A continuation of Why I Love Bollywood: The Playlist (Part 1):
- Song: "Choli Ke Peeche" (What's beneath your blouse?)
Film: Khal Nayak (The Anti-Hero, 1993); dir. Subhash Ghai
Stars: Ila Arun, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt
Singers: Ila Arun, Alka Yagnik
I can't resist the playfully suggestive lyrics, propulsive music and Madhuri's outrageously flirtatious performance.
- Song: "Dil Laga Liya" (I gave you my heart)
Film: Dil Hai Tumhaara (My Heart Is Yours, 2002); dir. Kundan Shah
Stars: Preity Zinta, Jimmy Shergill, Mahima Chaudhary, Rekha
Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
Samir (Jimmy Shergill) loves Shalu (Preity Zinta), and Shalu loves Dev (Arjun Rampal), while Dev is betrothed to Shalu's sister Nimmi (Mahima Chaudhary). At Nimmi's engagement party Shalu performs a song that expresses her own hopeless love for Dev...
- Song: "Dil Cheez Kya Hai" (What is my heart?)
Film: Umrao Jaan (1983); dir. Muzaffar Ali
Composers: Khayyam (music), Shahryar (lyrics).
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Another story of hopeless love; the tragic courtesan Umrao Jaan is Rekha's greatest role.
- Song: "Pyar Kiya" (When one has loved, why be afraid?)
Film: Mughal-e-Azam (The Great Mughal, 1960); dir. Muzaffar Ali
Composers: Naushad (music), Shakeel Badayuni (lyrics)
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
The dancer Anarkali (Madhubala) defiantly declares her love for Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) before the Emperor Akhbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) and his court. Sensing a theme?
- Song: "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" (Adorn yourself with henna)
Film: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave Heart Will Take The Bride, 1995); dir. Aditya Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
Composers: Jatin-Lalit (music), Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
Singers: Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar
I love the interplay of secret glances and coded messages as Raj (Shah Rukh) performs this song for his lover Simran (Kajol) at the celebration of her engagement to another man.
- Song: "Kajra Re" (Dark eyes)
Film: Bunty aur Babli (Bunty and Babli, 2005); dir. Shaad Ali
Stars: Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan
Composers: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (music), Gulzar (lyrics)
Singers: Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali
An instant classic.
- Song: "Saakhiya Aaj Mujhe Neend Nahin Aayegi"
Film: Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (Master, Mistress and Servant, 2005); dir. Abrar Alvi
Star: Minoo Mumtaz
Composers: Hemant Kumar (music); Shakeel Badayuni (lyrics)
Singer: Asha Bhosle
The gorgeous black and white cinematography of this number (V. K. Murthy is the credited cinematographer, and this song was probably directed by Guru Dutt), with silhouetted backup dancers surrounding the brightly lit courtesan, shows what films lost when technicolor became the standard.
- Song: "Dhoom Taana"
Film: Om Shanti Om (2007); dir. Farah Khan
Stars: Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan
Composers: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani (music), Javed Akhtar (lyrics)
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Abhijeet
An homage to Bollywood heroes of the 1960s and 1970s, including Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, and Jeetendra, among others.