It’s the 14th of February and here is a small list of the best songs about love from Indian films that I recommend. The special thing about each of them is the fact they are equally a pleasure to watch and listen. They span decades, artists and have stark differences in as much as they try to define the phenomenon human beings have come to call love.
- Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
I have on various occasions on social networking platforms voted it as the best Hindi song ever composed. From a huge film that Mughal-e-Azam was, this song stands for defiance and celebrates love like no other song does. “Ishq mein jeena ishq mein marna aur hamein ab karna kya”– We have to live and die while being in love, there is nothing else we have to do. Again “Maut wahi jo duniya dekhe, chhup chhup kar yun marna kya”– Death is one that is witnessed by the world, what is this dying in hiding?
- Jaaiye Aap Kahan Jaayenge
Unarguably the best song sung by Asha Bhosle, this brilliant OP Nayyar composition refuses to age.
- Ae Lo Main Haari Piya
This mellifluous Geeta Dutt song with Gurudutt on the screen with Shyama remains a huge favorite for the occasions where the angry, annoyed lover is being persuaded to talk.
All energy that the emotion of love can give rise to. Rafi’s chartbuster.
- Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Tum Rehti Ho
Kishore Kumar’s quintessential romantic song. Lyrics here are a repository of the images romance in the Indian subcontinent is so laden with or atleast used to be. There is the aangan (courtyard), bandhan (ties) and that fear of expressing one’s love.
- Ye Mera Deewanapan Hai
Mukesh’s greatest song. No listener can ever decide as to who rules here- the musician, the lyricist or the singer?
- Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re
Bappi Lahiri’s lovely composition from the 1980s where the music scene in Bollywood was unusually tragic. Such attempts however kept the scene lively.
- Pyaar Hua Chupke Se
This national award-winning composition was Kavita Krishnamurti’s best song in my opinion. RD Burman’s last film as a music director.
- Kasto Mazaa
Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal’s lovely, sweet song shot on a train going to Darjeeling.