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! 😉

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 29: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna

Movie: Armaan (2003)
Song: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Chithra
Actors (in the song): Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta

Last week when I took an unplanned break from blogging about movies, I asked my friends at Bookhad for some help with songs. After I said the songs from DCH would be one, Aroop suggested this one! 🙂

Armaan is a movie I saw some time last year, and was immediately reminded of all the hospital dramas on TV. Indian and the American ones. Why do we have so many love stories in hospitals? Is that the most “happening” place? Wonder what my doctor friends feel about this.

Anyway, Preity Zinta in the movie and the song! Watch her! Her look, the way she acts as a deranged patient first and then a jealous, conniving wife is one of her career best, in my opinion. Watch this song and see the twist in the “samjhe” where very casually she threatens that if you don’t remain mine, then… Clearly, killing herself or him is not a very cheery thing to put in a seduction song, but she does it!

The funny part about this song is, unlike the usual where the actress gradually strips to up the “hot” quotient (pretty funny in my opinion), Preity actually begins in the bath and then her dresses keep getting longer! Wow. The best portion of the choreography for me though, is the part where she picks up the knives and forks and leads Anil Kapoor to the bedroom! Talk about living under gun-point (there’s a Tamanche pe Disco joke here somewhere, but I’m way to tired).

I will take a minute here because I have to appreciate Anil Kapoor. That man will be 60 soon and is still going from strength to strength. There was a time in the mid-2000s where I thought his career would slowly fade away after the string of nonsensical movies he did. Look at him now! 24 was a brilliant show for Indian TV, and don’t forget his debut as a director with Gandhi, My Father.

My only grouse with this song is SEL‘s choice of getting Chithra to sing. This is a snazzy, fun song that would better suit Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice. Instead she sung the soft from the movie, Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye Ho, my favourite from the movie! Nevertheless, enjoy the video here:

Day 26: Tanhayee and Jane Kyun

Movie: Dil Chahta Hain (2001)
Song: Tanhayee and Jane Kyun
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro(chorus)
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta

Remember Dil Chahta Hai? The movie that made people go to Goa every summer break as a rite of passage in college? Remember the music? Remember the opera singer? Remember Saif and Sonali in the flying step?

It would be an understatement to say that this is an album nicely made by SEL. Perhaps their best, in my opinion, tying very close to Johnny Gaddar (though the song by them that I can never forget is Aasman Ke Paar from Rockford. A movie both unappreciated and never given any importance to..pssst.. watch the video!)  DCH is the one movie I can definitely say bought a lot of new things in the Hindi film industry. Better music, better story, better hair cuts, shooting abroad and my favourite: Farhan Akhtar (behind the scenes).

If you’re wondering why the two contrasting songs, then I won’t blame you. On Tuesday, the day this song was to be posted, I had a lot of funny experiences. Some that I can laugh only in hindsight. Tanhayee was the background music when I thought I would be stranded at Amsterdam airport and miss my flight (more on that later). Jane Kyun was the one that got stuck in my head when after I boarded the flight, since I was thinking of DCH. Not only is Jane Kyun my favourite of the movie, it is also the one of the songs in which  SEL have put a lot of effort in, in my opinion.

I hope you know that they used the Australian aboriginal instrument – Didgeridoo- in this song. It’s the sound you hear at the start of the song. My favourite part, obviously, is Preity Zinta. Yes. The bubbly, sweet, simple looking, curly-haired Preity! 🙂 Especially in the part where she moves from the blue dress to the red top, her smile is something to die for.

As for Tanhayee, it’s Sonu Nigam all the way, yet again. If Shaan can make you smile, Sonu Nigam can make your insides crumble. I think the only other time I felt the exact same was Satrangi Re from Dil Se and may be a little less of the same in the sad version of Kal Ho Na Ho (don’t watch the video unless you want to see SRK overact!)

My favourite lines from Tanhayee:

Kyun aisi ummeed ki maine, jo aise nakaam hui,
duur banayi thi manzil, toh rastein mein shaam hui.

(Why did I hope for something that failed so,
I made my goals too far, the evening set on the way to them)

Watch the video here:

The lines that don’t leave my head from Jane Kyun:

Pyar toh khair sab hi karte hain,
Jaane kyun aap hi mukarte hain.

(Well, everyone loves,
Who knows why only you deny it.)

Watch this song here: