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Bollywood SoundsThe Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song$

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199993468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993468.001.0001

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(p.175) Appendix B Recommended Listening and Viewing

(p.175) Appendix B Recommended Listening and Viewing

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Notes on the Song and Film Lists

My guiding approach in selecting these songs was to identify songs that most Indians would recognize, regardless of the generation of the person or the decade of the song. In essence, each of the song/film selections should be relatively obvious to a connoisseur of Indian film song. That said, I have tried to limit my suggestions to one or two songs per film in order to provide the greatest variety, especially since many great songs appear in less-than-great films. In contrast, while there are a lot of fantastic films that do not have noteworthy music, I have recommended films that are best known for their songs but have a strong film narrative as well.

Although each of these songs would be deemed as canonical (or evergreen) by most fans, these lists should not be construed as comprehensive. Indeed, in every decade, there are hundreds of songs that could be great examples here. In addition, there are many songs that were very popular in their time, but have not weathered as well as most of the songs on this list. Some songs have resurfaced in popular remixes or advertisements that have drawn audience attention by their reuse. I have tended to prioritize these songs on this list. Similarly, many older songs have appeared in contemporary films in a different form. For example, “Eena meena deeka” was reprised in Dil Chahta Hai (2001); “Pyar kiya to darna kya,” “Kahin pe nigahen,” and several other evergreen songs were sung by the actors in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995); while “Awara hoon” and “Duniya mein logon ko” were part of the diegetic background music of Bunty Aur Babli (2005). The reuse of these songs is a testament to their enduring popularity as classics, even as they are introduced to new generations. (p.176)

While it might be useful to represent a broad swath of music directors, the goal of this book is to make everything manageable for new audiences. Thus, there is an obvious concentration on the music directors (e.g., Shankar-Jaikishan, S. D. and R. D. Burman, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, A. R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) and singers (Lata, Asha, Rafi, Kishore) that I have discussed in this book. Finally, I have tried to avoid listing songs that are not easily available in the United States. Each of these songs should be available just about anywhere in the world in music stores that carry film songs, on music service channels (like Spotify, eMusic, etc.), or online retail outlets like iTunes or Amazon.com.

10 Recommended Films (1940–1949)

  • Nartaki. 1940. Director: Debaki Bose. Music: Pankaj Mullick.

  • Kismet. 1943. Director: Gyan Mukherjee. Music: Anil Biswas.

  • Tansen. 1943. Director: Jayant Desai. Music: Khemchand Prakash.

  • Meri Bahen. 1944. Director: Hemchandra Chunder. Music: Pankaj Mullick.

  • Shahjehan. 1946. Director: A. R. Kardar. Music: Naushad.

  • Anmol Ghadi. 1946. Director: Mehboob Khan. Music: Naushad.

  • Shehnai. 1947. Director: P. L. Santoshi. Music: C. Ramchandra.

  • Aag. 1948. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Ram Ganguly.

  • Barsaat. 1949. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • Andaz. 1949. Director: Mehboob Khan. Music: Naushad.

15 Recommended Songs (1940–1949)

  • “Guzar gaya woh zamana” (“Those days have passed”) Doctor (1941) Singer: Pankaj Mullick. Music Director: Pankaj Mullick. Lyrics: A. H. Shore.

  • “Dheere dheere aa re badal” (“Oh clouds, come quietly”) Kismet (1943) Singer: Ashok Kumar, Amirbai Karnataki. Music Director: Anil Biswas. Lyrics: Pradeep.

  • “Barso re” (“Make it rain”) Tansen (1943) Singer: Khursheed. Music Director: Khemchand Prakash. Lyrics: D. N. Madhok.

  • “Diya jalao” (“Light a lamp”) Tansen (1943) Singer: K. L. Saigal. Music Director: Khemchand Prakash. Lyrics: D. N. Madhok.

  • “Do naina matware tihare” (“Your dreamy eyes”) Meri Bahen (1944) Singer: K. L. Saigal. Music Director: Pankaj Mullick. Lyrics: Pt. Bhushan.

  • “Dil jalta hai” (“Let the heart smolder”) Pehli Nazar (1945) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: Anil Biswas. Lyrics: Aah Sitapuri.

  • “Awaz de kahan hai” (“Call out to me, where are you?”) Anmol Ghadi (1946) Singer: Noorjehan, Surendra. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Tanveer Naqvi.

  • (p.177) “Jawan hai mohabbat” (“Love is youthful”) Anmol Ghadi (1946) Singer: Noorjehan. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Tanveer Naqvi.

  • “Mere sapnon ki rani, Ruhi” (“Ruhi, the queen of my dreams”) Shahjehan (1946) Singer: K. L. Saigal. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Aana meri jaan...Sunday ke Sunday” (“Come my love, every Sunday”) Shehnai (1947) Singer: Chitalkar, Meena Kapoor, Shamshad Begum. Music Director: C. Ramachandra. Lyrics: P. L. Santoshi.

  • “Jhoom jhoom ke nacho aaj” (“Sway in happiness and dance today”) Andaz (1949) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Tu kahe agar” (“If it is your wish”) Andaz (1949) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Chhod gaya balam mujhe” (“My sweetheart has left me”) Barsaat (1949) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Mujhe kisise pyar ho gaya” (“I am in love with someone”) Barsaat (1949) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Aayega aanewala” (“The one I await will come”) Mahal (1949) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Khemchand Prakash. Lyrics: Nakshab.

10 Recommended Films (1950–1959)

  • Awara. 1951. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • Baiju Bawra. 1952. Director: Vijay Bhatt. Music: Naushad.

  • Anarkali. 1953. Director: Nandlal Jaswantlal. Music: C. Ramchandra.

  • Aar Paar. 1954. Director: Guru Dutt. Music: O. P. Nayyar.

  • Shree 420. 1955. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • C.I.D. 1956. Director: Raj Khosla. Music: O. P. Nayyar.

  • Mother India. 1957. Director: Mehboob Khan. Music: Naushad.

  • Naya Daur. 1957. Director: B. R. Chopra. Music: O. P. Nayyar.

  • Pyaasa. 1957. Director: Guru Dutt. Music: S. D. Burman.

  • Kaagaz Ke Phool. 1959. Director: Guru Dutt. Music: S. D. Burman.

25 Recommended Songs (1950–1959)

  • “Gore gore o banke chhore” (“Oh fair-complexioned, charming lad”) Samadhi (1950) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Amirbai Karnataki. Music Director: C. Ramachandra. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Awara hoon” (“I am a vagabond”) Awara (1951) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • (p.178) “Ghar aaya mera pardesi” (“My beloved has come home from a distant land”) Awara (1951) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Saiyan dil mein aana re” (“Come into my heart, darling”) Bahar (1951) Singer: Shamshad Begum. Music Director: S.D. Burman. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Tu Ganga ki mauj” (“You are the waves of the Ganges”) Baiju Bawra (1952) Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “Yeh raat yeh chandani phir kahan” (“Such a night, such moonlight may never come again”) Jaal (1952) Singer: Hemant Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Yeh zindagi usi ki hai” (“This life belongs to the one who...”) Anarkali (1953) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: C. Ramchandra. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Babuji dheere chalna” (“Slow down Sir, watch your step in love”) Aar Paar (1954) Singer: Geeta Dutt. Music Director: O. P. Nayyar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Dil-e-nadaan tujhe hua kya hai” (“Naive heart, what has happened to you?”) Mirza Ghalib (1954) Singer: Talat Mahmood, Suraiya. Music Director: Ghulam Mohammed. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “Man dole mera tan dole” (“My mind sways, my body sways”) Nagin (1954) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Hemant Kumar. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Jayein to jayein kahan” (“No place where I can go”) Taxi Driver (1954) Singer: Talat Mahmood. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Nain so nain nahi mila” (“Do not look into my eyes”) Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar. Music Director: Vasant Desai. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Mera joota hai Japani” (“My shoes are Japanese”) Shree 420 (1955) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Pyar hua ikrar hua” (“Love has happened”) Shree 420 (1955) Singer: Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Kahin Pe Nigahen” (“The gaze is somewhere, the target is somewhere else”) C.I.D. (1956) Singer: Shamshad Begum. Music Director: O. P. Nayyar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Eena meena deeka” [nonsense words; no translation] Aasha (1957) Singer: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar. Music Director: C. Ramachandra. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • (p.179) “Duniya mein hum aaye hain” (“We have come into this world”) Mother India (1957) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “Nagri nagri dwaare dwaare” (“In every city, at every door”) Mother India (1957) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “Yeh desh hai veer jawanon ka” (“This country belongs to its brave youth”) Naya Daur (1957) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: O. P. Nayyar. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Maana janaab ne pukara nahin” (“So what if you didn’t call me”) Paying Guest (1957) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Hum aap ki aankhon mein” (“What if I were to give my heart to your eyes?”) Pyaasa (1957) Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Jaane woh kaise log the” (“I wonder what kind of people those were”) Pyaasa (1957) Singer: Hemant Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si” (“A drenched girl”) Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Aye malik tere bande hum” (“Oh Lord, we belong to you”) Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1958) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Vasant Desai. Lyrics: Bharat Vyas.

  • “Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam” (“The beautiful injustice of time”) Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) Singer: Geeta Dutt. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi.

10 Recommended Films (1960–1969)

  • Mughal-e-Azam. 1960. Director: K. Asif. Music: Naushad.

  • Sangam. 1964. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • Jab Jab Phool Khile. 1965. Director: Suraj Prakash. Music: Kalyanji-Anandji.

  • Guide. 1965. Director: Vijay Anand. Music: S. D. Burman.

  • Teesri Manzil. 1966. Director: Vijay Anand. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • An Evening in Paris. 1967. Director: Shakti Samanta. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • Hamraaz. 1967. Director: B. R. Chopra. Music: Ravi.

  • Jewel Thief. 1967. Director: Vijay Anand. Music: S. D. Burman.

  • Padosan. 1968. Director: Jyoti Swaroop. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Aradhana. 1969. Director: Shakti Samanta. Music: S. D. Burman.

(p.180) 25 Recommended Songs (1960–1969)

  • “Pyar kiya to darna kya” (“I have loved so what is there to fear”) Mughal-e-Azam (1960) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Naushad. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “Yahoo! Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe” (“Yahoo! Call me uncivilized if you will”) Junglee (1961) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Kahin deep jale kahin dil” (“Somewhere a lamp burns, somewhere a heart”) Bees Saal Baad (1962) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Hemant Kumar. Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni.

  • “O janewale ho sake to laut ke aana” (“Come back if you can, oh one who is departing”) Bandini (1963) Singer: Mukesh. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Jaane waalon zara mud ke dekho mujhe” (“Look back at me, oh passersby”) Dosti (1964) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Kar chale hum fida” (“We now depart, having laid down our lives”) Haqeeqat (1964) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi.

  • “Har dil jo pyaar karega” (“Every heart that loves”) Sangam (1964) Singer: Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Naina barse rimjhim” (“Tears flow from my eyes”) Woh Kaun Thi? (1964) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

  • “Gaata rahe mera dil” (“My heart keeps singing”) Guide (1965) Singer: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Piya tose naina lage re” (“My eyes have met yours”) Guide (1965) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Shailendra.

  • “Yahan main ajnabi hoon” (“I am a stranger here”) Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Kalyanji-Anandji. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Aage bhi jaane na tu” (“You don’t know the future”) Waqt (1965) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music Director: Ravi. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Aye meri zohra jabeen” (“Oh my beautiful one”) Waqt (1965) Singer: Manna Dey. Music Director: Ravi. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Aaja re pyar pukare” (“Come now, love is calling”) Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (1966) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Sonik-Omi. Lyrics: G. S. Rawal.

  • (p.181) “Tu jahan jahan chalega” (“Wherever you go”) Mera Saaya (1966) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

  • “Aaja aaja main hoon pyar tera” (“Come, oh come, I am your love”) Teesri Manzil (1966) Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “O mere Sona re Sona re” (“Oh my Sona”) Teesri Manzil (1966) Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Neele gagan ke tale” (“Under the blue sky”) Hamraaz (1967) Singer: Mahendra Kapoor. Music Director: Ravi. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “Hothon pe aisi baat” (“With a secret on my lips”) Jewel Thief (1967) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupinder Singh. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Meri aawaz suno, pyar ka raaz suno” (“Listen to my voice, listen to the secret of love”) Naunihal (1967) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi.

  • “Dil ke jharokhe mein” (“In the window of my heart”) Brahmachari (1968) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Ek chatur naar” (“A clever lass”) Padosan (1968) Singer: Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Mere saamne wali khidki mein” (“In the window across from mine”) Padosan (1968) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan.

  • “Mere sapnon ki rani” (“Queen of my dreams”) Aradhana (1969) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Roop tera mastana” (“Your intoxicating beauty”) Aradhana (1969) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

10 Recommended Films (1970–1979)

  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna. 1971. Director: Dev Anand. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Andaz. 1971. Director: Ramesh Sippy. Music: Shankar-Jaikishan.

  • Pakeezah. 1971. Director: Kamal Amrohi. Music: Ghulam Mohammed.

  • Apna Desh. 1972. Director: Jambulingam. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Bobby. 1973. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

  • Yaadon Ki Baraat. 1973. Director: Nasir Hussain. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Sholay. 1975. Director: Ramesh Sippy. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Kabhi Kabhie. 1976. Director: Yash Chopra. Music: Khayyam.

  • Hum Kisise Kum Naheen. 1977. Director: Nasir Hussain. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • (p.182) Amar Akbar Anthony. 1977. Director: Manmohan Desai. Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

  • Muqqadar Ka Sikandar. 1978. Director: Prakash Mehra. Music: Kalyanji-Anandji.

25 Recommended Songs (1970–1979)

  • “Mera naam hai Shabnam” (“My name is Shabnam”) Kati Patang (1970) Singer: Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Aye bhai zara dekh ke chalo” (“Hey bro, watch your step”) Mera Naam Joker (1970) Singer: Manna Dey. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Neeraj.

  • “Zindagi kaisi hai paheli” (“Life is such a riddle”) Anand (1971) Singer: Manna Dey. Music Director: Salil Chowdhury. Lyrics: Yogesh.

  • “Zindagi ek safar hai suhana” (“Life is a wonderful journey”) Andaz (1971) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Piya tu ab to aaja” (“Come at least now, my love”) Caravan (1971) Singer: Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Chal chal chal mere saathi” (“Walk on, my companion”) Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Dum maaro dum” (“Take a hit from this joint”) Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music Director: R.D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Tick tick tick chalti jaye ghadi” (“Tick tick tick goes the clock”) Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) Singer: Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle. Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan. Lyrics: Neeraj.

  • “Maar diya jaye” (“Should I kill you?”) Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Inhi logon ne le lena dupatta mera” (“These are the people who took my scarf”) Pakeezah (1971) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Ghulam Mohammed. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Duniya mein logon ko” (“In this world, people often misunderstand”) Apna Desh (1972) Singer: R. D. Burman, Asha Bhosle. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Chalte chalte” (“As I went along”) Pakeezah (1972) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Ghulam Mohammed. Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi.

  • (p.183) “Hum tum ek kamre mein” (“We are alone together in a room”) Bobby (1973) Singer: Shailendra Singh, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Main shayar to nahin” (“I am not a poet”) Bobby (1973) Singer: Shailendra Singh. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko” (“Now that you have stolen my heart”) Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) Singer: Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Mehbooba mehbooba” (“Lover, oh lover”) Sholay (1975) Singer: R. D. Burman. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Yeh dosti” (“This friendship”) Sholay (1975) Singer: Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein” (“Sometimes in my heart”) Kabhi Kabhie (1976) Singer: Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Khayyam. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi.

  • “My name is Anthony” Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Pardah hai pardah” (“The veil between us”) Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Kya hua tera vada” (“What happened to your promise?”) Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (1977) Singer: Mohammed Rafi. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “O saathi re” (“Oh my lover”) Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) Singer: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Kalyanji-Anandji. Lyrics: Anjaan.

  • “Salam-e-ishq” (“Greeting of love”) Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Kalyanji-Anandji. Lyrics: Anjaan.

  • “Satyam shivam sundaram” (“Truth, godliness, beauty”) Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Narendra Sharma.

  • “Aanewala pal jaanewala hai” (“Every moment that comes must go”) Golmaal (1979) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

10 Recommended Films (1980–1989)

  • Umrao Jaan. 1981. Director: Muzaffar Ali. Music: Khayyam.

  • Silsila. 1981. Director: Yash Chopra. Music: Shiv-Hari.

  • (p.184) Lawaaris. 1981. Director: Prakash Mehra. Music: Kalyanji-Anandji.

  • Masoom. 1982. Director: Shekhar Kapur. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Prem Rog. 1982. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

  • Ram Teri Ganga Maili. 1985. Director: Raj Kapoor. Music: Ravindra Jain.

  • Mr. India. 1987. Director: Shekhar Kapur. Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

  • Ijaazat. 1987. Director: Gulzar. Music: R. D. Burman.

  • Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. 1988. Director: Mansoor Khan. Music: Anand-Milind.

  • Maine Pyar Kiya. 1989. Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya. Music: Ram Laxman.

25 Recommended Songs (1980–1989)

  • “Om Shanti Om” [a religious incantation; no translation] Karz (1980) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Mere angane mein” (“In my courtyard”) Lawaaris (1981) Singer: Amitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Kalyanji-Anandji. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Yaad aa rahi hai” (“Remembering you”) Love Story (1981) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Amit Kumar. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Aap jaisa koi” (“Someone like you”) Qurbani (1981) Singer: Nazia Hassan. Music Director: Biddu. Lyrics: Indivar.

  • “Rang barse bheege chunarwali” (“A girl drenched with a shower of colors”) Silsila (1981) Singer: Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Shiv-Hari. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Dil cheez kya hai” (“Why just my heart, take my life”) Umrao Jaan (1981) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music Director: Khayyam. Lyrics: Shahryar.

  • “In aankhon ki masti ke” (“The intoxication of these eyes”) Umrao Jaan (1981) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music Director: Khayyam. Lyrics: Shahryar.

  • “I am a disco dancer” Disco Dancer (1982) Singer: Vijay Benedict. Music Director: Bappi Lahiri. Lyrics: Anjaan.

  • “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja” (“Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy come to me”) Disco Dancer (1982) Singer: Parvati Khan. Music Director: Bappi Lahiri. Lyrics: Anjaan.

  • “Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi” (“I am not angry with you, life”) Masoom (1983) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Anup Ghoshal. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Meri kismat mein tu nahin shayad” (“You are probably not destined to be mine”) Prem Rog (1982) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Amir Qazalbash.

  • (p.185) “Jab hum jawan honge” (“When we grow up”) Betaab (1983) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Shabbir Kumar. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Do naina ek kahani” (“Two eyes, one story”) Masoom (1983) Singer: Aarti Mukherji. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Inteha ho gai intezar ki” (“I’ve waited for so long”) Sharaabi (1984) Singer: Kishore Kumar. Music Director: Bappi Lahiri. Lyrics: Anjaan.

  • “Sun sahiba sun” (“Listen, sir”) Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Ravindra Jain. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri.

  • “Main teri dushman, dushman tu mera” (“I am your enemy, you are my enemy”) Nagina (1986) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Mera kuch saaman” (“A few of my possessions”) Ijaazat (1987) Singer: Asha Bhosle. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Hawa hawai” [nonsense words; no translation] Mr. India (1987) Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Ay mere humsafar” (“Oh, my life partner”) Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Anand-Milind. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Papa kehte hain” (“Father always says”) Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) Singer: Udit Narayan. Music Director: Anand-Milind. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • “Ek do teen” (“One two three”) Tezaab (1988) Singer: Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Mere haathon mein” (“Bangles on my wrists”) Chandni (1989) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Shiv-Hari. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Dil deewana” (“The crazy heart”) Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Ram Laxman. Lyrics: Asad Bhopali.

  • “Mere rang mein” (“In my colors”) Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) Singer: S. P. Balasubramaniam. Music Director: Ram Laxman. Lyrics: Asad Bhopali.

  • “Tirchi topiwale” (“You, wearing the rakishly tilted hat”) Tridev (1989) Singer: Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee. Music Director: Kalyanji-Anandji. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

10 Recommended Films (1990–1999)

  • Roja. 1992. Director: Mani Ratnam. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Hum Aapke Hai Koun...! 1994. Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya. Music: Ram Laxman.

  • Bombay. 1995. Director: Mani Ratnam. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • (p.186) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. 1995. Director: Aditya Chopra. Music: Jatin-Lalit.

  • Maachis. 1996. Director: Gulzar. Music: Vishal Bhardwaj.

  • Dil To Pagal Hai. 1997. Director: Yash Chopra. Music: Uttam Singh.

  • Dil Se. 1998. Director: Mani Ratnam. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. 1998. Director: Karan Johar. Music: Jatin-Lalit.

  • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. 1999. Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Music: Ismail Darbar.

  • Taal. 1999. Director: Subhash Ghai. Music: A. R. Rahman.

25 Recommended Songs (1990–1999)

  • “Yaara seeli seeli” (“This smouldering night of separation”) Lekin (1990) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Dekha hai pehli baar” (“I have seen love in your eyes for the first time”) Saajan (1991) Singer: Alka Yagnik, S. P. Balasubramaniam. Music Director: Nadeem-Shravan. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Chhoti si aasha” (“Simple little dreams”) Roja (1992) Singer: Minmini. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: P. K. Mishra.

  • “Jaadu teri nazar” (“Your gaze is magic”) Darr (1993) Singer: Udit Narayan. Music Director: Shiv-Hari. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Choli ke peechhe” (“What lies behind the blouse?”) Khalnayak (1993) Singer: Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun. Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Ek ladki ko dekha” (“On seeing a girl”) 1942: A Love Story (1994) Singer: Kumar Sanu. Music Director: R. D. Burman. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Didi tera devar deewana” (“Sister, your brother-in-law is crazy in love”) Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubramaniam. Music Director: Ram Laxman. Lyrics: Dev Kohli.

  • “Joote do, paise lo” (“Give the shoes, take the money”) Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubramaniam. Music Director: Ram Laxman. Lyrics: Ravinder Rawal.

  • “Kehna hi kya” (“What should I say”) Bombay (1995) Singer: Chitra, A. R. Rahman. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Mehboob.

  • “Tu hi re” (“You and only you”) Bombay (1995) Singer: Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Mehboob.

  • “Mehndi lagake rakhna” (“Keep your hands adorned with henna”) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) Singer: Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • (p.187) “Tujhe dekha to ye jaana sanam” (“Sweetheart, I saw you and realized”) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Chhod aaye hum” (“We have left behind those alleys”) Maachis (1996) Singer: Hariharan, KK, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Sehgal. Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Pardesi pardesi” (“Hey you from a distant land”) Raja Hindustani (1996) Singer: Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan. Music Director: Nadeem-Shravan. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Dil to pagal hai” (“The heart is crazy”) Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Singer: Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Uttam Singh. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Koi ladki hai” (“There is this girl”) Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Singer: Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: Uttam Singh. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “I love my India” Pardes (1997) Singer: Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Aditya Narayan. Music Director: Nadeem-Shravan. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Chal chaiyya chaiyya” (“Walk in the shadows”) Dil Se (1998) Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, Sapna Awasthi. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Jiya jale” (“This heart burns”) Dil Se (1998) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Aati kya Khandala?” (“Will you come to Khandala?”) Ghulam (1998) Singer: Aamir Khan, Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Kuch kuch hota hai” (“Something happens”) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Nimbooda” (“Sour lemon”) Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sagathia. Music Director: Ismail Durbar. Lyrics: Mehboob.

  • “Hoshwalon ko khabar kya” (“What would those in their senses know?”) Sarfarosh (1999) Singer: Jagjit Singh. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Nada Fazli.

  • “Ishq bina kya jeena” (“What is life without love?”) Taal (1999) Singer: Anuradha Sriram, Sujatha, Sonu Nigam, A. R. Rahman. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Taal se taal mila” (“Match your rhythm with mine”) Taal (1999) Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Vaishali Samant. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

(p.188) 10 Recommended Films (2000–2009)

  • Mohabbatein. 2000. Director: Aditya Chopra. Music: Jatin-Lalit.

  • Dil Chahta Hai. 2001. Director: Farhan Akhtar. Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. 2001. Director: Karan Johar. Music: Jatin-Lalit.

  • Lagaan. 2001. Director: Ashutosh Gowariker. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Devdas. 2002. Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Music: Ismail Darbar.

  • Kal Ho Na Ho. 2003. Director: Nikhil Advani. Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

  • Swades. 2004. Director: Ashutosh Gowariker. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Rang De Basanti. 2006. Director: Mani Ratnam. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Rock On!! 2008. Director: Abhishek Kapoor. Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

  • Dev D. 2009. Director: Anurag Kashyap. Music: Amit Trivedi.

25 Recommended Songs (2000–2009)

  • “Piya Haji Ali” (“The good lord is my beloved”) Fiza (2000) Singer: A. R. Rahman. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Shaukat Ali.

  • “Ek pal ka jeena” (“One moment of life”) Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai (2000) Singer: Lucky Ali. Music Director: Rajesh Roshan. Lyrics: Vijay Akela.

  • “Bumbro” (“Bumblebee”) Mission Kashmir (2000) Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan, Jaspinder Narula, Shankar Mahadevan. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Rahat Indori.

  • “Humko humise chura lo” (“Steal me away from me”) Mohabbatein (2000) Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi.

  • “Jaane Kyon” (“Wonder why”) Dil Chahta Hai (2001) Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Woh ladki hai kahan?” (“Where is that girl?”) Dil Chahta Hai (2001) Singer: Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Bole chudiyaan” (“My bangles are saying something”) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) Singer: Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Yeh ladka hai deewana” (“This boy is crazy”) Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001) Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik. Music Director: Jatin-Lalit. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Chale chalo” (“Keep marching onward”) Lagaan (2001) Singer: A. R. Rahman, Srinivas. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Radha kaisa na jale” (“How could Radha not be jealous?”) Lagaan (2001) Singer: Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Vaishali Samant. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • (p.189) “Dola re dola” (“My mind and body sway”) Devdas (2002) Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal, KK. Music Director: Ismail Durbar. Lyrics: Nusrat Badr.

  • “Silsila yeh chahat ka” (“This bond of desire”) Devdas (2002) Singer: Shreya Ghoshal. Music Director: Ismail Durbar. Lyrics: Nusrat Badr.

  • “Kal ho na ho” (“Tomorrow might never come”) Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) Singer: Sonu Nigam. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Mann ki lagan” (“My mind’s obsession”) Paap (2003) Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Music Director: Shahi. Lyrics: Amjad Islam Amjad.

  • “Allah ke bande” (“God’s people”) Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Part II (2003) Singer: Kailash Kher. Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar. Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani.

  • “Dhoom machale” (“Make a commotion”) Dhoom (2004) Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan. Music Director: Pritam. Lyrics: Sameer.

  • “Yun hi chala chal” (“Keep moving”) Swades (2004) Singer: Udit Narayan, Kailash Kher, Hariharan. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Kajra re” (“Your mascaraed eyes”) Bunty Aur Babli (2005) Singer: Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Beedi jalai le” (“Light the cigarette”) Omkara (2006) Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Nachiketa Chakraborty, Clinton Cerejo. Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Rang de basanti” (“Color it saffron”) Rang De Basanti (2006) Singer: Daler Mehndi, K. S. Chithra. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi.

  • “Barso re” (“Let it rain”) Guru (2007) Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Uday Mazumdar. Music Director: A.R. Rahman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Socha hai” (“Have you wondered?”) Rock On!! (2008) Singer: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny, Purab Kohli. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Masakali” Delhi 6 (2009) Singer: Mohit Chauhan. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi.

  • “Emosanal attyachar” (“Emotional torture”) Dev D (2009) Singer: BandMaster Rangeela and Rasila. Music Director: Amit Trivedi. Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya.

  • “Twist” Love Aaj Kal (2009) Singer: Neeraj Shridhar. Music Director: Pritam. Lyrics: Irshad Kamil.

(p.190) 5 Recommended Films (2010–2013)

  • Ishqiya. 2010. Director: Vishal Bhardwaj. Music: Vishal Bhardwaj.

  • Rockstar. 2011. Director: Imtiaz Ali. Music: A. R. Rahman.

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. 2011. Director: Zoya Akhtar. Music: Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy.

  • Barfi! 2012. Director: Anurag Basu. Music: Pritam.

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. 2013. Director: Farhan Akhtar. Music: Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy.

10 Recommended Songs (2010–2013)

  • “Behke behke nain” (“Intoxicated eyes”) Aisha (2010) Singer: Anushka Manchanda, Samrat, Raman Mahadeven. Music Director: Amit Trivedi. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Dil to baccha hai ji” (“My heart is a child”) Ishqiya (2010) Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Sajda” (“Reverence”) My Name is Khan (2010) Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Richa Sharma. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar.

  • “Bhaag D. K. Bose” (“Run D. K. Bose”) Delhi Belly (2011) Singer: Ram Sampath. Music Director: Ram Sampath. Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya.

  • “Nadaan parinday” (“Innocent birds”) Rockstar (2011) Singers: Mohit Chauhan, A. R. Rahman. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Irshad Kamil.

  • “Senorita” Zindagi Na Dobara Milegi (2011) Singers: Maria del Mar Fernandez, Fahran Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Javed Akhtar.

  • “Main kya karoon” (“What should I do?”) Barfi! (2012) Singer: Nikhil Paul George. Music Director: Pritam. Lyrics: Ashish Pandit.

  • “Pareshaan” (“I’m troubled”) Ishaqzaade (2012) Singer: Shalmali Kholgade. Music Director: Amit Trivedi. Lyrics: Kausar Munir.

  • “Jiya Re” (“The heart”) Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) Singer: Neeti Mohan. Music Director: A. R. Rahman. Lyrics: Gulzar.

  • “Zinda” (“Alive”) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) Singer: Siddharth Mahadevan. Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi.