Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Bollywood Playlist

Periodically I'll share some playlists of interesting Bollywood compilations from the relatively newer soundtracks. Assuming that the popular songs (those played over and over again in the "trailers" and previews) are well known, I'll stick to songs outside the well worn tunes. Here is my first list (in no particular order):

Dil Laga Na (Dhoom 2)
Sukhbir, Soham Chakrabarthy, Jolly Mukherjee, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Suzanne
Although Sunidhi Chauhan's "Crazy" is all over the place, the real winner is this song by Soham Chakrabarthy (fine job by number of singers acknowledged). It also sneaks in as the unofficial "Dhoom 2" title track.

Touch Me (Dhoom 2)
Alisha Chinai, KK

Alisha Chinai wins points from me for not being a screechy female singer all the time. She has a nice smoky voice, which she exploits sometimes a little too much, but in this she is on even keel. KK also participates in this salsafied and very danceable song.

Keh Raha Hai (Baabul)
Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
What would a Bollywood compilation be without a classic, soft, romantic song sung by the two most tuneful singers in the industry today?

Gaa Re Mann (Baabul)
Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhosle, Kailash Kher
Sudesh Bhosle's voice lends a really nice gravitas to this tune. I'm a big fan of Kavita Krishnamurthy and its not often that one gets to see her sing on a Bollywood soundtrack and rarer still on a song as complex as this. Bhajan-pop at its best.

Dil Mein Baji Guitar (Apna Sapna Money Money)
Mika Singh
The soundtrack for Apna Sapna Money Money is a dog except for this song. There are two versions of this, the other sung by Amit Kumar. They are both good but I picked this one by Mika Singh because it is tinged with an inebriated lustiness.

Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai - Remix (Woh Lamhe)
For some reason I love this song. It's got great lyrics - very unusual without being flowery and although I generally do not prefer remixes, this one adds some production to the original that makes the song better.

Jaane Ke Jaane Na (Jaan-e-man)
Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh
You'll hear "Udh Jaana...BRO" more than any other song from this film, but "Jaane Ke..." has a madcap zippyness that makes it more fun to listen to. Sonu and Sukhwinder do a really good job complementing each other and this is the first time I've heard them together.

Kubool Kar Le (Jaane-e-man)
Udit Narayan,Rahul Vaidya, Ami
Udit Narayan has a lovely soft voice that fits this song really well. In general this soundtrack has excellent depth and is worth buying all on its own.

Kabul Express (Kabul Express)
Raghav Sachar
This song (also called "Kabul Fiza" on the soundtrack and remixed several times - this album is full of fillers but a couple of killer songs) stuck to my ears. It has a wonderful breezy feel, worthy of listening to in a convertible with the top down.

Banjar (Kabul Express)
Shobha Mudgal
Shobha Mudgal is my Mom's favorite so I'm always partial to her. She uses her distinctive voice to deliver a powerful song that feels somewhat out of place on a Bollywood soundtrack only because you aren't used to women sounding this authoritative. Loved the jazzy-pop undertones and the flute riff.

Milan Abhi Aadha Adhura Hai (Vivah)

Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal

Vivah is full of goofy romantic numbers and some old fashioned Bollywood songsmithing. This one stands out, and if you like this genre you'll enjoy most of the songs on this CD.

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