The soundtrack to my life

Ramsu and Shweta convinced me to give a shot at compiling a soundtrack to life! My filter is that songs are from Aamir Khan movies, since they tend to dominate my playlists any way. Some day, I might just compile volume 2 with other songs. There are too many good ones to ignore no matter whether from our Aamir bhai's filmography or not, so I've added a few situations below to accommodate some of my favorites. Links to videos are provided where available. The following bloggers also have some fun soundtracks at their blogs: Kanan, Memsaab, Nicki, Pitu.

The task: For situations described, come up with song(s) that would apply to them in your life.

Opening Credits
- Ek Onkar from Rang De Basanti (2006)
- Bombay Se Aaya Mera Dost from Aap Ki Khatir (1977) as featured in Dil (1990). Because that's the one song I remember being greeted with as a child by my favorite uncle whenever I visited him.

Waking Up
Jame Raho from Taare Zameen Par (2007). I dread the alarm every morning, and my efforts to try to beat it are usually unsuccessful. And my early morning routine might have changed over the years, but I'm still like this at the breakfast table :o)

Pehli Mulaaqaat
Dil Karta Hai from Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Yeh Chaand Sa Raushan Chehra from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) as featured in Fanaa (2006). This post has its lyrics and translation.

Falling in Love
- Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke from Nau Do Gyaarah (1957) as featured in Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin (1991) -- see second video in this post. A great song put to great use.
Raja ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya from Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995). Because we're all rajas or ranis in our own right!

First 'First' Date
Pehla Nasha, from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1993). Because there can only ever be one 'pehla' nasha. This song formalized fourth grade. Surely, it's recyclable.

Fifth Date
- Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein from Raja Hindustani (1995)
- Dheere Dheere Aap Mere from Baazi (1995)

Tenth Date
- Jaadoo Hai from Ghulam (1998). Because Rani was my undisputed crush while in high school. Okay, I take that back. Sonali and Raveena too.
- O Jaane Jaana from Deewaana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990)

(Ten would do it, I think)
- Ghoongat Ki Aad Se from Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke (1992)
- Aati Kya Khandala? from Ghulam (1998) immediately following (about time ;)

Love Scene
- Mere Haath Mein
from Fanaa (2006)
- Jo Haal Dil Ka from Sarfarosh (1999)

Fight Scene
Lalkaar from Rang De Basanti (2006). Because although it's a very specific poem for a very specific purpose that should not and cannot be compared to just another ordinary fight, the intensity that was captured in Lalkaar (vocals by Aamir, music by A. R. Rahman) was unparalleled.

Breaking up
Tanhaayee from Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Getting Back Together
Gazab Ka Hai Din from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Average Day
Mera Jahaan from Taare Zameen Par (2007). The entire song was filmed within a two-mile radius of my Bombay home!

The Wikipedia entry on the city of Bombay (Mumbai) has an aerial view of the area I was in, the apartment building indicated by the arrow, which is tied in to the 'Happy Dance' category below:

Life's Okay
Yaaron Sun Lo Zara from Rangeela (1996). The enthusiasm of the song is contagious.

- O Priya Priya from Dil (1990). The summer of 1990 was fantastic. The World Cup of soccer was in full swing, and we had Madhuri Dixit at the beginning of her prime! Aise mein kis ko neend aaye? We could pick about any song from Dil here -- noting one that had a flashback.
- Rockin Goa from Dil Chahta Hai (2001). Sun. Sand. Friends. Sport. Need I say more?
- Hum Aap Ki Aankhon Mein from Pyaasa (1957) as featured in Fanaa (2006). The song is among my dad's all-time favorites, so I grew up listening to it often. Besides, it is one of my all-time favorites too. Here is a post with its lyrics and translation.

Deep Thought
Khushiyaan Aur Gham from Mann (1999). Ab tak kisi ne na jaana zindagi kya kehti hai (none has deciphered the meaning of life, lit. none knows what life says). The music to this is as thought-provoking as are the lyrics. And given that I first listened to it at Rhythm House, this doubles as a flashback sequence.

Mental Breakdown
Bheja Kum from Taare Zameen Par (2007). Idiot. Duffer. Lazy. Crazy. What's most challenging about working in the knowledge industry is that it's not uncommon to wake up at 3 or 4 a.m., start thinking about a solution to that next problem, and have a hard time falling back asleep. I've even woken up with this echoing in my bheja amid a crazy work week. So I might have since stopped listening to it, but it's bothered (and annoyed) me enough to earn mention here.

Learning a Lesson
Takey Takey from Mangal Pandey (2005). Lesson learned: Some things, like the fundamentals of economics and cash flow, remain constant over centuries.

Be a Rebel / Paathshaala from Rang De Basanti (2006). We did not have an India Gate to go around in Miami, but we've had our fun on South Beach and the Seven Mile Bridge en route to the Florida Keys, to these. I've even lost car speakers to their bass. And I love it!

- Papa Kehte Hain from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
- Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe from Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Songs on Rain
Because they kept me cheerful (and appreciative of the rain), or kept the glass twice half full (actually, overflowed it) when my house in Miami was flooded during a hurricane turned tropical storm earlier in the decade. We even had frogs in the living room...
- Tip Tip Tip Tip Baarish from Afsana Pyaar Ka (1994)
- Ghanan Ghanan from Lagaan (2001)

Happy Dance
- Disco Daandiya from Love Love Love (1989). Because I remember hearing this on party weekends from across home and the CCI Club, and dancing along in my room with myself to it like a kid...wait, I was a kid back then...silly :P
- Galyat Sankli Sonyachi from Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin (1991). Because my first ever on-stage dance when I did theater in middle school was choreographed to this. I was happy dancing to it back then, and still thoroughly enjoy it.

Sad Dance
Tere Ishq Mein Naachenge from Raja Hindustani (1995). No explanation volunteered.

Kid Song
Bum Bum Bole from Taare Zameen Par (2007). Somewhere in the list of first words uttered by my two year old nephew are 'Bum' and 'Bole' :o)

On Leadership
Because if there's one thing I've learned from Ace Khan, it's that leadership is as much (if not more) about self-management and self-regulation as it is about inspiring others. I've applied the concepts on everyone from myself to the student body I was elected to lead in college and teams at work. And the head-first approach the songs advocate work!
- Arey Yaaron from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1993)
- Mitwaa from Lagaan (2001)

Death Scene
Maula from Mangal Pandey (2005)

End Credits
Piano Theme from 1947 Earth (1999)


Nicki said...

Wow, I'm impress you manage to keep it strictly Aamir movies. Great jobs!! Makes me miss his movies and watch it too!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Takey Takey from Mangal Pandey (2005)- absolutely- the song and imagery sticks in my head and refuses to go!
Also totally love your rain songs- wish I had included that section in my OST- I think what I miss about India is the rain- getting wet and how much fun (ignore the potential viruses it brings) it can be :)

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Nicki: Go watch the movies! I haven't seen some of the older ones in a long time, and will be revisiting them eventually.

Hi Shweta: Ditto to the playing in the rain! I guess since moving away from the desh, we have all developed some nakhras :) The thing that was so wonderful in India was that almost everyone was joining in the fun! And all of us heard it from our parents, but we got our way often any way.

The downside in South Florida, though, was that it has I think the second or third-highest rate of lighting strikes in the world, so I was just scared to stand out in the rain there, LOL.


Anonymous said...

Impressive list!

I wonder if it's a good barometer of an actor's career if you can do the whole list using songs featuring him/her. Clearly, Aamir's done enough and more.


Pitu said...

Wah Wah! Superb list. I must go listen to Pehla Nasha- it's in my all-time top 10. Yaar lekin QSQT ka ek hi gana tha! I ADORE 'Gazab ka hai din' and 'Akele hain to kya gum hai'! TZP's 'Mera jahaan' is just phenomenal. Actually, it's amazing to me but Aamir's productions not only are great films but the soundtrack is always fab!

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks for your comments!

Ramsu: What must be so fascinating about the profession of acting is its applicability to life. Agree about the depictions of situations by an actor, and the ability for viewers to relate to them (consistently through time, which is key) being a good barometer to showcase the breadth of their work.

Pitu: I've even saved the HMV audio cassette of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar as a souvenir...that song is splendid!

And yes, the soundtracks to Aamir's films stand the test of time (maybe because they're so well-integrated with the films?), that's what I like about them most.

The songs in QSQT were excellent. 'Akele Hain' would work beautifully in about any list! I had 'Papa Kehte Hain'...almost also included 'Papa Kehte The' for the death scene, because although it'll hopefully not be applicable to my life unless I die before accomplishing some of my own goals (I'll assume they're papa's, why not, lol) it's still oh so painful...too painful for want of being played at a time when things are hoped to be somewhere between painful and peaceful.


theBollywoodFan said...

PS: Pitu, I think you should create your own list. It's a fun experience!

ajnabi said...

Holy moly, I am impressed too! And I'm *dying* to see TZP. Arg!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ajnabi: Say this with me...'soon enough'! :o)

I hope you find your wait for Taare Zameen Par worth it. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

OK, I realise how much I've missed by,till now, favouring Shah Rukh films over Aamir films. Indian friends tell me this time and again. So, I shall start by following up some of these leads, immediately. Just don't know which of the many here to begin with. I've done TZP and the historical films. I look forward to encountering lots more Rahman on my way through Aamir's work.

Crazy on Bollywood said...

You have posted a Very good song list but you omit the super hit song "Tu pyar hai kisi aur ka" from the fabulous movie Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi.

Anonymous said...

re: Celluloid Rant's comment, that puts my Shammi in the same category as Aamir :-)

Great list, BollywoodFan.

Pitu said...

Hehe I will try to..

theBollywoodFan said...

Joss: You know this already, but I'd tend to agree with your friends :) Good luck with your quest! Is there a specific genre (other than historicals) you're hoping to start with? A. R. Rahman has provided several soundtracks for Aamir, especially this decade. I'm sure you'll like the others too.

Crazy on Bollywood: That's an excellent song from Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin! I guess it could be a 'sad dance' song, I'd just prefer to dance and try to be merry while at it, quite literally :)

Memsaab: Thank you! Absolutely, on the categories, actually vice versa. Per what Aamir's been saying over the past couple of years, we'd better believe Shammi's been an effective mentor to him throughout his career!

Pitu: Will look forward to it!

Pitu said...

Oye maine bhi likh liya soundtrack :-) Was loads of fun!

theBollywoodFan said...

Excellent, Pitu! I really enjoyed your version here:


Deepa Dev said...

I should have posted this long back - brilliant selection of tracks ... this is like the millionth time I've come back cos I remembered something on this post :D

if this were an album, it'd be a best-seller :)

looks like you had a lot of fun doing it... main bhi soch rahi hoon par shaayad itne hindi songs nahin milenge... I may end up finding a lot of english tracks :D

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Deepa: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. It was great and a fun exercise. Go for it! And since music crosses the language barrier, all that matters is its applicability, which I am sure you will find when you look for it, regardless of the language. :)


Anonymous said...

Niiiice...and I thought I was an Aamir fan!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Avinash. Yay, an Aamir fan! Remember this: we are all the same, and no fan matters any more or less, or is bigger or smaller, than another :) Thanks for visiting!

Pitu said...

Oye TBF, you've been tagged :-D Visit Pitustan for details! *evil laugh*

Kanan said...

Nice tag and cool blog! Watching that party song papa kehte hai as I type this comment. Aamir Khan is to die for in this one!!!!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Kanan: That party song is immaculate! Thank you for your comment, and appreciate you stopping by. Do visit again. :)