Have you ever had a song stuck inside your head but for the life of you, couldn’t remember which movie the song was from? There are songs that transcend the movie it was made for and live on in public memory even if the film sank without a trace. These are those songs which had the strength to rise above the weak scripts through their lyrics and exceptional music. Even if the movie is a hit, people tend to remember it through that one song.
Kajra re (Bunty aur Babli): The movie may have been a hit with the public appreciating the pairing of Rani Mukerjee and Abhishek Bachchan, but 11 years on, the only thing that people connect with the movie is the Aishwarya Rai item number Kajra Re which became an overnight craze. Without this one song the film might have been a hit but it would not have the honour of living in public memory, even after so many years.
Toh Phir Aao (Awarapan): The song that defined the whole movie. When the first song promo of the film hit the market of this 2007 Emraan Hashmi starrer, everyone fell in love with the song. Even after 9 years, you would be hard pressed to find a person who hasn’t heard this song. Ask them about the movie and I doubt if they can tell you anything about it.
Sheila ki Jawaani (Tees Maar Khan): Though it has fallen out of favour with the public as of late, this 2010 Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer is synonymous with this peppy number even after 6 years of its release. If you say Tees Maar Khan, there are high chances that people will talk about this item song rather than the movie. And with the film being what it was, who can blame them?
Bhaag DK Bose (Delhi Belly): Yes, this is one of the most successful movies in Imran Khan’s career and was a true game-changer in its time of release but it is this unapologetic song that dragged audience to the theatres. With its unorthodox lyrics and rock beats, it became a youth anthem. Everyone was humming it or singing it and as the years pass by the song looks to transcend the movie, even if it is a difficult feat.
Hosanna (Ekk Deewana Tha): The song that everyone relates to Ekk Deewana Tha even if they haven’t seen the movie. The movie was a remake of South Indian film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and even the songs were Hindi versions of the Tamil movie. With AR Rahman behind the film’s score, its hardly a surprise that this one’s going to stick around.
Raabta (Agent Vinod): Even after 4 years of its release people still fail to answer which movie the soulful Raabta belongs to. Point made.
Aankhon hi Aankhon mein Yoon (EMI): If you can guess when this Sanjay Dutt starrer came out, you deserve an award that this film never got. But the romantic Aankhon can be still be found in people’s playlists even if they don’t know how or when it seeped into their memories.
Allah ke Bande ( Waisa Bhi Hota Hain Part II): Yes, that song. That song sung by Kailash Kher. That Parinda wala song. Allah ke Bande has carved its place in modern music lore due to Kailah Kher’s voice but the film that it originated from has been largely forgotten.
Ishq ne Tere (Aahista Aahista): A truly delightful number which deserves all the plaudits it gets. Shame, that the film starring Abhay Deol and Soha Ali Khan sank without a trace at the box office. Still, the song lives on.
Ishq Kamina (Shakti): If it was not for this item song starring the sizziling Aishwarya Roy and Shahrukh Khan, this film would be forgotten by even the stars who acted in it. Starring Karishma Kapoor, Nana Patekar and an extended cameo by Shah Rukh Khan himself, the film still failed to pull in audience. The song, however, still persists to this very day.
Party Abhi Baki Hain (F.A.L.T.U): This song still is used in parties even if everyone has forgotten the film associated with it and for good reasons too.
Jeene ke Ishaare ( Phir Milenge): The one before Salman Khan went on a behemoth spree as “Bhai”. This was one of the earliest films that touched on the subject of AIDS. Shame it did not get a good response but the song withstood the test of time.
So the next time a song lingers in your mind, do not worry and just simply enjoy the tune that has taken over your mind!