I'm back by popular demand! (I have always wanted to say that and it's actually true!)
I'm going to try out a new post titled "On Repeat" a.k.a what's on repeat on my iPod these days (Indian music-wise of course). *This post is dedicated to my music-soul-mate-of-a-cousin* (You know who you are). The list as follows, in no particular order, and why:
1) Song: Mehngai Dayain. Film: Peepli [Live]. Singer/Directors: Raghubir Yadav, Bhadwai Village Mandali and Brij Mandal & Bhawai. Why I love it: It's as authentic of a folk track you'll find in a Hindi film. It's raw and real, not to mention actor Raghubir Yadav sings himself. Also, the group jammed out to it on Indian Idol last week and Aamir Khan played the drums and it made me go "hai." Watch for yourself
2) Song: Munni Badnam Hui. Film: Dabangg. Singers/Director: Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya & Sajid-Wajid Why I love it: Well first off, look at that title, how do you not giggle with delight? (Er, the closest translation I can come up with is "Baby girl was defamed.") I assure you the lyrics get even funnier. Secondly, it's just a fun song full of zest and energy. No annoying English rapping portions, just a very celebratory song. Also, after watching the promo I fell even more in love (which rarely happens) cause it's picturized on India's hottest MILF, Malaika Arora Khan and dare I say it, Salman Khan reminds me of old Sallu in it. A few things to note: A) Is the whole Bhabi-Devar (sister-in-law/bro-in-law) dynamic awkward? B) Doesn't it look like Sonu Sood has Tourette's @1:00 min. mark? C) Malaika is so hot! If I look and can dance even 50% like that after two kids in my thirties I will be beyond joyous.
3) Song: Pee Loon. Film: Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Singers/Directors: Mohit Chauhan and Pritam. Why I love it: Pritam and Mohit work really well in tandem and didn't fail to deliver this time either. It's sooooo romantic. Mohit voice is so suave and the music accompanies the feel perfectly. It's got a very My Name is Khan feel to it, which I loved and I enjoy the picturization of this too. Well, minus Emraan Hashmi. My mom always says he gets the best songs and it's so (annoyingly) true! But how cute is Bani?! I mean... Prachi Desai. Also love the homage to Bobby, but not so much the naked Emraan. GAG. Check it:
4) Song: Lehrein. Film: Aisha Singer(s)/Director: Anusha Mani, Neuman Pinto, Nikhil D'Souza and Amit Trivedi. Why I love it: A peaceful, contemporary number that you listen to in seclusion late at night.
5) Song: Aankhon Mein Neendein. Film: We Are Family. Singer(s)/Director(s): Shreya Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali and Shankar Ehsaan Loy Why I love it: Because Shreya Ghoshal sings it. Because Rahat Fateh Ali sings it. Because there's a sargam. Because Shreya and Rahat sing a sargam. Yep.
6) Song: Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. Film: Dabangg. Singer(s)/Director(s): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal and Sajid-Wajid. Why I love it: Omggg I can't explain how awesome this song is. Totally a romantic number, love the beat, not an ounce of Western influence. Rahat touches your soul and it's just composed beautifully.
7) Song: Gal Meethi Meethi Bol (The Bombay Bounce Dhol Mix. Film: Aisha. Singer(s)/Director(s): Tochi Raina, Amit Trivedi Why I love it: Okay, first off I usually hate when the films remix the song itself it's usually just a lot of unnecessary bass and kill the beauty of the song, but this remix does otherwise. It actually enhances. A fun wedding-esque song and the use of the dhol is perfect and consistent throughout without drowning out the original song.
8) Song: Humka Peeni Hai. Film: Dabangg Singer(s)/Director(s): Wajid, Shabab Sabri, Master Salim and Sajid-Wajid Why I love it: It's full of masti for lack of better word. It's soo fun! You can't find yourself not tapping your foot to it. The dholak beats are perfect and the harmonium just adds to the festive mood. Master Salim's voice is used awesomely in this. I particularly love the interlude that kicks in at 2:52-3:19.
9) Song: Behke Behke. Film: Aisha Singer(s)/Director(s): Anushka Manchanda, Raman Mahadevan, Samrat Kaushal and Amit Trivedi. Why I love it: It has the Spanish flavor which I usually find annoying in Hindi songs, but Amit Trivedi sprinkles his magic and adds an awesome beat. Anushka Manchanda does full justice to the sultriness of the song. A full on Amit Trivedi-esque song. I'm even willing to forget the line "...everyone knows you's a cutie..." oh God. I heard this is picturized awesomely too.
10) The rest of the Dabangg Soundtrack. The entire thing is so good! Full on Bollywood fun while keeping modern Bollywood music in mind. Sajid-Wajid are quickly becoming my favorite music director duo. They gave us the song "Jalwa", the Partner Soundtrack, the Veer soundtrack and now the Dabangg soundtrack. By the way, I can't believe their names rhyme. It's like when aunties are speaking and they randomly rhyme a word i.e: "table shable", "door shoor," etc.