Musically, the year so far has been a disappointment. With the exception of one strikingly original album (Delhi Belly) everything else has been routine Bollywood fare. A few soundtracks (Ready, Tanu Weds Manu, 7 Khoon Maaf, Murder 2) did stand out for various reasons but none of them are likely to have a shelf life beyond a few months.
This week we take a look at 5 of the biggest songs so far and hope the second half of the year offers better variety.
1. Bhaag DK Bose (Delhi Belly)
This explosive rock track burst with an energy and attitude of today’s youth. The lyrics were risqué yet hilarious and the hook was so undeniably catchy, that the number reached chartbuster status as soon as it was released. Unapologetic and spirited, DK Bose will also remembered for Ram Sampath’s brilliant rendition of his own composition. The song had its set of detractors, but nothing could stop Bose from becoming a phenomenon.
2. Character Dheela (Ready)
Khan ridiculed himself and struck gold with Character Dheela. The number (Neeraj Sridhar, Amrita Kak) had all the trappings of a typical Pritam chartbuster – stylish vocals, a catchy hook, heavy orchestration and inane lyrics. And the concoction worked bigtime.
3. Dhinka Chika (Ready)
The other biggie from the same album, Dhinka Chika (Mika Singh, Amrita Kak) was a recycled Telugu tune with an infectious rhythm. South Indian music director Devi Shri Prased prescribed the right tune for die hard Salman fans and delivered a most foot thumping dance number. The boisterous track and Khan’s inspired dancing ensured the song was universally loved, at least for a while.
4. Sadi Gali (Tanu Weds Manu)
RDB’s Sadi Gali was a resounding success a few years ago. Debutant composer Krsna gave this super hyper track a new twist and roped in popular Bhangra singer Lehmber Hussainpuri to deliver it in its new avatar. Hussainpuri added large doses of Punjabi passion to his rendition to make this an electrifying dance number.
5. Darling (7 Khoon Maaf)
Darling (Usha Uthup, Rekha Bharadwaj) inspired by the Russian song ‘Kalinka’ was undoubtedly one of the most flamboyant songs of this year. It was hard not to get swayed by the exuberance of this delightful number. Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj especially the former were brilliant in their rendition and added to the festive spirit of this dramatic, hugely enjoyable track.