…12 weeks later…

It’s a strange feeling when you make your hobby a habit and it gets to your nerves after a while. I guess that’s what I did when I decided to take on the 100DaysofBollywood challenge for myself – I turned my Bollywood trivia love overtake my common sense. After years of being brainwashed on why you should keep work and hobbies different, I made the same mistake!

Never mind, this is just an update: I am done with my Bollywood challenge, there are 44 posts in my drafts folder that I had very meticulously planned and written throughout the time I was supposed to do the challenge, now, I will simply post one song a day from my drafts folder. Maybe later next month I might even find the energy to update on the past two months.

The book challenge? I am pleased to inform you that it is still working on schedule. ūüôā I have been reading a book a week, the only thing I haven’t done -posting about the books! Before this challenge ends (at the end of this year), I am pretty sure I’d catch up. Or this is just me being too optimistic as usual.

My blog now feels like my own again. After a while, my Bollywood posts took off in a way I never anticipated them to. It made me want to play to the gallery – bring in more nostalgia – more obscure facts and scrounge more. What started as a daily exercise to wind off soon turned into a test of will and patience.

The views graph has almost flat-lined with a few v-tachs here and there – yup, we almost lost the blog! But here I am again, hopefully, with a better grip on where we are going.

So if you’re still reading me, still hoping you¬†might show find a gem or two here – I will try and not disappoint you! Here’s me, after 12 weeks of solid rejuvenation! ūüėÄ

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Day 47 – 55: “Petrichor waale gaane” Part II

A week later, here’s part two of my list!

Since a lot of people were quite confused with the list, I’ll go through my idea again! These songs make me wish it were raining, when I listen to them I get transported into raining mornings. Yes, it could be depressing – stuff that makes me want to cry and scream in the rain, it could be stuff that makes me so happy I want to dance in the rain or finally, be drenched and simply listen to these songs!

No, petrichor doesn’t bring out these feelings in me, I want it to rain when these songs are playing in my head. Ok?

Day 47: Rehna Tu

Movie: Dilli 6 (2009)
Music: A.R.Rahman
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: A.R.Rahman, Benny Dayal, Tanvi Shah

Stupid movie, but what music!!! Ufff!!! Rehna Tu is the anthem of my playlist, it’s my morning song, it’s my go-to song when everything is crumbling. Hidden beneath Masakalli, Genda Phool and the title track, this song never got its due till much later. My advice to skip the song (listen to the full track) and go right to the end, the part of¬†Continuum Fingerboard¬†(4.48 to 6.45) . And then come back and listen to it. ūüôā

Day 48:Ha Raham

Movie: Aamir (2008)
Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Murtuza-Qadir, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Amit Trivedi

Aamir for Amit Trivedi. Aamir for Rajeev Khandelwal. Aamir for Amitabh Bhattacharya. Aamir for Raj Kumar Gupta. Watch it. It’s the best time you would’ve spent in the last few days. The only movie that comes close to it in terms of the theme and style of direction is A Wednesday.

Day 49: Bol Na Halke Halke

Movie: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Music: S-E-L
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mahalakshmi Iyer

It’s funny where some of the best songs come from, they come from the worst movies. Enough said. If you ignore the video, the song is worth the time. Ditto the movie, by the way! ūüėČ This song also holds a place close to my heart because it was the tie-breaker of my Antakshri in college! We won! ūüėÄ

Day 50: Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein

Movie: Rock On!! (2008)
Music: S-E-L
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Dominique Cerejo

Farhan Akhtar! ‚̧ And for this song, Dominique! Haunting voice and beautifully sung! A soundtrack¬†that made us feel that we liked Rock (not really), a soundtrack with inane lyrics that caught everyone’s attention.

Day 51: Khaabon Ke Parinde

Movie: Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara (2011)
Music: S-E-L
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar 
Singers: Alyssa Mendonza, Mohit Chauhan

The portion with the horses running beside the car might just be a few seconds, but worth everything. Both singers lend a very hypnotic feel to the song. Something that makes you want to relax and give up your worries. Also the movie that gave a boost to all friends trips!

Day 52: Baatein Kuch Ankahee 

Movie: Life in a Metro (2007)
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri
Singers: Adnan Sami

Life in a Metro released at a time when I was yet to discover the pleasures of growing up. It was only the pain of being an adult. LIAM¬†made me look at my life differently and question some notions; however, it’s not the movie but the songs that put me in that state. The video embedded here is only th audio because the movie version isn’t my favourite. So please, bear. Also, listen to the song. With a lot of concentration. Listen!

Day 53: Raabta (Night in a Motel)

Movie: Agent Vinod (2012)
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Arijit Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma

Remember what I said about the best songs and worst movies? Yep. I stand by it! This song has multiple versions, all have their own strengths. This is the one I choose. Go hear it, and tell me what you think of it.

Day 54: Gori Teri Aakhein Kahein

Album: Gori Teri Aankhen (2001)
Music: Lucky Ali
Lyrics: Lucky Ali
Singers: Lucky Ali, Kavita Krishnamurthy

 

How could I not have Lucky Ali on this list ha? I had to have him here! Absolutely necessary to have him here! This is one of those songs that I saw as a kid and completely forgot till one day in 2009 I met this student in Delhi whose playlist had this song! It then came back to me and hasn’t left me since.

Day 55: Aahatein

Band: Agnee
Music: Agnee
Lyrics: No Clue!
Singers: Mohan Kannan, (this version has Koco, Pritam and Rahul Ram too)

Since embedding is not allowed for this version, I’ll simply link you up with the actual one! Watch it here.

Not saying anything about this track, just listen. Technically, it isn’t Bollywood nor an album. But the theme song for Splitsvilla; phir bhi, listen!

So here ends the list! What did you think of them? Do let me know if you’ve suggestions for my next list – the rain songs! ūüėČ

Day 39 – 46: “Petrichor waale gaane” Part I

After a huge hiatus that involved a lot of procrastination, some body aches, some cursing my fate and some more cursing everyone in general, I’m back with the songs that I am sure you missed! ūüėČ

Sunday mornings in the monsoon are my favourite, especially when I am indoors and have a cup of chai (green tea now) in my hand to watch the rain flow on the window.. did you imagine me with a book? Yes, I most certainly have one in my hand!

But what of the times that I am travelling? Or when the luxury of sitting and staring at the clouds is not available? I listen to these songs. This list was initially 5 songs, then they became 10, and now after a lot of playlist searching, they’re two posts! And hopefully this will help me fill the void in my challenge! The second one will be here on Monday morning! ūüėÄ

The following list is a LONG one, trust me on that! But none of them have anything to do with the monsoons – no wet saris clinging to the body, no wet hair being side swept with a half grin and certainly no tip-tip of the boondein. It’s just songs I love to listen when it’s raining.

Have a listen when it rains next time and tell me if you like them as much as I do. Mind you, all new and soulful numbers. Let’s start shall we?

P.S. Petrichor is the smell of rain on dry earth! ūüėČ Happy monsoon-y Sunday! ūüėÄ

Day 39: Tu Bole

Movie: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)
Music: A.R.Rahman
Lyrics: Abbas Tyrewala
Singers: A.R.Rahman

Genelia and Imran. Xavier’s and Bandra Fort for the backdrop. This movie and it’s soundtrack got a lot of attention but for all the wrong songs. Listen to this version from MTV Unplugged and then the original here. Tell me you don’t love it. I challenge you. ūüôā

Day 40: Mar Jaava

Movie: Fashion (2008)
Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Lyrics: Irfan Siddiqui
Singers: Salim Merchant, Shruti Pathak

Fashion was a very forgettable movie but an unforgettable soundtrack. It was one of those that made me notice this music composer duo. Mar Jaava is the correct mix of ambition and ruthlessness that drives Priyanka Chopra in the movie.

Day 41: Ramta  Jogi

Movie: Taal (1999)
Music: A.R.Rahman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik

This is my cheat song. I promised new songs and I am giving you one from the 90s! But yes, cannot do without this one. Also notice the sounds in the background – the continuous bells and then the swishing of the water. There is a bell that plays throughout. And yes, a song where my eyes never left Anil Kapoor.

Day 42: Kitni Baatein

Movie: Lakshya (2004)
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam

Love story in the middle of the war. Guns, artillery and reminiscing about love gained and then lost. Farhan Akhtar makes a good case for his actors- no words spoken but looks exchanged; but it is Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam who steal the show.

Day 43: Aas Paas Hai Khuda

Movie: Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: Vishal-Shekhar
Singers: Rahar Fateh Ali Khan

Strangers with a suicide pact, seen that before and know what happens in the end. What you haven’t heard, is this song sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan that is like him and yet, so unlike him!

Day 44: Maula Mere Maula

Movie: Anwar (2007)
Music: Mithoon
Lyrics: No clue!
Singers: Roop Kumar Rathod

Anwar is a movie that deserved to be noticed because of the theme, but unfortunately, it lost all direction halfway through and then, disappeared entirely from all our collective movies. This song, however, everyone remembers. Partly because of the music and the way it is sung, and partly because of Nauheed Cyrusi. Watch her in the song and you’ll know why.

Day 45: Lukka Chuppi

Movie: Rang De Basanti (2007)
Music: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, A. R. Rahman

I have spoken a lot about the soundtrack of RDB. It’s genius. This one is a song that makes it to my list of exceptions – I don’t like the voice of the Nightingale of India much, but this one.. yes this one does it for me. A tearjerker and what composition! Rahman just compliments everything beautifully! Listen to the full track here.

Day 46: Iktara (Male Version)

Movie: Wake Up Sid (2007)
Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Tochi Raina, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Raman Mahadevan

They say you get only one chance to prove yourself, for Amit Trivedi this one was enough. In a soundtrack by SEL that was extremely formulaic and absolutely lackluster, Iktara stood out. Amit Trivedi shone. While the female version by Kavita Seth is the famous one, give this an ear. Tell me what you think of it. And oh yes, it rains at the end of this song! And Mumbai during the rains! ‚̧

So that’s it for today! ūüôā Hopefully, I’ll soon be back on track! ūüėÄ Leave your comments about what your feel about my monsoon playlist!

Day 38: London Thumakda/ Kiklikalerdi

Movie: Queen/Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2014/2012)
Song: London Thumakda/Kiklikalerdi
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt/Shelle
Singers: Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar and Neha Kakkar/Amit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani, Yo Yo Honey Singh
Actors (in the song): Kangana Ranaut/Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi

I am taking a break out of my schedule because I HAVE to post these songs. Songs I’ve been addicted to for a while now.¬†If you missed the small fact in that Amit Trivedi is one of my favourite most music directors of the current lot, then this post will re-iterate the same.

Amit Trivedi entered the Bollywood scene with the unconventional soundtrack of Aamir, though the first he composed was DevD. Noticed for his talent and innovative music, he still hasn’t received the due that is rightfully his! And this irritates me to no end, because the only reason I see for this is because he doesn’t make a lot of public appearances.

How otherwise do you explain people not knowing him even after commercial hits like DevD, Ishaqzaade, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, English Vinglish, Lootera and Kai Po Che! ? Amit Trivedi’s music is not just something new, it is so experimental that some times it blows my mind to think of the range of music he has created. I think a post about him exclusively is now due.

Anyway, coming to the music of these two songs, typically loud and brash Punjabi songs and funnily enough even uses bawdy lyrics to a great extent with great success. London Thumakda¬†is a pre-wedding sangeet/mehendi¬†song with the typical wedding jokes and leg-pulling woven into the song. Note the lyrics and then pay attention to the twist in the traditional version of Latthe di chaadar (unsuccessfully¬†recreated by Rajeshwari Sachdev) where the lyrics are performed by old aunties teasing Kangana. Also note Madonna’s Like A Virgin that receives a special mention in the song! ūüėČ

Kiklikalerdi¬†is a similar song that plays during Huma Qureshi’s engagement in¬†Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.¬†Another Punjabi comedy that got lost in the pile of movies that released around the same time. The best part about the song is the twist on the rhyme¬†kiklikalredi that leads on to the ¬†rather typical Yo Yo Singh rap. Note the lyrics “Main tera raja hoon, tu meri rani hain, baby suraksha hi saavdhaani hain”.¬†Detest as much as I may him, I have to give this one to Honey Singh! The way the song describes Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi’s relationship in the movie is brilliant. It’s in equal parts witty, funny and cheeky.

Enjoy the two songs here:

And the second one:

Day 37: Hum Ko Malum Hai

Movie: Jaan-E-Mann (2006)
Song(s): Hum Ko Malum Hai
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Sonu Niggam, Sadhana Sargam
Actors (in the song): Salman Khan, Preity Zinta.

(This song is on this list for the sheer ridiculousness of it. Yes, I am in that mood! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ )

Go over the credits again. Yes, Gulzar and Anu Malik. Yes. Yes. I had a shock the first time I saw that as well. But honestly, listen to the song, and tell me if the following is not something that ran through your mind.

The¬†antara¬†and the¬†mukhda are written by two different people. There is no way those that really promising opening lines¬†into “Mom maani nahi, dad naaraaz tha, meri barbadiyon ka wo aaghaz tha, ishq ka ek hi ek andaaz tha“. Really. What were you thinking o you God of words!

Moving on, at 8.34 this song is really long, I won’t blame you if you feel it’s the entire movie in there. Because it really is. Part of being a Salman fan is watching movies like these. And Main Aur Mrs. Khanna. Though I understand that Shirish Kunder had noble ideas and planned to turn this into a musical-type of thing (Farah Khan almost succeeds), you really cannot take this love story seriously.

If I remember correctly, this movie had the costliest trailer ever, I have no clue why. If you’re planning to watch this movie: let me warn you, Anupam Kher is a midgety-dwarf. And a bad one at that. I have no clue what this movie aimed to do. Also spoiler alert, there is is Preity Zinta look alike called Preity Zintakova.

The biggest surprise though is Akshay Kumar. He did this movie and then went on to do Joker with Shirish Kunder. What were you think of boss?! Was one movie not good enough for you?!

Watch the video here (take ten minutes out to gape at it):

Day 36: Stop That

Movie: Gambler  (1995)
Song: Stop That
Music Director: Anu Malik
Singers: Devang Patel
Actors (in the song): Govinda

Honestly, I am quite surprised this is only my second Govinda song on this list.

And quite clearly, Devang Patel and Govinda are a combination no one who was alive from the 90s is likely to forget. In Gambler there was another song, Meri Marzi that captured the imagination of this country like no song before that.Not only is Patel the baap of rap in India, he also has his distinct style of inane-ness that no one since has been able to follow.

But most importantly, the lyrics of this song caught my attention this time. There’s a hint of sarcasm that could even be alluding to a dystopian future if you look for it. Or I am just over analysing! ūüėõ

On the other hand it can always be said that the lyricist simply found rhyming words first and then put them together, that’s quite plausible considering that the brief for this song must have been “make it mad”.

Govinda is in his evergreen best here with garish get-ups and moves that can only be his forte. Seriously! Look at step he repeats on loop. It’s weird but very tough to do.

My favourite line is the one I can never forget:

Madhuri Dixit mili raste mein,
Khaaye chane humne saste mein.

(Madhuri Dixit met me on the road,
We ate chickpeas for cheap.)

Enjoy the video here:

Day 34: Tu Hi Re

Movie: Bombay (1995)
Song: Tu Hi Re
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob
Singers: Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy/K.S. Chithra
Actors (in the song): Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala

Considering the number of Rahman songs that have made it to this list, I could do 100 days of Rahman! Though, I should probably finish this one first! ūüôā

If this song doesn’t give you goosebumps, then I think little else will. Though I do insist you must try Bombay Theme from the same movie. And if you haven’t already seen it, do watch the movie, if only for the music. Though, there is a lot to love in it, it’s a movie that hits hard with the riots and rioters.

My sole memory of this movie is the one with the grandfather and the grandson walking the streets one night after the riots begin and them meeting rioters of the other religion. The grandson quickly covers for the old man, a close brush that to this day I have vivid recollections of.

Like every Rahman soundtrack worth its salt, this one too is difficult to find fault with. The man leaves no stone un-turned, to get you to feel the music when you hear it, even if it has been almost 20 years since it’s release, the songs are just as evocative.

Which brings us to this song. Uyire Uyire in Tamil (movie is dubbed into Hindi) is sung by Hariharan, a first time for him as well as Rahman who has experimented much with his voice later on. Tu Hi Re is a long song at almost 7 minutes, but it is never once boring. It keeps throwing one emotional punch after the other that hits you right in the feels.

Kehna Hi Kya¬†is my favourite of this soundtrack, not only is the music exemplary, so is Manisha Koirala. Watch out for the part where Chithra sings “wunhe mein pukaaru“, typically Southie style! ūüėÄ

Humma Humma is a classic you cannot not hear. Even Benny Dayal (Cue for me to go Ooooooooo) infused it with his own brand of enthu and groove! You must watch this video even if it is only for the Carnatic bit in the beginning!

There are three versions to this song, in Tamil, Hindi and English. The two videos today are:

The original in Tamil:

The live performance which is bilingual (Hindi and Tamil):