Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

Song of the Month


Song of the Month: The life philosophy behind Mr India's Zindagi ki yehi reet hai

February 24, 2020 5:28 pm

Shekhar Kapur and Sonam Kapoor recently expressed their displeasure over Mr India remake and rightly so. The 1987 comedy's popularity has been long-lasting, a feat that director Ali Abbas Zafar will find difficult to match. Same goes for its chartbuster music that remains one of its biggest draws.

Song of the Month: 10 years of Ishqiya's puckish Dil toh baccha hai ji

January 29, 2020 7:25 am

The Naseeruddin Shah-Vidya Balan romantic number plays out like a fantasy of an old man loopy in love. On Ishqiya's 10th anniversary today, director Abhishek Chaubey says, "Gulzar saab is the finest lyricist of this country, but even he can surprise you sometimes."

Song of the Month: The shocking relevance of Sahir Ludhianvi's rousing Jinhe naaz hai Hindi par

December 26, 2019 4:25 pm

Amidst the ongoing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, the politically-charged "Jinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahan hai?" from Guru Dutt's 1957 classic Pyaasa is a reminder that poets and writers have always held a mirror to the ruling order. I wonder how the Left-leaning Sahir Ludhianvi, who braved Partition, would have reacted to the contentious bill and threats to India's long-cherished secularism and freedom of speech.

Song of the Month: Revisiting Roja's Chinna chinna aasai, a dreamy tune from pre-liberalisation India

November 30, 2019 1:53 pm

Today, A R Rahman is known for putting Indian music on the global map. But as most music buffs will tell you, some of the Oscar winner's best works belong to the '90s, especially in Mani Ratnam's sensitive relationship-based films. One of them was Roja, Rahman's genre-defying debut that revolutionised film music in India.

Song of the Month: In praise of Gulzar's Tujhse naaraz nahin and the puzzling joys of life

December 26, 2019 4:27 pm

Penned and composed by the indomitable Gulzar-RD Burman team, "Tujhse naaraz nahin zindagi" from Masoom (1983) plays out in two different versions (Anup Ghoshal and Lata Mangeshkar), suggesting the helplessness of a father on one hand and narrating the emotional state of a woman dealing with her husband's illegitimate child, on the other.

Song of the Month: Mughal-E-Azam's “Teri mehfil mein” holds clues to the film, predicting Anarkali's doomed fate

December 26, 2019 4:28 pm

In a soundtrack as watertight as Mughal-E-Azam's, it is difficult to pick one favourite song. By common consensus, “Pyaar kiya toh darna kya” is easily the film's most famous song but it is the qawwali “Teri mehfil mein qismat” that is the more complex, multilayered and interesting one.

Song of the Month: Haqeeqat's "Ho ke majboor" finds the sweet spot between romance and pining in the time of war

August 26, 2019 11:32 am

Just as the recent blockbuster Uri had the belligerence of Narendra Modi writ all over it, Haqeeqat is soaked in Nehru-ism. The Chetan Anand film also offers newer and deeper meanings of patriotism in the Modi-era zeitgeist.