nazar…’. ‘Wada Haan Ji Wada’ and ‘Meri Nazar Hai Tujhpe’ are also very good songs.

BLUFFMASTER: A great soundtrack, just perfect for the film and guaranteed to make you wanna dance. ‘Bure Bure’, Sabse Bada Rupaiyya’ and ‘Say Na Say Na’ are my favourites. Very memorable.

LAAWARIS: Another fun soundtrack from one of Amitabh Bachchan’s earlier movies. ‘Jis Ka Koi Naheen’ is almost deliriously defiant and brilliant, and the other songs are delicious and indulgent.

SHOLAY: Another soundtrack that was perfect for the film. Great songs all around, I like the folksy, off-kilter ‘Mehbooba Mehbooba’ (Helen rocked it out in the movie); but ‘Yeh Dosti’ has to be my favourite.

KABHI KHUSHIE KABHIE GHAM: A number of good songs are on this soundtrack, but I never get tired of watching the video for ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ and listening to the song. Love it! ‘Shava Shava’ is fun and ‘Bole Chudiyan’ is even more fun. And the title song is sweet.

DUSHMAN: You wouldn’t expect a thriller about a serial rapist-murderer to have such a great soundtrack. It’s surprising, and therefore brilliant. I particularly love ‘Awaz Do Humko’, but ‘Pyar Ko Ho Jane De’ is good too. The one where they go ‘kabhi nahin, kabhi nahin’ is nice too.

MAIN HOON NA: Ah, ‘Main Hoon Na’. Great music. I love the title song, but I think my favourites are ‘Chale Jaise Hawaein’ and ‘Tumse Milke Dil Ka’ (particularly the latter). ‘Gori Gori’ is fun too.

HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN: The major reason I love the Bharatya (I'm not sure I spelt that right) family musicals, like this movie and HAHK, is the music. It’s just awesome. This is a great soundtrack, from the title song to ‘Maiyya Yashoda’, to ‘Mhare Hiwda’, to ‘Yeh To Sach Hai Ki Bhagwan Hai’, to ‘Sunoji Dulhan Ek Baat Sunoji’. Even the cheesy-oh-so-cheesy ‘ABCDEFGHI’ song gets my thumbs up.

DEVDAS: ‘Devdas’ as a movie was (for me) visual overload, so the songs had to live up to that. I think they succeeded. My favourites are ‘Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka’, ‘Hamesha Tumko Chaha’ and ‘Dola Re Dola’.

DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE: I’m sentimental about this film so it just had to be on this list. But the songs really are great - absolutely delectable music. I particularly love ‘Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam’ (I'm sure I didn't spell that right), ‘Mehndi’ and ‘Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyar Sajna’.

HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN: Another Bharatya film with a fantastic soundtrack. Love the title song, so sweet. Love ‘Waah Waah Ramji’, ‘Joote Dedo’, and Dhiktana Dhiktana’. Even ‘Chocolate Lime Juice’ which is a bit silly, sounds good.

BUNTY AUR BABLI: A fun soundtrack with a few cringe-y moments. Overall, it’s very very good. I love ‘Dhadak Dhadak’ most of all, it always makes me feel good, but I also like ‘Kajra Re’ (Ash rocked it out), ‘Nach Baliye’, ‘Chup Chup Ke’ and even (aww shucks), the title song.

KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI: Whenever I hear that unmistakable ‘Tum Pas Aiye’, my body involuntarily starts to move. When I was watching ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ and this song came up in the medley, I was singing like a madwoman. This is a great soundtrack, infectious, instantly recognizable, and perfect for the film. Other highlights for me are: ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Ladki Badi Anjani Hai’, ‘Raghupati Ragav Raja Ram’ and ‘Tujhe Yaad Na Meri’.

YES BOSS: This is a chilled out, goofy movie – and the soundtrack is equally chilled-out and goofy. Some of the songs are duds, I have to say, but I think ‘Main Koi Aisa Geeta Gaoon’, and a few of the other numbers, make up for them.

DIL TO PAGAL HAI: This is a really nice film (with Madhuri Dixit totally killing it when everyone thought her career was over – go Madhuri!! – and SRK and Karisma doing a great job too), but I think I loved the songs even more than the movie. My favourite is ‘Koi Ladki Hai’ (so catchy, and I love the kids’ voices on it). Other good picks are ‘Dholna’, ‘Are Re Are’, ‘Le Gayi’, ‘Pyar Kar’, ‘Bholi Si Surat’, and of course, the excellent title song. This is a really lovely soundtrack.

SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM: Again, the title song would be enough for this movie to make my list. Perfect for the film - haunting, mysterious, melodious, beautifully sung. The other songs are great too - very... interesting and 'different' - for a 'different' film.

MAIN TULSI TERE AANGAN KI: Who woulda thought you could make such a great title song out of such a long title? It works, it absolutely works. To hear this song is to love it, and it’s mostly in the way it was sung (can’t remember if it was Lata or Asha who did the honours). Whichever of the sisters did it, it was beautifully done.

ARADHANA: This is a romantic movie to the core, and they gave it an appropriately romantic soundtrack. The songs are great – from ‘Main Sapnoon Rani Kab Aaegi’ (Kishore Kumar always rocks), to ‘Gun Guna Rahe Hain Bhavre’ (my personal fave), to the sexy ‘Roop Tera Mastana’, to ‘Baghon Mein Bahaar Hai’ (‘Ha Hai!’)

JUNGLEE: ‘Yahoo!’ I absolutely love this soundtrack. The title track is totally right for the film, and I also love ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ and the oh-so-sweet song that has ‘Tumse Mohabbat Hoge Hum Mujhe’ in it (can’t remember the title but it’s my favourite song from the film). The soundtrack complements the film beautifully.

THE RISING – THE BALLAD OF MANGAL PANDEY: I love the way this soundtrack was done. It’s very creative and moving, it tells a story, it conveys the feeling and tone of the film, and I just think it rocks.

For number 25, it’s a tie between DIL and YEH VAADA RAHA: which I guess is kinda appropriate because they are both romantic films (which, I must admit, I love). I guess the right thing to do would be to make the list a list of 26; but I don’t really like that number so I’ll keep it this way. For me, ‘Dil’ had a great soundtrack – young, catchy, passionate and just right for the movie. Same goes for ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’. Nuff said.


Aparna said...

They are all lovely and I agree with you about all of them...after going through the list, I cannot think of any more!!!! I jsut want to put them all in a sequence and hear them, though of course 'Veer Zara' bores me, but still, 24/25 is a great score!!
About 'mera saaya', one more song which i like in it is 'jhumka gira re' - sung in a marketplace with appropriate dancing.
Some more music scores which I can add are Abhimaan, Don (old one), Deewana (rishi kapoor, divya bharati and shahrukh khan), Daajan, Dil hai ke manta nahin.
But then, I can go on and will stop!

Daddy's Girl said...

Hi Aparna, you're not the only one who's bored by the 'Veer Zaara' score - my sister thinks both the movie and the music are the most boring things ever!
Ah, how could I forget the marketplace song from 'Mera Saaya' - that was a good song.
Thanks for adding some of your personal favourites, exactly what I was hoping for. I also liked 'Abhimaan', especially the 'Bindiya' song and the one they sing together at the end. And 'Don' was very cool, especially 'Main Hoon Don' and the Helen dance number. The 'paan' song kinda freaked me out. But it was a very good soundtrack. So very 70s.
I have been trying to get 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' (it's with Pooja Bhatt and Aamir Khan, right?) I haven't seen 'Deewana' or 'Daajan' yet, will add them to my list now you've recommended them. Thank you Aparna!

Uzo said...

Veer-Zara boring? Loved this movie and cried throughtout. Well almost. The soundtrack - ah forgettable but you missed one out. The soundtrack for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Ah Ah. Loved it. The score is haunting. How could you? Or maybe you dont agree seeing as you are not a huge fan of the movie....

Daddy's Girl said...

I actually agree with you about that, Uzo. The music for 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' was really very good, even better than the film, in my opinion (I especially love the title song - those piano solo parts - bliss). It really should have been on my list.
Now I LOVED 'Veer Zaara' too, thought it was a beautiful story. I also LOVED the music - I thought it was so elegant and romantic. The only song I'm not crazy about is the 'Lodi' song.

Daddy's Girl said...

Hey Uzo, check out the City Mall site:, the movie we want to see together is showing there but only Mon-Fri at NOON!! Isn't that annoying? Guess they may eventually start having more screenings, will keep checking. As you will see from that website, there's another hindi movie on, but I'm not keen on it. It doesn't look very good and I am so not a Jackie Shroff fan...
It's quite annoying that it's on at such an inconvenient time... and no public holiday to take advantage of...
Anyway, take a look. Will keep checking their schedule for changes, and will also ask about the other cinemas to see if any are showing it as well... it's not on the Silverbird site sha.

Aparna said...

Oops...that was a is 'Saajan' not 'Daajan' :). It stars Salman Khan, Snajay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit.
And yes, 'Dil Hai Ke manta Nahin' has Aamir Khan (probably the main reason why I like the movie) and Pooja Bhatt.

Aparna said...

And I am seriously thinking of not reading your blog posts...they make me want to download songs and lsiten to them while working!!!!!

Uzo said...

Are these people mad and jobless. Only at noon? How on earth is that supposed to work? I am pissed. Let me take a breather and check the website. Oloshi people

Daddy's Girl said...

@aparna: LOL!!! I know exactly what you mean. I am quite the downloader myself...

@uzo: I know, exactly my reaction. Deosnt make any sense to me, are they even going to make money this way?

Alan said...

Lots of good selections here. If I were to pick my all time favorite it would be HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN.

What I like best is that most of the songs have bits and pieces of the other songs, so you hear running themes through out the entire score.

Daddy's Girl said...

Yayy... I LOVE the HAHK soundtrack too... I think it's absolutely beautiful from start to finish - the bits of songs in other songs thing is gorgeous. And I love the film too.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post - I like the diversity in your selections; I'm glad that you listen to oldies. You have some unusual selections there too - I love *Satyam Shivam Sundaram* to pieces (I'm addicted to "Bhor bhaye panghat pe") but I am not accustomed to seeing it on lists like this one. Others of yours that would also make my list are *Sholay*, HAHK, *Devdas* (hate the movie though), *Umrao Jaan*, *Muqaddar ka sikandar* ... I am starting to think you have VERY good taste. (-:

One teensy correction - *Umrao Jaan* was Asha, not Lata. To me, that's part of what makes it so remarkable - such a different side to Asha!

You've made me want to go compile a list of my own. 25 is a good number - ten is too hard.

Daddy's Girl said...

Hey Carla, thanks for that. It really is a different side to Asha. I look forward to reading your list someday!