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 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! 🙂

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! 😀

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):

Day 33: Yaar Mila De

Movie: Saathiya (2002)
Song: Mere Yaar Mila De
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: A. R. Rahman and Very surprisingly, I don’t know!
Actors (in the song): Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee.

Too tired, really sleepy, so only posting the video today! 🙂 The post will be updated later this week!

Watch this song from Saathiya over here:

Day 31: Dheeme Dheeme

Movie: Zubeidaa (2001) Song: Dheeme Dheeme Music Director: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Javed AkhtarSingers: Kavita Krishnamurthy Actors (in the song): Karisma Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai.

We had an audio cassette of this movie back in the days when everyone listened to music on them. The beige and brown background of the cover of the cassette as well as the amount of gold that Karisma Kapoor was wearing attracted me to it. That’s until the music started playing and then I was lost in it.

When I listen to the soundtrack now, it’s Mehendi Hain Rachnewaali by Alka Yagnik and Chodo More Baiyyan by Richa Sharma that I keep on loop. Both are melodies that stay with you unlike the rest of the movie.

My only memory of this movie is my mother, aunt (maasi), aunt (maami) and grandmother going to watch this while my sister and I stayed back with our grandfather and uncle. After seeing this movie about 2-3 years back, I see the reason on why it interested them so much and not the men. I felt like shaking Karisma Kapoor vigorously and saying “Girl! Grow up!” But all in all, it’s the type of story that would appeal to the Ekta Kapoor watching populace. Love triangle, two marriages, royals, palaces and Rekha.

Zubeidaa is apparently “loosely based” on the life of Zubeida Begum, the actress (not to be confused with Rani Zubeida the actress of Alam Ara). The movie is written by Khalid Mohamed, her first son. Partly biographical, I would presume, Karisma, Rekha and Manoj Bajpai are so ordinary it makes me wonder if the plane crash didn’t happen, this would be just another story.

The tragedy of Begum Zubeidaa goes further after her and Maharaja Hanwant Singh’s death. According to this article, her second son Tutu had a tragic end too. Her first son wrote the script for this movie. She couldn’t be a movie actress because her father didn’t approve of it; her son then became a movie critic and journalist of the types that we’ve rarely seen. That in itself is a Bollywood story!

Dheeme Dheeme is a soft song, Kavita Krishnamurthy has better songs, but this one is like-able. It also features an over-enthusiastic Karisma and a barely there Manoj Bajpai! Considering the fact that this is the man who played Bhiku Mhatre, Veerendra Pratap, Rashid, Raghavan Ghatge, Sardar Khan etc., it’s really surprising how under utilised he is in this movie.

Watch the video here and let me know if you agree:

Day 25: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare

Movie: Rangeela (1995)
Song: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob
Singers: Udit Narayan
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

Rangeela was a starting point for a lot of things. Urmila Matondkar’s career, Manish Malhotra’s racy costumes, Rahman’s Hindi debut soundtrack and the start of what is around two decades of animosity between Aamir Khan and popular awards.

Originally the song for today was to be Tanha Tanha Yahan Pe Jeena, the return of Asha Bhosale and went with my songs of the last few days. However, the song happens to feature Jackie Shroff in a speedo, something that cannot be unseen in this life. You’ve been warned. Therefore, in my dilemma, I chose this one! Kya kare kya na kare humesha ki mushkil hain haay!

Aamir Khan is something else in this movie! A lovable galli ka gunda who makes money by selling tickets in black outside movie theatres. This is my favourite scene from the movie.

Rahman is featuring way too often on my list I realise, but it’s something I cannot help. This album has a haunting character to it that you cannot ignore. Especially the effervescent Hai Rama.

My favourite lines from this song are:

Wo saamne chamakti hain,
Saans hi atakti hain,
Aur ye zubaan jaati hain phisal.

(She shines in front of me,
I cannot breathe,
And my tongue slips) 😉

Watch the video here:

Day 10: Ae Nazneen Suno Na

Movie: Dil Hi Dil Mein (2000)
Song: Ae Nazneen Suno Na
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob Kotwal
Singers: Abhijeet
Actors (in the song): Kunal Singh, Sonali Bendre.

I am really sleepy and very tired after a looooong day! So just posting the link to the song today, details will follow later. Don’t let that bother you though, listen to the song and enjoy the romantic setting like I did! 🙂

Update: Finally the promised post.

Dil Hi Dil Mein is one of those movies that I can say was before it’s time and not at the same time. Two people meet on the internet, lie about their identities and finally discover the truth – that certainly seems like something from this world. However, the number of times they confess their love to each other and the number of times it goes haywire is astounding! Even for a Bollywood film!

Originally in Tamil, this movie was dubbed into Hindi, so quite honestly, I am surprised it has good lyrics. Not only that, I think this is a rare album by Rahman where only a single song has stood out to me in an entire album. Seems like the rest as simply timepass.

Enjoy Sonali Bendre in various dresses simply wandering about in this song (reminds me of her “Soundarya Sabun Nirma” ad), and the picturesque locales. Abhijeet has really done a nice job with the song.

The lines I would listen to over and over again:

Lagta hain ke tum ko, rab ne banaya jis dum,
Apni kudaraton ko usne tum mein kar diya tha gum,
Iss jahaan ko husn baatna bhi kar diya tha kam.

(It seems like the moment the almighty created you,
he lost his nature in you,
and he he distributed less beauty to the world since.)

Watch the video here: