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Vera
05-03-2006, 03:53 AM
Because I wanted to make one.

To start off, in case somebody didn't know, music is a very important component of Indian cinema, which it always has been. I currently don't have any oldie soundtracks on my computer (I do have some on my iPod, though), so this will be mostly very modern tracks, post-millennial films. If possible, I will provide links to videos, so you can see what the song looks like in the film.

At first I will introduce you to two of my favourite BW soundtracks ever and then I'll give you some random good tracks from various films.

Dil Se - composed by A.R. Rahman

Satrangi Re from "Dil Se" (http://download.yousendit.com/6F46F1171D2045B3)
The composer A.R. Rahman is probably the most credible and talented composer of the current Hindi cinema music scene. He's had his hits and misses, but Dil Se (title means 'from the heart' or in a different context, 'with heart' ie 'with all my heart') is definitely one of his best works. The picturization (= the part in the song where the song plays) is pretty stunning so here's a YouTube link to it (http://youtube.com/watch?v=pcTqxqpnPKY&search=satrangi%20re). The lyrics talk about "you, the one with many colours", which explains the picturization being as it is. I can't really describe this song. It's beautiful and haunting and takes what I like best about traditional Indian music, which is the rhythms and the unique sound, and gives it a more modern feel. The film is about obsessive, all-consuming love and this song reflects it so well.

Dil Se Re from "Dil Se" (http://download.yousendit.com/6EB13FB465728FB1)
Title track of the film, obviously. Faster and less haunting than Satrangi Re but just as gorgeous. Intense.

Chaiya Chaiya from "Dil Se" (http://download.yousendit.com/22382A7D0D1C4D50)
Hey, welcome to Bollywood's love for shrilly, high-pitched female voices. It took some time for me to adjust to this fact. However, once I got over it, I fell in love with this song. It works so much better with the video, mostly because they're dancing on top of a train (no, seriously!), so here you have the picturization (http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-7tQOAIUZY&search=chaiya%20chaiya).

Translated lyrics to these songs here (http://bollywhat.com/lyrics/dilse_lyr.html)

Dil Chahta Hai - composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy

Jaane Kyon from "Dil Chahta Hai" (http://download.yousendit.com/B5395C2A32B423C9)
Hey, another Dil soundtrack! Dil means heart, and the title of this film means "The Heart Wants/Desires". Cheesy, I know, but the film is really good and so is the soundtrack, composed by a trio of Shankar, Ehsan and Loy. Their soundtracks always sound fresh and modern (not afraid to think outside the box), which is why they're one of my absolute favourite composers when it comes to BW music. This song's picturization takes place in Australia, which is why you hear some sort of an aboriginal instrument in the backround. The song itself basically works as dialogue between a girl and a guy, and the guy is being all "love is useless" and the girl counters with reasons why love is teh roxorz.

Tanhayee from "Dil Chahta Hai" (http://download.yousendit.com/92BC8B5B7BB957C1)
Title means "loneliness". This is such a sad song, but I love it. You can just feel the pain. Ah, lovely.

Dil Chahta from ..."Dil Chahta Hai", duhh (http://download.yousendit.com/9C0C246539C9217F)
The title song. Totally feel-good. I can't really say much else about this song. It just works.

Translated lyrics here (http://bollywhat.com/lyrics/dch_lyr.html)

Random Tracks of Awesome

Sabse Bada Rupaiyya from "Bluffmaster" (http://download.yousendit.com/748F5F2B43DF7D52) - Bolly music with some hiphop influences, baby. I love this track, it always makes me want to dance. The whole Bluffmaster album is hot hot hot, but I picked this track off it because it's so very bling - the title means "nothing's bigger than money" and the lyrics go into great detail about how money runs the world. And the video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9oN_a3U2D_g&search=sabse%20bada%20rupaiyya)
makes me roffle.

Tu Jahan from "Salaam Namaste" (http://download.yousendit.com/5E2743B15028D9CC) - Lovely, beautiful slow song.

Kajra Re from "Bunty Aur Babli" (http://download.yousendit.com/BE4E4BC679D5A3BE) - Biggest hit of last year. It's a lovely song, though the chorus kind of annoys me. Still, pretty ace.

Mitwa from "Lagaan" (http://download.yousendit.com/CC660CF15ABF8FF1) - Lagaan was the film that got an Oscar nomination in 2002. Mitwa is probably the best song off the soundtrack, and it has one of my favourite playback singers doing great vocals on it, Udit Narayan. Catchy as hell, too. Composed by A.R. Rahman.

Suraj Hua Maddham from "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (http://download.yousendit.com/BB2A3DFC01072DBE) - This is a song from the first Indian film I saw and it's just absolutely beautiful and intimate.

Dekho Na from "Fanaa" (http://download.yousendit.com/144D00BE5A10EA41) - I'm so excited for this yet unreleased movie and bought the soundtrack when it came out. This is my favourite track off the album, it's just hot. Very melodic and nice.


Hmm... Ask me for more, I'll provide what I can. Also tell me if some link becomes bad.

Enjoy!

killer_queen
05-03-2006, 11:36 AM
Thank for all of them!

They kinda reminded me Turkish music but these ones are more peaceful. I really loved Mitwa. But I always hated the female vocals on Indian music. God, they are fucking annoying.

Vera
05-03-2006, 12:05 PM
You get used to it. Well, I did. And there are some lovely female vocalists like Sunidhi Chauhan.

But overall I prefer male solo songs. Singers like Shaan, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Kunal Ganjawala always a pleasure to listen to.

Tell me if you liked any other songs. :)

killer_queen
05-03-2006, 12:17 PM
Dekho Na's intro is pretty good. I hate the vocal, though.

Vera
05-03-2006, 12:43 PM
Aw, it's a song that took its sweetass time to grow on me, though. Not an instant favourite.

XYlophonetreeZ
05-03-2006, 03:19 PM
Chaiya Chaiya from "Dil Se" (http://download.yousendit.com/22382A7D0D1C4D50)
Hey, welcome to Bollywood's love for shrilly, high-pitched female voices. It took some time for me to adjust to this fact. However, once I got over it, I fell in love with this song. It works so much better with the video, mostly because they're dancing on top of a train (no, seriously!), so here you have the picturization (http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-7tQOAIUZY&search=chaiya%20chaiya).

Though I don't normally explore Indian music, I actually know this one because it was played in the opening scene of the movie Inside Man. I thought the movie was kinda overrated, but this song was teh secks and I immediately looked it up after I got home. It's awesome.

Vera
05-03-2006, 11:55 PM
Yeah, I know about the Inside Man thing.. Though I hear it was apparently remixed to fucking death in the movie. A lot of my Bolly-fan friends went to see the movie just to hear the song and they were mighty disappointed (both at the movie and the way the song was used in it).

wheelchairman
05-04-2006, 12:46 AM
First my Friend's List. Now my forum. :(

Vera
05-04-2006, 01:12 AM
First my Friend's List. Now my forum. :(
Next I'll be starting a Bollywood film theater in your hometown in Oregon.

Perwned.