Here are our faves from the year, do they match your choices?
'Tere Naina' from 'My Name Is Khan'
‘By The Way’ from ‘Aisha’ The music of ‘Aisha’ comes from Amit ‘Dev D’ Trivedi, and ‘By The Way’ has just the kind of energy we’ve come to expect from his work. Then there’s Anushka Manchanda, who brings her own special brand of bindaas attitude to the number. Makes you want to swing along ‘hawa ke jhonke se’, just like in the song. Javed Akhtar scores again with lyrics that combine the most breezily beautiful words from Hindi and English.
‘Pee Loon’ from ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ Mohit Chauhan’s voice suits this ballad composed by Pritam perfectly. There’s a touch of the mystic about the song, thanks to the Sufi influence. And the chorus truly makes the number stand out. It’s perfect romantic serenading material.
‘Bin Tere’ from ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ ‘IHLS’ had its thumbs up and thumbs down moments, but this song was firmly in the former category. Shafqat Amanat Ali’s soulful voice adds tremendous depth to what is basically a very simple song. It’s not a typical Vishal Shekhar number either, and we like the touch of bringing in Sunidhi Chauhan as the song ends
‘Beera’ from ‘Raavan’ If only Abhishek Bachchan’s performance in this movie had as much depth as this song! 'Beera' describes Abhishek's character in the movie and the number has such amazing rhythm (plus those drums) that you want to start singing along immediately. This was the song that stood out for us from A R Rahman’s score for ‘Raavan’. Sung by Vijay Prakash, Mustafa Kutoane and Keerthi Sagathia, 'Beera' is elevated even further by Gulzar’s lyrics. ‘Beera ke dus maathe, Beera ke sau naam’…now that’s describing the complexity of the man alright!
'Dil kyun yeh mera' from ‘Kites’ K K again, this time in a slow romantic number which has a bit of an edge too. Rajesh Roshan’s music gets soaring in this number, and shows the connection between two people who don’t share a language but are beginning to fall in love. The song worked, even if the movie didn’t.
‘Uff Teri Ada’ from ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ It was time for romance with this Shankar Ehsaan Loy number that was perfect easy listening. With Shankar and Alyssa Mendonsa singing, it was also the kind of tune that’ll make you want to get up and dance. And remind you how well-matched the voices are to the characters who’re singing them in the movie. Shankar’s intense-but-not-showing-off voice with Alyssa’s vibrant one…great jodi!
‘Tere Naina’ from ‘My Name Is Khan’ Quietly but surely, this song made its place on our list of faves. Shafqat Amanat Ali gets the tone just right for this Shankar Ehsaan Loy composition, and it’s a smooth transition even when the song moves to qawwali mode as it progresses. Niranjan Iyengar’s subtly passionate lyrics add to the effect.
‘Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji’ from ‘ Ishqiya’ There’s just one word for this song – Amazing! You can trust the fantastic Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to spot every musical and lyrical nuance, and add his special touch to it. Just listen to the way he brings in a mischievous element while singing ‘Thoda kachcha hai ji’. Vishal Bharadwaj’s music soothes and takes you back to the past with fantastic support from Gulzar's lyrics.
'Sheila Ki Jawani' from 'Tees Maar Khan' Vishal-Shekhar score with this rocking number for Farah Khan that's fusion from the music to the lyrics and makes you want to get on the dancefloor right away. Of course, Katrina Kaif's moves add to the effect. We hear she was inspired by Shakira's belly-dancing. Well, she certainly made this song her own.
'Munni Badnaam Hui' from 'Dabangg' Lalit Pandit's super-duper music, those 'of the people' rustic lyrics and of course Malaika Arora Khan dancing up a storm with Salman Khan for company. How could this not be a blockbuster? It's an energetic number that celebrates passion and fun, and it had the world dancing along to its beats.
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