Bollywood, which is the Indian version of Hollywood, is famous for two things - cheestastic yet oddly lovable movies and a proliferation of music that is a religion unto itself, even if you don't like the movies they appear in.
I admit, I am one such devotee. This is mainly a New Year's gift to belladonna_tb
, who introduced me to the glory of Rascal Flatts, but it's also an attempt to see if I can convert any of you other Western folks' musical sensibilities to appreciate the Mumbai vibes. =) I'm also including links to the videos, because I find that heightens my appreciation of the songs themselves.
I know that this stuff is all old hat to elluxion
, so I ask them to kindly yawn and scroll down. Nothing for you to see here, folks. ;-)Kal Ho Na Ho (Tomorrow May Never Come
) is one of the most beloved Hindi films to come out this decade, and its title song played on everyone's radio in the Eastern hemisphere for longer than "My Heart Will Go On". It also skyrocketed the already major Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's career to new heights. (Video
The second most popular song in the film, Maahi Ve (My Love
), arguably stayed on the air waves even longer, because it's just one of those that are way too catchy and upbeat to really die. Within months of the films release, school girls all over over South Asia had memorized the dance routine and it became a pop cultural sensation. (Video
A more recent Shah Rukh Khan film, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (Never Say Goodbye)
, despite a star-studded cast, stunning sets and gorgeous musical scores had a script that was doomed from the start. I don't think anybody had very much love for this movie, but the title song was a mega-hit. (Video
)Mitwa (My Friend)
, also a song of this movie, is one of those songs that make you feel unreasonably happy every time you hear it. This song was made
for an award-winning dance routine, and I had high hopes for a repeat of the "Maahi Ve" era, but it was not to be. I was thoroughly disappointed to see the half-assed choreography that had been afforded for this wonderful little number. (Video
)Tu Jahan (Wherever You Are)
is a hauntingly beautiful, melancholy melody that originated from a rather unlikely source - Salaam Namaste, which was a romantic comedy hit. The movie itself is, in the words of purplephoenix03
, "cheesy, improbable and cutesy as all hell". It's one of my favourites, largely owing to the funny and the phenomenal chemistry between Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta (formerly of Kal Ho Na Ho fame). Plus, Saif spends a large amount of time without his shirt on, which more than makes up for the fact that the last scene of the movie was a shameless Nine Months rip-off. *nods at this logic* (Video
, is a soundtrack from one of the great Bollywood classics of our time, Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Unbelievably erotic and yet restrained with it's lesbian overtones and heterosexual love scene coupled with the spice of gypsy abandon, I find the choreography on this video one of the best executed in the industry. The music itself is so evocative that our imaginations alone would have been enough, but the video actually brings the fantasy to life...in a more PG-13 way. *g* (Video
) Sare Sapne Kahin Kho Gaye
is not from a film, but a stand-alone album number from the famous playback singer Alka Yagnik, and has been one of the songs closest to my heart from childhood. The song itself is mellow and haunting and romantic enough, but the video was one of the sweetest I have ever yet seen,and the actress that starred in it was one of the prettiest. I hunted for this one far and wide, but this is the best I could do. The quality isn't the best, but it's the only place I could actually find it. Ah, internets, you have failed me! YouTube, what good are you? (Video
I will understand if this isn't everyone's cup of tea, especially since this is a whole different genre, but I'm interested in what you think. Feedback, peoples?
(All songs are linked to downloadable sendspace files and all videos linked to YouTube, except the last one.)