Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Love Is In The Air... - Favourite Love Song Picturizations

I know that it´s not Valentines or any other special occasion like a Royal Wedding (and I don´t mean any of the members of the european royal families)* but I was in kind of a romantic mood today and I just love to make lists (it helps to calm my neurotic, disorganised nature), so I thought what better time to revel in some frolicking around the trees than a cloudy, rainy and cold october afternoon?

A disclaimer: I am in no way in the position to criticize music professionally. I don´t know anything about notes, musical rhythm, I don´t even know enough technical terms to make this disclaimer sound somehow proper. I judge music purely by emotion, that is whether it reminds me of something/someone, if it gets into my head for days and doesn´t want to go away and, mostly, if it makes me happy.

* Although I just remembered that there actually is a special occasion because there IS a royal wedding ahead of us: Namely the wedding of Cherry Darling and his philantrophic girlfriend!
Oh I´m so excited about this one although I will be in mourning for that day as well, probably. So much for my perfect plan to become a backup dancer in SI movies and meeting Cherry just-so-casually by this, impress him with my awesome dancing skills and become Mrs. Cherry... *Le sigh*
Anyway, here we go:

10. "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Hindi, 1998)
Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik
Choreography: Farah Khan

If you´ve never seen KWK, I don´t blame you, but you have to see the last episode of season 2 with SRK and Farah Khan to really appreciate the effort made into this this song. Anyway, KKHH was one of the first Bollywood movies to see for me and it´s a perfect example of how great Bolywood can be. It is so innocent, fresh and genuinely made that I am really sad that they don´t make films like this anymore and that Karan Johar, SRK and Farah Khan have changed from these really nice and funny people to what they are today.

9. "Chup Chup Ke" - Bunty Aur Babli (Hindi, 2005)
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Sonu Nigam & Mahalakshmi Iyer
Choreography: Shiamak Davar

How much fun is BnB? It is so much fun that I wished that Abhishek and Rani would be married for real. They were the perfect couple for me (I love the way that she´s so tiny and he´s so big, tall and lanky, it makes them so much more adorable). I think Chup Chup Ke is the best example for their chemistry and a perfect example of how Bollywood has masterized the art of replacing a bed scene with a lovely song. (Even better examples are in Telugu cinema, coming later).

8. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" - Dil Se (Hindi, 1998)
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Awasthi
Choreography: Farah Khan

Chaiyya Chaiyya is one of my most favourite songs of all time. It is one of the most daringly choreographed songs in Indian cinema, it has SRK and Mallaika Arora Khan who are having the time of their life and the song is just Pure Awesome.

7. "Tere Bina" - Guru (Hindi, 2007)
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: A.R. Rahman, Murtuza Khan, Quadir Khan, Chinmayye
Choreography: Saroj Khan

Although weirdly placed in the movie (but that was the problem of all songs in Guru), Tere Bina has beautiful choreography, costumes and sets. I love to sing along to this song because it is just such a joyous, happy celebration of love. (Which makes its placing even more weird).
Besides all that, seeing Aish dance always makes me happy and how awesome it is that her character in the movie is doing exactly the same what I do when I`m feeling bad: Cleaning up the house!

6. "Sona Nahi Na Sahi" - One 2 Ka 4 (Hindi, 2001)
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan
Choreography: Ganesh

Juhi and SRK. ´nough said.

5. "Dholna" - Dil Toh Pagal Hai (Hindi, 1997)
Music: Uttam Singh
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan
Choreography: Shiamak Davar

While I don´t like the rest of the movie (I always hoped that he would end up with Karishma), I adore Dholna for being the typical Running-Around-In-Switzerland-Singing-Love-Songs-In-Illfitting-Clothes-And-Chiffon-Sarees-Yashraj-Extravaganza. And Shahrukh has a tummy! That would never occur today. Oh how I miss you, Sharhrukh from before 2000!

4. "Jashn-E-Bahara" - Jodhaa Akbar (Hindi, 2008)
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singer: Javed Ali
Choreography: Raju Khan


3. "Baby He Loves You" - Arya 2 (Telugu, 2009)
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Lyrics: Chandrabose
Singer: Devi Sri Prasad
Choreography: Raghu

Although being heartbroken, Arya gets to prove his heart of gold once more by singing a bittersweet song about the love of his rival.
Besides, Kajal gets to swing a machete. Arya dancing with the litte child. Arya, the kids and the father of the groom threatening eachother with combs. So many lovely and funny details that I could watch the song over and over again.

2. "Gundusoodhi" - Chatrapathi (Telugu, 2005)
Music: M.M. Keeravani
Lyrics: Chandrabose
Singers: M.M. Keeravani & Sunitha
Choreography: NVK. Anirudh

That is one sexy song. What is it about Telugu songs really? I mean, they are actually not doing anything but yet you have the feeling that there is something very hot going on. Maybe it´s the lyrics. Why is it that the Telugu love songs are so much more explicit in their lyrics than the Hindi ones? (Is it something about the culture? I always thought it is something about how South India is much more strict about showing affection in public than the North and therefore they need something as a juxtaposition so to say, but I´m only assuming.)

1. "Panchadhara Bomma" - Magadheera (Telugu, 2009)
Music: M.M Keeravani
Lyrics: Chandrabose
Singers: Anuj Gurwara & Reeta
Choreography: Shiva Shankar

The best love song picturisation I have seen until date. It´s just awesome. I am in love with everything in this song, the two leads, the beautiful scenery, the song itself, the lyrics, just everything.
Anyhow, Magadheera just blew my mind, so I´m biased here. I thought of taking "Dheera Dheera" instead because it is just so beautiful and has such a wonderfully haunting melody, but "Panchadhara Bomma" is the one which always sticks in my head after watching Magadheera for the gazillionst time so I decided to go with that.

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