In Hindi cinema, music is not just a part of films, but it has a life of its own. They who say every film of ours is a musical, are wrong. Music is seldom used to aid storytelling. Every film is judged differently, for the film itself and the songs.
And yet, the impact song has on a film is undeniable. We had a time where audiences went in the theatre just to watch that one song and come back. Over the years, one may forget a good film. But a good music stays forever.
Really, what can our cinema do without music?
Let’s recognize and celebrate the music that made us laugh, cry, dance and fall in love.
Note : All mentioned are winners. There are no nominations.
Saahiba, Phillauri by Anvita Dutt
Ullu Ka Pattha, Jagga Jasoos by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Safar, Jab Harry Met Sejal by Irshad Kamil
Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi, Meri Pyaari Bindu by Kausar Munir
Tera Noor, Tiger Zinda Hai by Irshad Kamil
BEST SINGING – MALE
While Arijit continues to top them all with the most and best of works, highlights being Safar and Hawayein from Jab Harry Met Sejal, we still have room for more talents to shine.
Akhil Sachdeva was noteworthy for his Humsafar in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. The Atif Aslam magic is still intact who gave us the soulful Dil Diyan Gallan from Tiger Zinda Hai.
With two simple traditional numbers, Romy still managed to hold our hearts with the Phillauri tracks Saahiba and Dum Dum. Shahid Mallya was in a great form as well, giving the eclectic Radha (again) from Jab Harry Met Sejal.
BEST SINGING – FEMALE
The young Megha Mishra was rightfully the face of singers in 2017 for her Mai Kaun Hu from Secret Superstar. Sunidhi seems to be back in the game who delivered Radha from Jab Harry Met Sejal in a way only she can.
We also saw unconventional peppy tracks popping out this year. Kanha from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan introduced us to the talents of Shashaa Tirupati. On the other hand, Shalmali Kholgade gave the fun Manwa Likes to fly from Tumhari Sulu.
Normally an actor turning singer for a song doesn’t really produce a product worth gushing at, but it’s good to know Parineeti Chopra defying it and giving us Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi from her own film Meri Pyaari Bindu with all charm and soul.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Composer(s) : Tanishk Bagchi, Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva
The album has all the ingredients required for a rom-com and the composers do a fine job in delivering the range. Humsafar shines for the fresh voice of Akhil Sachdeva while Arijit is at his usual best in Roke Na Ruke Naina. The most popular tracks – Badri Ki Dulhania and Tamma Tamma Again have been recreated and inspired. But as standalone songs, are fun to listen as well.
Meri Pyaari Bindu
Composer : Sachin-Jigar
In middle of this surge of song recreation, Meri Pyaari Bindu aims at recreating just the charm. While there is a Haareya and Khol De Baahein to suit the contemporary ears, it is Yeh Jawaani Teri, Afeemi and Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi that steals the cake for bringing the nostalgia back again. It’s a delicate piece of work, and one of the most underrated this year.
Composer(s) : Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Amartya Rahut, Santanu Ghatak
Just like the film, the soundtracks of Tumhari Sulu are a breathe of fresh air. With the quirky and fun Manwa Likes to Fly to the tenderly romantic Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani and a respectful recreation of Hawa Hawai, here’s an album high on recall value.
Jab Harry Met Sejal
Composer : Pritam
Imtiaz scores yet again in the music department with his latest film. Pritam along with Irshad Kamil creates an album that is beautiful and vibrant.
Arijit shines bright with two categorically different songs – Hawayein and Safar which proves he’s still very much in form.
The highlight for me was Radha – sung with utmost ferociousness by Shahid Mallya and Sunidhi.
Composer : Pritam
Pritam might have taken ages to compose for this, but the end result was worth it.
The fun, quirky but brilliant Ullu Ka Pattha is just the tip of this album filled 20-odd soundtracks. It then veers to the soothing Jhumri Talaiya and again amps up the quirk with Daaru Pee Ke.
When you are in the mood for a long night with music, revel in this collection and you’ll have a time of your life!