Over decades, the Hindi film industry has blessed music lovers with composers like S D Burman, R D Burman, A R Rahman, Jatin-Lalit, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Bharadwaj, Amit Trivedi and lyricists like Gulzar, Sahir Ludhianvi, Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi, to name a few. At times, a brilliant soundtrack boosts the collections of a movie which doesn’t seem to perform well at the Box Office, other times, an interesting movie totally eclipses its well-composed songs. How many times have you felt that a particular song did not get the attention it deserved? Bollywood has a long list of such underrated songs that each and every music lover would appreciate.
Some brilliantly made songs either go unnoticed or do not enjoy enough airtime on various radio and television channels and tend not to remain in our memory. Be it any decade, Bollywood has always come up with musical gems which stay with the audience for the rest of their lives. Songs like Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (Mughal-e-Azam), Jaane Wo Kaise Log (Pyaasa), Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli (Anand),Kabhi Kabhi (Kabhi Kabhie), Dekha Ek Khwab (Silsila), Dil Cheez Kya Hai (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar), Dum Maaro Dum (Hare Krishna Kare Ram) and many more have resonated with the old and young alike.
A Quora user put out a question inquiring which were the most underrated songs of Bollywood and each song on the list is a pure delight.
Here’s a list of 9 such songs:
1. Tu Kisi Rail Si, Masaan
This underrated song from a beautiful yet underrated movie, Masaan, was penned by Varun Grover and was based on a ghazal by Dushyant Kumar. Sung by Swanand Kirkire and composed by popular music band Indian Ocean, the song is an absolute treat to ears. Even Mann Kasturi was a delight.
2. Behroopia, Mohabbat Buri Bimari and all the songs of Bombay Velvet
Although the movie was a commercial disaster, the entire soundtrack was based on old world Jazz and received critical appreciation, however, remained unwelcomed by the audience. Composed by Amit Trivedi, all the songs of the movie were brilliant, specially Behroopia sung by Neeti Mohan and Mohit Chauhan.
3. Aazadiyan, Udaan
The movie was well-received by the audience but its songs completely went unnoticed and did not enjoy enough air time. The music for this movie is also composed by Amit Trivedi, and the song is penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
4. Beparwah, Shahid
The movie did quite well at the box office but one of the Quora users quite rightly thinks that the song, sung by Bollywood’s popular singer Arijit Singh, did not receive its due. The music was composed by Karan Kulkarni and the soulful lyrics were written by Shelle, who wrote Pardesi (Dev D) and quite a few other songs from Udta Punjab.
5. Duniya and Aarambh, Gulaal
The movie did not appeal to the audience and some of its brilliant songs went unnoticed, specially Duniya and Aarambh, both written, sung and composed by much-talented Piyush Mishra.
6. Aaj Lagi Lagi Nayi Dhoop, Ankhon Dekhi
This extremely melodious song from one of the most brilliant movies directed by Rajat Kapoor is a pure delight for any music lover. Sung by none other than Kailash Kher, the song will definitely leave you mesmerized. Music was composed by Sagar Desai and lyrics were penned by Varun Grover, who is also the writer for Masaan.
7. Alvida, D Day
Music composed by the amazing trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the lyricist of this song was Niranjan Iyengar (who also wrote Chammak Challo from Ra.One).
8. Dil Gira Dafatan, Delhi 6
Need we say anything about this one? The music for the movie was composed by A R Rahman and lyrics were written by Prasoon Joshi. Although Masakkali and Rehna Tu proved to be quite a hit with people, this beautiful song, somehow, got eclipsed.
9. Piya Tora Kaisa Abhimaan, Raincoat
This brilliant song sung by Hariharan is way too beautiful, from its evocative lyrics (penned by Rituparno Ghosh) to its soul-soothing music (composed by Debjyoti Mishra). Stop whatever you’re doing and just hear this one.
This is not an exhaustive list. Even songs from Farhan Akhtar’s Luck By Chance and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera were quite underrated. Do let us know some of your favourites in the comments section below.
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