My Top 20 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014

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The year 2014 is almost about to end and all Bollywood movies including the ones to be released in this month have launched their soundtracks. It has been an exceptional year in Bollywood in terms of the music in the movies. Music directors as well as the singers have made sure that music lovers have plenty of good songs to hear and to choose as their favourite ones. Being an avid music lover, I weigh a Bollywood movie’s success by the quality of its songs, and this year, most of the movies I’ve liked had a fantastic soundtrack.

Initially, I planned to list my top 10 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014. However, I realized it’s easier said than done as a few more songs kept telling me to also include them in my list. After all, I have heard them so many times, often on loop. I had to honour their requests!  I mostly like romantic tracks, the slow soft ones and occasionally, I listen to party songs and dance numbers.

Since I am not writing a music review, so I’ll skip the elaborate details about the songs. Unfortunately, I can’t embed audio links in my blog. I hope you would not mind about that.

So, I present you my top 20 favourite Bollywood songs of 2014. Tune in and enjoy! Continue reading

Bollywood re-invented: “Shake Your Bootiya” – the USP of Finding Fanny

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Finding Fanny

When you start thinking, or rather I should say lamenting, that Bollywood is all about “Copy and Paste” and “Same ordinary dish served on a new plate“, you are suddenly hit by something totally unprecedented. And that punch is nothing less than marvellous! Yes, I am talking about the recently-released song “Shake Your Bootiya” from the upcoming Bollywood movie Finding Fanny directed by Homi Adajania of ‘Cocktail’ fame!

The “Fanny Re” song which was released earlier opens with the statutory warning  “None of these characters behave like this in the film Finding Fanny or in real life…Don’t ask!”. As if the bizarre, ridiculous and insane actions of the five characters weren’t enough in the music video, which had grabbed many eyeballs once it released, the new song “Shake Your Bootiya” can be claimed to cause people’s eyeballs to pop out of their sockets!

The music video of this new song has been filmed and presented to us in the most unexpected way. It shows Angie (played by actress Deepika Padukone) lying on the floor and looking at a doll house where puppet-like cutouts of the film’s characters, including her, are kept in six different rooms. I wondered what would happen next. And lo! One by one, all the five characters come to life and get their bodies grooving with the beats. I began to smile, which soon turned into a laughter as the ‘mad five’ (I think they should be called that after watching this video) began to shake their booty (lovingly called ‘bootiya‘ in the song) in an absolutely hilarious manner! Funnier are the expressions of Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Arjun Kapoor and Deepika Padukone; everyone of them have stolen the limelight with their exceptional performance . I bet you can’t stop laughing once you watch them in this quirky video.

Kudos to the brains behind both the music videos. They have managed to offer us something that proves that Bollywood can also come up with ‘out of the box’ thinking and entertain us in ways we haven’t seen or thought before. This movie may not be a ‘100 crore hit’ which has become a custom now, but it will set the path for other film-makers to be adventurous, courageous and tread new paths in making off-beat movies and music alike. I wish Finding Fanny emerges as a super-hit at the box office!

Watch the “Shake Your Bootiya” video here and have a laugh riot!

“Ae Mere Watan ke Logo” – My favourite patriotic song!

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I have worshipped singer Lata Mangeshkar since childhood days.

Her rendition of “Ae Mere Watan ke Logo” (“O! the people of my country!“) commemorating Indian soldiers who died during the Sino-Indian war is and shall always remain my most favourite patriotic song. Today, on the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day, I salute the brave heroes of our motherland. Jai Hind!

Indian Soldiers

Here is the video of Lata Mangeshkar singing the melodious song:

“Mhysa”- Best song of official soundtrack of Game of Thrones (Season 3)

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I am a huge Game of Thrones fan!

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The HBO TV series has garnered critical fame and acclaim throughout the globe. And this has been hugely made possible by the genius and wickedly talented Ramin Djawadi, the man behind the soundtrack of the series. Today, I downloaded the entire soundtrack of Season 3 and “Mhysa” turned out to be my favourite number in the soundtrack.

I just wish I knew Valyrian. The lyrics would have made sense. Nevertheless, I am happy to share this awesome composition!