Of fish fry, kala kutta and rasgulla. 10 Best Hindi Film Songs of All Time.
If you are here hoping to start a discussion on the 10 Best Hindi Film Songs of All Time, you may want to stop reading, like, now.
Hindi cinema has had so many gems that the biggest and the brightest experts on movies and music would find it tough to create a list of even the 100 best, leave alone the 10 Best Hindi Songs of all time. The expanse is awfully wide, ranging from K L Saigal to Amit Trivedi and everybody else in between. And I sure am not the right person to generate the list. Not because I am not capable, but because it may just be sacrilegious to take one song and leave another considering the number of great songs that we have had. And, also because I am not capable.
But here I am. Still hitting the imaginary keys of the imaginary typewriter, and feeling adequately writerish, if there ever was such a word. Here’s why. I may not be good enough to pick up the 10 Best Songs, but hey, I sure am bad enough to pick up the 10 Worst Hindi Film Songs of All Time. True story.
When I say bad songs, I don’t quite have songs like Choli ke peechhe kya hai, Sarkaye liyo khatiya jaada lage or Chadh gaya oopar re in my mind. Choli ke peechhe is not exactly high art, but it did serve the purpose of being this raunchy raw number in a situation that required a raunchy raw number, and being judgmental about that would mean being silly. But more importantly, I do not want to take the moral high ground here and castigate racy songs just because they are, well, racy. Also, fyi, the answer is boobs.
I have also let go of the South Indian entries rehashed in Hindi. So Telephone dhun mein hansne waali, Melbourne machhli machalne waali would not find a place in my list despite the lyricist PK Mishra’s greatness staring at us. In fact, my entire list can be made out of the contribution from Robot and Indian, but that would be kind of playing favorites.
Have consciously avoided Hindi film songs in English, because it is grossly unfair to their Hindi counterparts, and these songs really don’t need my certification, in any case. Here’s why. My heart is beating. Keeps on repeating. I am waiting for you. My love encloses. A plot of roses. And when shall be then. Our next meeting. Cause love you know. That time is fleeting. Time is fleeting. Time is fleeting. Now picture somebody called Lakshmi singing those lines while being directed by one K S Sethumadhavan. If you still don’t understand where I am coming from, I wanna chiggie wiggie witcha boy.
You would also not find any of those hybrid songs like ILU ILU, Lazy lamhen and Zara zara touch me. They are neither here, nor there. Certainly not here.
Last, I have not taken songs that were meant to be funny intentionally. This would mean no C.A.T cat, cat mane billi or Shaam dhale khidki tale tum seeti bajana chhod do or Main Laila Laila chillaunga kurta phaad ke.
The lyrics and the songs of each era reflect the socio-cultural scenario they have emerged from, deserving their place of honour or dishonour under the sun. I am no expert at judging the creations of others but I certainly am an expert at making these cover-your-ass statements like I just did. So. Here I go. In no particular order.
1. Hato Hato Doctoron Ki Toli Aayi. If you ever thought Who let the dogs out was the first song to get inspired by the barking dog/s, don’t ever say this to Rajesh Roshan. Everybody from the Roshan clan would laugh uproariously, mock at you and then do wild high fives (Insert Hrithik Roshan high-six joke here) after hearing you. This song talks about a doctoron ki toli, and the incredible acts of this she-dog Tommy. Tommy is the name of a bitch. Yes. Now let me not spoil your fun. Here are the lyrics penned by Indeevar: Hato hato doctoron ki toli aayi, toli aayi. Compounder saath mein Tommy laayi, Tommy laayi. Bow. Bow Wow. Bow. Bow Wow. Baat jo bigdi hai ban jaayegi. Saath mein beautiful nurse laayi. I have not had the chance to see this dog or the song, but it is from the 1991 film Karz Chukana Hai, starring Govinda. Okay. Case closed. Also, the inspiration for this song, if at all, is the Patti Page number How much is that doggie in the window.
2. Ek Rasgulla Kahin Phat Gaya Re. To be fair, there are too many Govinda songs that can make it to the list and it is very strenuous to decide on the best worst Govinda song/s. He is the one who has mouthed immortal lines like Tujhko mirchi lagi toh main kya karun, Meri pant bhi sexy and Main tujhko bhaga laya hoon tere ghar se, tere baap ke dar se. But this song from the 1990 film Izzatdaar is special because it has been picturized on Madhuri Dixit along with Govinda. The actors are in a state of inebriation a la Jai Jai Shiv Shankar, and this is the high point of their musical conversation: Sun oh mister. Oh mister. Sun oh mister. Oh mister. Mister. Oh mister. Ek taaza khabar. Mmmmmmm. Ek rasgulla kahin phat gaya re. Re baba re. Phat ke jalebi se lipat gaya re. I could not figure who has written these lyrics but whoever could imagine an exploding rasgulla tightly hugging a jalebi after getting torn off, I would want to get pregnant with your child.
3. Angoor Ka Dana Hoon. Sui Na Chubha Dena. That’s a fair ask. Because no self respecting angoor ka daana would want to be pin-pricked by a needle. This is why: Angoor ka daana hoon. Sui na chubha dena. Sui jo chubhayi toh ras tapkega. Jo ras tapkega toh… Kiss. Miss. Kissmiss. Kissmiss ban jaaungi. Roughly translated, this is how the song goes: “I am a grape, a fruiting berry of the deciduous woody vines of the botanical genus described as Vitis”. Ha, fooled you, that’s Wikipedia talking! But seriously, I don’t think the song can be explained. It has to be absorbed somewhere deep down inside. If you cannot understand the lyrics, you don’t understand literature. Go drown. Thank you, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Thank you Sawan Kumar Tak. Kiss. Miss. Kissmiss.
4. Main Toh Preetam Ko Kar Rahi Thi Ta Ta Re. The year was 1997. The film was Gudgudee. The actor was Pratibha Sinha. Check out the first two lines of the song: Main toh Preetam ko kar rahi thi ta ta re. Ki kaale kutte ne mujhe kaata re. What an agonizing situation to be in, poor girl. Bidding adieu to your loved one and being bitten by a black dog. Naturally, you expect her poignant tale of woes to continue in the next two lines of the song. And continue it does: Kaale kutte ne mujhe kaata re. Jab Preetam ko kar rahi thi ta ta re. So if you missed her heart-rending state of affairs in the earlier take, you certainly would get it now with that tear-jerking play of words. Oh, that bloody dog, the slayer of love. Btw, we had saved the best for the last. The director of this film was Basu Chatterjee. The Basu Chatterjee.
PS: Pratibha Sinha’s other claim to fame is this exceptional song exploring temporal spaces from the movie Military Raaj titled Kabhi hafte mein do hafte mein tu mil ja mujhko raste mein. Also, some people remember her for her tits.
5. I One Love Four You Three. This song has Mithun Chakraborty teaming up with Harish, telling us how professing one’s affection with an ‘I love you’ is passé. Harish, for those not in the know, is the only actor in the country who can pass off both as a South Indian bhelwala and a North Indian bhelwala with equal effortlessness. He also had played the heroine in Karishma Kapoor’s debut film Prem Qaidi. The song is reflective of the societal milieu of the post-liberalization 1990s. And this when I don’t even know what that last sentence meant. I One. Love Four. You Three. Bolo one four three. Yaani I love you. Bolo one four three. I love you hua purana. Yeh naya hai zamana. Nayi nayi baat karo. Jab bhi mulaqaat karo. Hoor ho ya pari. I One. Love Four. You Three. Bolo one four three. Yaani I love you. Bolo one four three. Yes. Indeed. Mithun Chakraborty, Harish, Mohammed Aziz, Udit Narayan, Jatin, Lalit, Arshad Khan, Salim Akhtar… they don’t make them like you anymore, comrades. One Four Three all.
6. Kya Gaadi Hai. Kya Number Hai. Or this is how Jackie Shroff describes his ladylove Sangeeta Bijlani in the 1991 film Lakshmanrekha. The cringing candescence of this Amit Kumar song lights up my dull and dark days even now. Kya gaadi hai. Kya number hai. Kya body hai. Kya bumper hai. Oopar se dekho. Neeche se dekho. Aage se dekho. Peechhe se dekho. Kahin se dekho ji. Haai kya baat hai. Haai kya baat hai. If this isn’t subtle, what is? But please don’t try this at home.
Special mention to this other Jackie Shroff number Back Maarti Hai Front Maarti Hai. Jackie plays a Police Officer in this 1992 film of the same name. And he sings this song for Karishma Kapoor: Back maarti hai. Fur-runt maarti hai. Dekho yeh ladki current maarti hai. Ladki samajh ke issko na chhoona. Yeh kaali nagin ka hai namoona. Dant maarti hai yeh dunk maarti hai. Dekho yeh ladki current maarti hai. Everytime this song gets played on radio or TV, a girl gets molested and goes to a Police Officer. Or sometimes the girl goes to the Police Officer and gets molested. Which other film would have an impact like this!
7. You Are My Chicken Fry. You Are My Fish Fry. While it is an unhappy sight, I can so visualize Bappi Lahiri moving around with spring in his steps and in his gold crusted Spongebob boxers after conjuring this song up. Chicken Fry was Bappi da’s eureka moment. (Okay, the sight just became unhappier, bathtub et al.) Not every day does such brilliance strike the human race: You are my chicken fry. You are my fish fry. Kabhi na kehna kudiye bye bye bye. Wow. Only the cruellest and the most heartless kudiye can reject such a passionate and warm plea. Therefore, the good girl replies, in affirmation: You are my samosa. You are my masala dosa. Main na kahungi mundya bye bye bye. Moral of the story: Angoor ka dana hoon deserves the Nobel prize for Literature.
8. It’s 6 AM. I Love You Mom. Annu Malik hit the creative goldmine with this song from the 2003 film Khushi. Sung by Sonu Nigam and picturized on Fardeen Khan in his shorts, the song can inspire you for life. It’s 6 am. I love you, mom. I’ll have some cornflakes. Mujhe milega dum. I’ll have good shower. And a shave. Listen to music. It’s gotta be late. Put on my jeans. And Provogue shirt. Ladki dhoondoonga. With short short skirts. Mere dil mein phool khil rahe hain. Chaand tare din mein khil rahe hain. Pyaar hone ko hai. Dil khone ko hai. O ho O ho O. Good morning, India. This is it. I love you mom. Mujhe milega dum. I’m this cokehead. Must go to bed. What khushi!
9. Din Mein Leti Hai. I had consciously decided to avoid the double entendre songs or songs that were conceived with the premise that they had to be crass and vulgar to titillate and shock. Plenty examples. Saat saheliyan khadi khadi, Main maalgaadi tu dhakka laga, Kal saiyyan ne aisi bowling kari, Khada hai khada hai khada hai dar pe tera ashique khada hai or Bhaag DK Bose and Oonche se ooncha banda potty par baithe nanga from recent times. But I have still kept this one song from the 1994 film Amanat in my list for the sheer audacity of its creators – Bappi Lahiri, Kumar Sanu, Anwar Sagar, Illa Arun, Alka Yagnik – to believe that they could get away with something like this. They did. Din mein leti hai. Raat mein leti hai. Subah ko leti hai. Shaam ko leti hai. Kya bura hai. Usska naam leti hai. Arre bol bol kiska? Apne saajan ka. Apne baalam ka. Apne preetam ka. Apne jaanam ka.
PS: Ila Arun, how do you sing with that machine running?
10. Mister Prime Minister. Hey you. And you and you. Oll of you. Come here. Come hither. Brother and sister. And there. There miss. And this mister. Come whun come all. To know the how and see the who. Of this. Mister Prime Minister. Event of the times. Cold and sinister. Angel of a man. Not a fixter. Not a smooth operator. Then in down like a gutter. This Misther Prime Minister. Bappi Lahiri and Dev Anand joined forces to create this geriatric gobbledygook in the 2005 release called, uhm, Mr. Prime Minister. I give up.
And here’s the list of the also-rans.
1. Ladki Nahin Hai Tu Lakdi Ka Khamba Hai. The entire decade of 1980s belonged to Jeetendra with films like Maqsad, Tohfa, Sarfarosh, Mawaali, Haisiyat, Hoshiyar, Haqeeqat, Sanjog, Majaal and many more, touching the deepest depths of daftness, showcasing some of the most absurd songs of Hindi cinema ever produced, complete with flying colors, dancing matkas and Jayaprada in a petticoat. (One sec. Haan, hello. Kaun? Oh, Amar Singh ji? Haan sir, would send you the link asap.) Amongst all those charming numbers, our vote goes to this song from Himmatwala: Aiiiiiii. Ladki nahin hai tu lakdi ka khamba hai. Bakbak mat kar naak tera lamba hai. Aa aa. Idhar tu aa aa. Aiiiiiii. Ja. Aa gaya kehan se tu bada hi nikamma hai. Ja ke chhup ja tu wahan jahan teri amma hai. Ja ja. Arre tu ja ja. It takes the creative skills of somebody as intense as Indeevar to manufacture lyrical banter of this stature. Also, lamba naak instead of lambi naak? That was sheer genius, sir.
2. Bingo Bingo Bingo Main Hoon Bingo. Indian Cinema has showcased some great friends and friendship over the last 100 years. Jai Veeru. Ram Balram. Bharat Bhushan. (Okay, I made the last one up.) But nobody can beat the friendship between Bingo and Ringo in the 1985 release Ma Kasam. Amjad Khan and Mithun Chakraborty light up the screen in this Bappi Lahiri-Farooq Qaiser song of friendship, courage and valour. And they have Kalpana Iyer aka Pappi Sundaram for company. Bingo Bingo Bingo, main hoon Bingo. Ringo Ringo Ringo, main hoon Ringo. Haan haan main Pappi Sundaram. Sambhal ke rakhna har kadam. Karenge chhutti, Ma kasam. Ma kasam. Ma kasam. Enough said.
3. Main Ladki Po Po Po. As if romancing with Suneil Shetty in Hera Pheri wasn’t bad enough for Tabbu, she was also made to sing these awesome lines: Main ladki PO PO PO. Tu ladka PO PO PO. Hum dono mile PO PO PO. Ab aage hoga kya? Only a lyricist of Sameer’s calibre could ask such an existential question with such simplicity and also provide the answer through Suneil Shetty: Kuch nahin hoga kuch nahin hoga. Hum dono mein bas yeh hoga. PO PO PO. PO PO PO. PO PO PO. PO PO PO. PO PO PO. PO PO PO. PO PO… I swear I am not making up the number of POPOPOs in this song. Honest. And to add insult to injury, Shetty actually slaps Tabbu and then kicks her ass, literally, while rejecting her overtures in the middle of the song. What the PO.
4. Mere Baap Ki Beti Meko Bhai Bolti, Mere Baap Ki Biwi Meko Beta Bolti. Like Govinda, there are too many Salman Khan songs that can make it to the list. But I have chosen this one because of the ease with which it exposes the underbelly and the complexities of the great Indian family, and at the same time, highlights the hopes and aspirations of the common man. If that common man is Salman Khan, that is. Mere baap ki beti meko bhai bolti. Mere baap ki biwi meko beta bolti. Meri maa ka bhai meko bhaanja bolta. Mere bhai ki beti meko chacha bolti. Ooparwaale, tune, mujhko sab kuchh diya. Ab dede husband kehne waali sundar biwi. Never again has the great Indian joint family been represented in Hindi cinema like this. Must be a really good joint.
If you are not convinced with this selection, try this other Salman Khan song called Main Toh Mere Papa Ki Carbon Copy from the 2002 film Yeh Hai Jalwa: Nahin fax, nahin xerox, nahin telex ya computer ki floppy. Main to mere Papa ki carbon copy. And if you are still not convinced, well, let me not tell you mere baap ka beta tujhe kya bolta.
5. Do Me A Favor, Let’s Play Holi. To give Anu Malik the credit, he has had the distinction of making songs with lyrics as bizarre as Ek garam chai ki pyaali ho, Oonchi hai building lift teri band ha or Aaila re ladki badi mast mast fairly hummable. But that is still no defence for a song as moronic as this: Do me a favor let’s play holi. Rangon mein hai pyaar ki boli. Mere peechhe peechhe peechhe kyon aaye. Mera jiya jiya kyon dhadkaaye. Ja re ja don’t touch my choli. Uff yeh Holi. Haai yeh Holi. While Sameer has been credited with writing the lyrics of this song, one is more than sure this mukhda was penned by Mr. Malik considering the enthusiasm and passion with which he has sung the song, feeling the extent, intensity and power of pure love. Yes, Indian Aesthetics aficionados, THIS is shringar rasa for you, thank you.
Talking of purity and passion, Himesh Reshammiya’s Tandoori Nights deserves a place in here. If these nights of the roasted variety do not move you, you were born to Androids. Tak tana na na tandoori nights. Tandoori nights. Tandoori nights. Tak tana na na tandoori nights. Tandoori nights. Tandoori nights. Sama sharabi. Dono jahan sharabi. Rut rawan sharabi, dildar ve. Hawa sharabi. Teri ada sharabi. Yeh fiza sharabi, dildar ve. Tanha tanha hai dil. Tanha tandoori nights. If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Rabba. Rabba. Meri jaan jale. Jale. Jale. Jale…
Compare these to the Qamar Jalalabadi song from the 1959 film Do Ustad, Ric Ric Tic Tic.The song goes Ric Ric Tic Tic Boom Boom Tic. Tere mere do dil ho gaye ik. Dil mein mere kar reha hai kaun aaj picnic. Funny, yes. Mildly inane, yes. But not Kiss Miss by a long shot. Or Po Po Po.
The reason why I mention Qamar Jalalabadi is that while Qamar Saab has given us songs like Aaiye meherbaan, baithiye jaanejaan and Ek pardesi mera dil le gaya, he can also take the credit for writing quite a few ‘non-regular’ songs in Hindi films, from Mera naam Chin Chin Chu to Worli ka naka aaka ka baaka on a regular basis. But he still never did compromise on the poetry despite the difference in tonality. Dum Dum Diga Diga. Mausam bhiga bhiga. Bin piye main toh gira. Main toh gira. Main toh gira. Haai allah. Surat aapki subhan allah. Cheesy. But still classy.
God bless this man. Pappi Sundaram to him. : )
(Originally posted on missmalini.com) | If you liked this note, you may also like The Gods Must Be trashy, Getting educated at Bollywood: Woh toh theek hai magar woh kab karenge! and Dear English in Bollywood… Zindagi bhar rahunga, yours faithfully!.
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Very well written.I post a Hindi song every night on my Facebook wall (a thread I named ‘RAAT KE HUMSAFAR’) and one follower referred your blog requesting me not to ever feature any of these songs in my thread.
I am not only impressed by your collection of the lousiest songs, but also by your intensely fluid manner of writing and incredible sense of humor. Keep it up! You can star of sarcasm, which I myself rate very very high!
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Superb stuff!… my 2 cents here –
1. Tai(n) tai(n) paas mere aaja ya to mujhko bula le… Mulzim
2. When Heer sat in the doli – Roshni
3. Kala kauva dekhta hai – Mera haque
4. Batata vada – Hifazat
5. Khada hai khada hai – Andaaz ( Anil kapoor)
Gajendra…. When Heer Sat In The Doli is a find. I bow to thee, master! :)
Exceptional is an understatement … Kudos bro .. I came back to read it once again today since it was first posted and enjoyed it even more … please come up with more ..
P.S. noticed that the songs soundcloud links provided creepily resembles very long and thorny dicks … in context of this post there must be a joke in there somewhere .. :P
There are two other articles in the series already on the blog, Avik. Working on a few more. Watch this space.
just saw a similarly weird song from yahoo…of three this one is the weirdest
btw…when can we expect the next filmy post???
The next post is out already, Rajani! :)
This is Hilarious.
Here are some more which I think should be in the honorable mentions:
– Doodh Bann Jaungi Malai Bann Jaungi (From Sarhad)
– ABCDEFGHI and so on….(Hum Saath Saath Hai)
– Mere Baap ki beti mere ko bhai bolti (Chal mere Bhai)
you should Nangi acchi lagti hai, I can’t hold it any longer from LSD – it is quite hilarious… but great research and list, loved it…
I meant the song name: Tu Nangi acchi lagti hai, it is quite unassuming song…
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videos, this website could undeniably be one of the most beneficial in its niche.
The problem is that I am struggling with formatting in wordpress. If you check out my post “The Gods Must Be Crazy”, it has the pictures, but the formatting and spacing have gone for a toss. I am figuring how best to use the wordpress templates and be rest assured that it is a part of my agenda. On putting the video references, unfortunately, that is a bit more complicated. The advantage of these audio clips is that you get to hear only the relevant portions. So I download the songs, edit them and then upload them on Soundcloud. If I try to do the same to the video files, the music companies, through YouTube, would create an issue, eventually removing those files. And wordpress does not accept a Vimeo clip or some such. Still don’t have a solution to this. :|
I’m actually proud of how many of these I know :) :)
Thank you so much for this post. I’ve saved the link for dreary days!
I almost lost my interest into Bollywood songs until this post happened to me……..
very well written( or chosen)…..
Din me leti hai, Raat me leti hai….wtf……..this song needs some award of some type….
didn’t hear a few of them earlier…..specially liked Po Po Po , Bingo-Ringo other than first five in the list…which flipped me over by all means…..
Whoever deserves even a partial credit have my thanks at their doorstep.
haha brilliant, my friend!
summed it up expertly.
Though I would add this to the list too.. :)
Anu Mailk at it again. :)
So cool……I’m ready to sing them all for you :D
Very well written, had me doing the rounds of ROFL….etc.
Haha. Sure thing. Tell me when. :)
Brilliant!! Not just your knowledge, but your style of writing :D Too good!
Thanks, Gayatri. Would love to get your opinion on the new post as well. Whenever you have the time, that is.
Thank you, it was fun reading this. This proves for me that in Indian movies there is very thin line between mainstream and B-grade content as many of these unlikely gems are from popular singers and composers.
Glad you had fun reading it. I had fun writing it. :)
Had written this a year back. Guess these songs are universally appealing.
Nice selection there, bro.
you missed sansanana sigh sigh ho rahi thi baag mein
Oh, yes, Tilottama. I have missed quite a few gems, come to think of it. It was the classic case of “Ik main anaar yahan, itne beemaar yahan, yeh dil main kis kis ko doon.”
You can’t possibly forget main hoon narangi mere ang ang se khatta khatta meetha meetha ras tapke
I consciously did not select songs that were designed to provoke. “Malan tara baag mein nazuk nazuk daal par narangi latke” featuring Shakti Kapoor is another such song. So there.
which moie was that and who were the actors….i am trying to find this song
good one.. what abt.. “doctor babu der na kar, tu jaldi lagaa de Suiii.. ueee.. :)
good one.. what abt.. “doctor babu der na kar, tu jaldi chubha de Suiii.. ueee.. :)
really awesome digging you’ve done to come out with a list like that… lots of other songs that cud have been included though… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiGCSbt-fx0 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc1MaqCricc
Loved loved loved your sense of humour… Totally wicked…
Do keep your “writerish” juices flowing.. Would really like to read more such stuff from you…
Next one hopefully coming within this week.
PS: That’s What She Said.
Love love love your sense of humour… Great job…
Keep such “writerish” stuff coming… I am a fan!!!
Man this is fabulous…knew 8 of 15 but your writing made me listen to all these rare gems….
I swear Preetam ko Tata ..kale kutte ne katta is one that i would like to hear even on my death bed…..sure to bring out a guffaw even then…..
Well i always thought i am the master of these songs…but man u beat me…i knew 90% of the songs very well and even stanzas like in angoor ka daana hoon..the stanza is like this…raaton ki mein raani hoon, har dil ki jawaani ho, angoor ki peti hoon, shawab purani hoon, yeh raat hai, shavab ki, murjaane nahin dena ;-)) Neways u beat me…well done and good research
I swear by my middle class Bihari gods the intention was never to beat you. :P
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Probably one of the most humorous collection of songs that one could ever come across! Brilliant work.
OMG, this is hilarious!!! I’ve only heard 2 or 3 on the list, but thanks for introducing us to such gems!! Honestly, excellent post!!!
Haven’t heard seven-tenths of the list… don’t know where that leaves me on the scale of one to ten… but your writing makes me want to listen to the agonizing lyrics… you are a clever, clever man…
Thank you, Hina. That’s some succinct summation! And very flattering, too, if I may add.
so what was it that sent you off in to spiral of lyrics from the other side of la-la land?
Just good upbringing.
Wow! I’ve grown up on these songs. Especially Angoor ka daana hoon, Back maarti hai, Chicken fry and most of Anu Malik’s bizarre songs mentioned here. Talking of Tabu, she had another bizarre song in a film called Kohram, starring opposite Nana Patekar. The song went Ladka tu ek patakha, ladki main ek dhamaka, dono ke dil hain jawaan. It was sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Jaspinder Narula and had the formidable Nana Patekar in an ultimate image makeover: a punk wearing low-waist jeans, bracelet, baseball cap turned backwards and shades. And like how Sunil Shetty kicked Tabu’s ass (quite literally) in Hera Pheri, in this Kohram song, Nana Patekar and Tabu kick each other’s asses. It made me squeamish, no doubt, but it was a fun song to watch.
Amazing stuff. I consider myself a huge Bollywood fan, especially songs. And still I hadn’t heard more than about 4 songs from the list, so commendable research.
I laughed non-stop while reading this. Brilliantly researched and written. :D
Loved it and enjoyed it. Infact a friend circulated it to me and urged me to read it when I am down. Great post:)
Thanks. I surely am getting inspired to write more. :)
And we are still arguing as to who deserves the Bharat Ratna when there are such worthy contenders. Sachinbhai PO PO PO
Annu Mallik, Bappi Lahiri and Indivar should share the award.
this is deadly stuff..true blue original humor (and sometimesblack)..
Too good read.. Keep up the work
Amazing stuff! You write like no one else i have read before. Hillarious and splendidly written.
Thanks, Deepika. Glad you liked it. :)
Mindblowing research!! ROFL!! Simply Hilarious!!!!
Brilliant Brilliant post, lit up a rather dull office day
Most of the songs I have never heard of.. no doubt then that these are the worst ever songs of bollywood..
But now that so much has been said about them, I am too eager to watch them at least once!!
amazing man…what research
Glad you enjoyed reading it, Rahul.
Died laughing reading this post…..keep them coming :)
Thanks, Minal. And sure thing. :)
awesome man ! u rock !