Evergreen Bollywood Classics


It has always been said that music is food for the soul, an outlet for the inner passion. When you’re distressed or overjoyed, music is always there to keep you company. It is your companion on solitary metro rides, your personal medium of expression, and your heartfelt memory.

Over the years Bollywood music has evolved magnificently. With the country’s zeal for music, driving it forward, Bollywood has brought to us a song for every occasion. From intense Urdu couplets that sing our tongue with the melody of the beautiful language, to woeful ballads; from patriotic songs that have become a soulful way to pay respect to our nation, to dance numbers, Bollywood has a song for every occasion.

Here’s a journey into Bollywood music over the years.

  1. “Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara” (Jewel Thief) – Kishore Kumar’s soulful voice, coupled with lyrics that make you wail; “Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara” is a classic number that you cannot escape.
  2. “Raat Akeli Hai” (Jewel Thief) – Aasha Bhosle enamors us with this seductive melody, lusting us into the enigma of the night filled with unbridled passion and longing.
  3. “Chaahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe” – Shammi Kapoor’s foot tapping, head shaking number is a perfect philosophy to adopt in life. Let them call you wild, you do your own thing boy!
  4. “Maa Tujhe Salaam” – A. R. Rehman moves us beyond words with his dedication to Mother India in “Maa Tujhe Salaam”.
  5. “Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Hue” – Mohammed Rafi’s classic song that still continues to make us smile should definitely be on your Bollywood memoir list. Truly, if there was one way you’re supposed to woo your girl, this is it.
  6. “Abhi Na Jao Chorh Ke” – With lyrics to die for, this song will definitely make your heart melt. Still sung by lovers craving for that one extra moment with their beloved, this song never fails to make us smile.
  7. “Musafir Hoon Yaaron” – Long before the term wanderlust was coined, Bollywood’s heartthrob Kishore Kumar describes the life of a traveller in this song. The endearing journey of a traveller’s life, captured in a beautiful tangle of notes.
  8. “Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya” – Still as applicable as it was a hundred years ago, Mughleazam’s scintillating number comes as a lifeline to lovers pining for their loved one. If you’ve got love, don’t be scared, you can conquer it all.
  9. “Din Dhal Jaaye, Raat Na Jaye” – Guide’s “Dil Dhal Jaaye” touches your heart in a way nothing else can. S. D Burman’s music and Mohammed Rafi’s voice, combine to make our hearts sing along with this song, completing our journey to Nirvana.
  10. “Dil Cheez Kya Hai” – A classic from Umrao Jaan, music of “Dil Cheez Kya Hai” combined with its throbbing yet subtle beats and heart wrenching lyrics can leave anyone speechless.

Even though we’ve now progressed from Kishore Kumar to Yo Yo Honey Singh, the golden era of Bollywood music still occupies a special place in our hearts. When the rain pours outside, all you want to do is switch on to some classics, grab a cup of chai (tea) and lose yourself in that world of love, where everything, from remembrance to pain, was a little more real, a little less adulterated.

Arushi Walecha

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