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Top 10 Bollywood Soundtracks of 2011…IMHO

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here is my favorite list of Top 10 Bollywood Soundtracks for 2011. While you may or may not agree with my choices, I’m positive that most of you will find one or more of your favorites listed here.

2011 was yet another stellar year for Bollywood in terms of music. We got chance to enjoy a delectable mix of mass-y music and class-y music..and of course, some louse-y music as well. While there were the pulsating and hip-shaking songs on one hand, there were others that were equally heart-breaking and soul-searching. And like everything else, we got a share of the usual turkeys too…the eminently forgettable tunes that are not even worth a mention. So read on…and see if the ones in your iTunes library made the cut.

10. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Yashraj films and music director Samir Sen gave Rahat Fateh Ali Khan a winner with “Ishq Risk”. And with Katrina Kaif dancing to the tunes of “Chhoomantar” and “Madhubala”, and holding a guitar while swaying to the beats of “Dhunki”, I wasn’t complaining. This was a soundtrack with a lot of beats and a decent amount of heart.

9. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster

The first non-massy soundtrack on my list, from a gripping movie. This one had some rare gems, in the form of Shreya Ghoshal’s “Raat Mujhe”, Babu Mann’s “Jugni”, Arif Lohar’s “Akhiyan” and the very earthy sounding title track. A great soundtrack to an equally enjoyable film.

8. Delhi Belly

This is one for the books. Here was a soundtrack where almost the entire album was situational and meant to invoke laughter at the lyrics, at the situation and at the characters.  And that too, with not even a single dull moment!! Full marks to Aamir Khan and his music director, Ram Sampath, for giving us tunes like “DK Bose”, “Nakadwaley Disco” and “I Hate You (Like I Love You)”. I’m still laughing…

7. 7 Khoon Maaf

The movie disappointed everyone, but Gulzar Saab and Vishal kept their promise while creating magic yet again with their poetry and music. “Awaara”, “Bekaraan” and “Tere Liye” were absolute gems but the piece de’ resistance was of course the wildly energetic “Darling”. Hats off to the master duo yet again.

6. RA-One

Aw come on and admit it, folks. Only SRK could make Akon sing “Chhammak Chhallo”.  And that too in Hindi! A complete Bollywood soundtrack, with 2 hip-shakers (“CC”, “Criminal”), 2 softies (“Dildaara”, “Right By Your Side”) and 1 melodious weepy (“Bharey Naina”). But the best one, in my opinion, was “Raftaarein” which rightfully captured the mood of the film. (And you have all read my views on the film anyway…)

5.  Shaitan

Bijoy Nambiar / Anurag Kashyap’s violent, stylish and ultra-disturbing look at the rich, suburban youth in India had a killer soundtrack. This was not a film for the faint-hearted…and neither was the soundtrack. But the payoffs, if you sit through the entire movie and listen the entire album, were simply immense. A must-listen for the ardent music lovers!

4. Murder-2

I am probably going to draw the most negative feedback for listing “Murder 2” so high-up on the list…or for even having it on the list. But this was amongst the most neglected albums of the year that deserved much more. Mithoon created magic by composing “Aye Khuda” and “Phir Mohabbat” and Sunidhi Chauhan sang the most sensual number in a long, long time, with “Aa Zara”. This is one of the best soundtracks to come from the Bhatt camp.

3. Rockstar

Imtiaz Ali and AR Rahman blew us away by making Ranbir Kapoor act and Mohit Chauhan sing to the beautiful lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil. This was a pure listener’s delight…another masterpiece from Rahman and an album that grows more on you with every listen. Stuff like this doesn’t come very often, folks.

2. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

This year’s ultimate buddy film (which was also a disguise for promoting the Spanish tourism industry) had music both for the classes and the masses. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy indeed have a knack for converting Javed Akhtar’s poetry into memorable tunes. For the first time, I had a single song in repeat mode on my iPhone for over a month: “Dil Dhadakne Do”. Enough said.

1. Tanu Weds Manu

The best movie of the year also had the best soundtrack of the year! Simple, pure, earthy and genuine. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of songs like “Yun Hi”, “Piya”, “Jugni”, “Mannu Bhaiya” and “Saadi Gali”. And with the Wadali Brothers singing the ethereal “Rangrez”, one really couldn’t ask for more. What an absolute gem of a soundtrack this was…and it rightfully deserves the top spot on the list, in my opinion.

Honorable mentions, in no particular order, also go out to the following soundtracks, which had at least more than two songs that raised the overall album a few notches above the ordinary: “No One Killed Jessica”, “Soundtrack”, “Patiala House”, “Sahi Dhande Galat Bande”, “Pyar Ka Punchnaama”, “Mujhse Fraandship Karoge”, “Don2”, “Bol”, “Chalo Dilli” and “Mausam”.

As always, I look forward to hearing from all of you on this list…and if I missed anything that you felt should have been here….but wasn’t. Happy Listening to yawl in 2012!!

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  1. Ishtmeet
    December 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Awesome analysis Vikas, I totally agree with your list although Rockstar should be a little higher. Tanu Weds Manu justifies it top ranking.

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