I have my usual litany of excuses lined up like good little soldiers as to why I haven't been updating the blog recently - sleeping too much, lack of potassium, too hot, all the troubles in the world, a blister on my toe and of course too many late night conversations with Hsu Chi. Oh, and I haven't watched anything recently either. For no particular purpose other than to amuse myself, I did go through all the Bollywood film reviews on my site and added links to whatever songs I could find on Youtube for those films. I have perhaps gone a bit Youtube crazy lately, but until a month or so ago I had never really gone to that site and have been somewhat amazed at how much they have on practically everything. People sure do keep themselves busy uploading things on there. And I am grateful that they have the time. So if ever you have a few hours to kill at work and feel like watching Bollywood musical clips, you can go to my section on Bollywood and click on the film of your choice.
While doing this linking up, I obviously saw a number of musical numbers and here are eleven of my favorites for films A-L. I like them for different reasons - sometimes it's the song, sometimes the picturization, sometimes the actress and sometimes it's the context within the film. M-Z will be coming soon if anyone cares.
1. From the 1973 film Bobby with Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor. Here Rishi is singing to the older Aruna Irani - one of the great vamps in the 60's and 70's - but thinking about Dimple. Just a great ballad that is beautifully poetic. One of the best first young love stories to come out of Bollywood.
Main Shayar To Nahin
2. From the 1995 Bombay starring Manisha Koirala and Avind Swamy with music from A.R. Rehman. It is about a Hindi man falling in love at first sight with a Muslim woman and the many troubles that follow. Here he sees her dance and is lost in love. A heartbreaking cry for understanding and tolerance. The director Mani Ratnam had his life threatened many times for making the film.
kehna hi kya
3. From the 2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke starring Salman Khan, Rani Mukerjee and Preity Zinta. It is a pretty silly film but has a few very good musical numbers. Here Salman first sees Rani at a friend's wedding and falls in love. Later problems begin after marriage when she can't give him a child and they turn to a prostitute - Preity - to do so. Wedding songs are a big staple in Bollywood films and I love this upbeat one as well as the playful chemistry between Salman and Rani. Not the best quality video though.
no. 1 punjabi
4. From the 1998 Dil Se with Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala and Preity Zinta. This is probably the best known song from Bollywood with the marvelous Malaika Arora doing an item number by dancing on top of the train. This one song made her an icon. The film is brilliant about a man falling in love with a female terrorist and the songs from A.R. Rehman are all great.
5. From the 1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge with Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. Films don't get much bigger than this as it ran for years in the theaters and made these two actors the biggest stars in Bollywood and everyone's favorite couple. SRK falls for Kajol but her father has already made arrangements for her to marry someone she has never met and she feels obliged to do his bidding. SRK goes to her father's home and tries to seduce the family with his charm - to no avail. This song is just lovely and one of my favorites.
Tujhe Dekha To
6. From the 1998 Ghulam starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerjee. Basic poor guy falls for rich girl story but these two stars make it quite enjoyable. This song became a big hit and was one of the first instances that began pushing Rani into stardom. It is very simple but I love the playful mood, the dance steps and Rani is adorable in it. One of the very few instances in which the actor sings as that is Aamir you are listening too.
Aati Kya Khandala
7. From the 1971 Hare Rama Hare Krishna with Zeenat Aman in her star making role as a good Indian girl gone bad by going to Nepal and getting into the dope scene. This song was a smash hit and is still a favorite of many with Asha Bhosle providing the vocals.
Dum Maro Dum
8. From the 1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun with Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit. This film was one of the biggest box office hits ever in Bollywood and is credited for bringing back both the family film as well as loads of music. It is also the film that made me finally give in to Madhuri's charms - in particular this song. This is another wedding ceremony song that apparently has something to do with hiding shoes and the best man and best woman have a game of hide and seek. In the film this is the moment that the previously feuding couple realize they are attracted to one another. Full of energy, silliness, the lovely Madhuri and it is Salman's best moment in film.
joote de do
9. From the 2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain with Aishwarya Rai and Tabu (in the recent the Namesake) with music once again from A.R. Rehman. Gorgeous songs and choreography throughout, this film is an adaption of Sense and Sensibility and one of my favorite films from India - it is actually Tamil though. In this scene, a man shows up at a party who is in love with Tabu but she has been jilted once too often and has given up on love or ever getting married. Her protective sister dances for the audience and Aish has rarely been lovelier.
10.. From the 2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which was a huge hit and had stars up the wazoo - Shahrukh, Kajol, Hrithik, Kareena, Jaya and Amitabh. This is just a big old fat glossy tear jerker about family that is nearly irresistable. This song has all of them in it and is just big and brash.
11. From the 1999 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which again teamed up Shahrukh and Kajol and was again a huge hit. This was actually the first Bollywood film I ever saw after a friend told me to keep an eye open for Rani Mukerjee - but like so many others it was the impish Kajol that blew me away. Rani came later. A great romance and tearjerker about two women in love with the same man - this song portrays that beautifully.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai