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. 🙂

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! 😉 This song also holds a place close to my heart because it was the tie-breaker of my Antakshri in college! We won! 😀

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! 😉

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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! 😉

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! 😀

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! 😉 Happy monsoon-y Sunday! 😀

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. 🙂

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! 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll soon be back on track! 😀 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! 😉

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: