The task: For situations described, come up with song(s) that would apply to them in your life.
- 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.
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)
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 mine...in fourth grade. Surely, it's recyclable.
- Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein from Raja Hindustani (1995)
- Dheere Dheere Aap Mere from Baazi (1995)
- 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)
Wedding (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 ;)
- Mere Haath Mein from Fanaa (2006)
- Jo Haal Dil Ka from Sarfarosh (1999)
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.
Tanhaayee from Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Getting Back Together
Gazab Ka Hai Din from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
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:
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.
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.
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)
- 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.
Tere Ishq Mein Naachenge from Raja Hindustani (1995). No explanation volunteered.
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)
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)
Maula from Mangal Pandey (2005)
Piano Theme from 1947 Earth (1999)