A Bollywood film album is when the music meets the glamour and visuals of the mainstream Hindi cinema. While some associate a particular singer’s voice with the leading hero’s face, others claim music to be an integral part of a film narrative. So be it anything, music is certainly the heart and soul of any Hindi film. (Even if are going songless in films these days)
Well, it would not be wrong to say that every music label and composer wishes to create an album, in which each and every song leaves a lasting impression on you. Now as 2019 has come to its close, we have definitely a fair share of great albums and their songs to hum to.
A quick rewind of best music and albums and songs, in 2019, month-wise:
Soon after Zoya Akhtar announced Gully Boy, her lead actor Ranveer Singh was spotted attending sessions with Mumbai-based rappers. Rappers Divine and Naezy's uber-popular song Mere Gully Mein was recreated by Ranveer in the film but it was Doori, when Ranveer actually won over our hearts. Written by Javed Akhtar, Divine and composed by British producer Rishi Rich, the song focussed on the duality of Mumbai city and its tone with lyrics like 'Ek duniya mein do duniya, ujala ek andhera / ek sethji aur ek chela’ are hard-hitting. Apart from them, Dub Sharma's two politically relevant tracks — Azaadi and Jingostan and others like Train Song (by Raghu Dixit), Jahaan Tu Chala (by Jasleen Royal), Goriye (by Prem & Hardeep), India 91 and Jeene Mein Aaye Maza (by Ankur Tewari) are well-paced. Last but not the least, Divine's music in Sher Aaya Sher is bliss and Apna Time Aayega turned out to be the anthem of this generation. In all, the album of Gully Boy could ignite romance, passion, friendship everything while making you inclined towards rap artists.
The 18-song soundtrack which was released in all streaming platforms involves an estimated 54 contributors, which include rappers from across the country, deejays, music producers and beatboxers, such as Divine, Naezy, Sez on the beat, Rishi Rich, Dub Sharma, Jasleen Royal, Ace, Ishq Bector, MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, Noxious D, Viveick Rajagopalan, and others. Ankur Tewari has worked as the music supervisor with these artists.
The makers of the Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon starrer just followed a simple formula - just recreate songs that are already popular amongst the audience. For instance, Coca Cola Tu, originally co-written, composed and sung by Tony Kakkar, with rap by Young Desi, was recreated for the film with his sister, Neha Kakkar’s vocals. Then there is Poster Lagwa Do reboot from Guddu Dhanoa’s 1997 romance-action flick Aflatoon apart from the recreated version of Punjabi song, Tu Laung Main Elaachi. Oh, how can one forget Photo and Duniya. All in all, the five-track album was a ‘curated’ playlist of popular hits and undoubtedly, it resonated with the listeners quicker.
The music of Abhishek Varman’s directorial tried to complement the mood, era and the scale that the film was mounted upon. While Ghar More Pardesiya, sung by Shreya Ghoshal with Pritam’s music, took us back in time, other songs like First Class and Aira Gaira attempted to cater to the millennial audience. Meanwhile, the title track of Kalank is more like a ballad with Arijit Singh’s soul-stirring voice. On the other hand, Tabah Ho Gaye with Madhuri Dixit’s moves celebrates love that will leave you shattered. The soundtrack recreated the times gone by and proved to do it beautifully as well.
Vishal-Shekhar took Bharat’s music to the top with their track Slow Motion, which will force you to dance a step and also, Chashni, which makes for arguably the best songs from the jukebox. Aithey Aa is the quintessential peppy sangeet/wedding category song but fares decently. Zinda with its thumping beats and Turpeya with its done-to-death fiery lyrics are other winners from the list. Last but not least, the hymn-like Aaya Na Tu stands out for its patriotic flavour. Nonetheless, Bharat’s album is a mix of hits and the not so bad misses. All credit to Irshad Kamil's lyrics!
Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor is an adaptation of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. Much like its protagonist, the soundtracks are also angst-laden, starting from Bekhayali, which depicts the extreme frustration of a lover sans his beloved. While Kaise Hua is more like an old English classical rock number, Mere Sohneya is the peppy track with Punjabi beats. Arijit Singh once again took centre stage with Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage Hum with tracks like Tera Ban Jaunga and Pehla Pyaar communicating the central message of undying love. Shreya Ghoshal, Akhil Sachdeva, Sachet-Parampara, Tulsi Kumar and other artists have all put their efforts into the much-loved album.
(Challa) Main Lad Jaana - Uri: The Surgical Strike
The energetic song, which features Vicky Kaushal and the Indian Army prepping for war against Pakistan. has been composed by Shashwat Sachdev, with lyrics by Kumaar and vocals by Romy, Vivek Hariharan, and Sachdev. It is made under Zee Music Company banner.
Gud Naal - Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
The track is a remake of the 1986 song by Bally Sagoo and Malkit Singh titled Gur Naal Ishq Mitha featuring Malaika Arora. Sung by Harshdeep Kaur and Navraj Hans, it is a Rochak Kohli composition. The lyrics of the Saregama Music song are penned by Gurpreet Saini. Perfect for every wedding season!
Apna Time Aayega - Gully Boy
Apna Time Aayega, which has emerged as the nation's anthem because of its tonality, has been composed by Dub Sharma and Divine while Ranveer Singh provides the vocals. Divine and Ankur Tewari are responsible for the fabulous lyrics of the Zee Music Company production.
Asli Hip Hop - Gully Boy
Ranveer Singh raps that he is going to introduce 'Hindustan' to real hip hop in the song composed and written by Spitfire. With supporting vocals from rappers D’EVIL, Nexus, Rahul Raahi, Emiway, D-cypher, BeatRAW and Big Sid, the track, under Excel Movies banner, features beat boxing from D-cypher and BeatRAW.
Coca Cola - Luka Chuppi
The song from Kartik Aaryan’s and Kriti Sanon’s film Luka Chuppi, titled Coca Cola, s a reworked version of Tony Kakkar's chartbuster. Tony and Neha Kakkar provide vocals to the song, the music of which has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi. The rap of this T-series production is by Young Desi. Although it is a recreated version, managed to create a buzz amongst the audience, once again.
Ve Maahi - Kesari
Sung by Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur, the music was an original composition by Tanishk Bagchi, who has made a name for himself in the recreation category. The romantic number showcasing the relationship between two lovers is produced by Zee Music Company, and has 322 million of staggering views on Youtube!
First Class - Kalank
Varun Dhawan starring song, under Zee Music Company, featured 500 dancers and is choreographed by Remo D'Souza. It is composed by Pritam and sung by Arijit Singh. The song appealed to the millenials for its dance moves and beats.
Slow Motion - Bharat
Slow Motion starring Salman Khan and Disha Patani has vocals by Vishal-Shekhar and is sung by Nakash Aziz and Shreya Ghoshal. The lyrics of the T-series production have been written by Irshad Kamil. The track, with Salman's star power and Disha's moves, got the audience hooked. And that yellow saree, aha!
Bekhayali - Kabir Singh
The song Bekhayali features Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani and gives a glimpse of their passionate love story and eventual sad breakup. It is sung by Sachet Tandon and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. The music of the T-series production has been composed by newcomers Sachet-Parampara, and is certainly 'the romantic song' of the year!
Tujhe Kitna Chahne - Kabir Singh
This romantic track is sung by Arijit Singh and is composed by Mithoon. The Zee Music Company song turned out to be the new 'heartbreak' number and is penned by Mithoon.
O Saki - Batla House
The recreated version of Musafir song, sung by Tulsi Kumar, Neha Kakkar and B Praak and featuring Nora Fatehi, got 327 million views. The T-series production was composed by Tanishk Bagchi again who gave a new spin to the song, originally composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Well, how can one miss Nora's scintillating moves in this one!
Saiyaan Pyscho - Saaho
Featuring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor, the T-series song is sung by Dhvani Bhanushali and Sachet Tandon and composed and written by Tanishk Bagchi. Also, the additional lyrics are penned by Mellow D. It boasts of million 177 views on Youtube.
Ik Mulaqaat - Dream Girl
Ik Mulaqaat perfectly captures the shyness and excitement of the first date between Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha. The Sufi-inspired melody, composed by Meet Bros, Ik Mulaqaat has been sung by Altamash Faridi and Palak Muchhal, and the lyrics penned by Shabbir Ahmed.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas - PPDKP
With the magical voice of Arijit Singh and Parampara Thakur, the lyrics are penned by the duo of Siddharth and Garima. The music of this Zee Music Company production is given by Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur. The soothing number was the best one out of the album.
Ghungroo - War
The groovy, peppy romantic number by Yash Raj Films featuring, Hrithik Roshan and Vaani Kapoor, has been composed by Vishal and Shekhar with lyrics by Kumaar. Arijit Singh and Shilpa Rao have lent their voices. It is a spin on classic song Ghungroo Toot Gaye. The choreography of the song worked in its favour, making it for an equal visual delight.
Bala o Bala - Housefull 4
The song is a recreated version of Bala Bala by Tony Montana. It is sung by Sohail Sen and Vishal Dadlani. The music is by Sohail while lyrics are written by Farhad Samji. Ganesh Acharya has choreographed the T-series song. The song emerged as a chartbuster, thanks to Akshay Kumar's Bala hook step challenge.
Odhani - Made in China
Odhani is a foot-tapping number sung by Neha Kakkar and Darshan Raval and featuring Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy. It is composed by Sachin – Jigar and the lyrics are co-written by Jigar and Niren Bhatt. It is made under Sony Music India banner - the perfect fit for Navratri and Dandiya festivities this season.
Dheeme Dheeme - Pati, Patni Aur Woh
Sung by Tony Kakkar and Neha Kakkar, Dheeme Dheeme is composed by Tanishk Bagchi with lyrics from Tony, Tanishk and Mellow D. The T-series song features Kartik, Bhumi and Ananya grooving on this dance number. The song has 3 million views on Youtube.
Munna Badnaam Hua - Dabangg 3
The song, a T-series production, is a spin-off the 2010 hit song Munni Badnam Hui from Dabangg. It has been written by Danish Sabri with Badshah writing the rap portion. Badshah, Kamaal Khan, and Mamta Sharma have crooned the track with a composition by musician duo Sajid Wajid. Salman's hook step made this one a hit!
Chandigarh Main - Good Newwz
The song, which sees Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani hitting the dance floor big time, has been sung by Badshah, Harrdy Sandhu, Lisa Mishra, Asees Kaur. The lyrics of this Zee Music Company track are by Tanishk Bagchi with lyrics from him and Badshah. Much glam and unconventional peppy tones worked in the song's favour.