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The Best Opening Credits Songs of Bollywood

March 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Opening credit songs in Bollywood have been known to set the tone for a film. While some of them act as the film’s “curtain-raiser”, others are nothing short of a lasting memory that stays with the audience long after the film has ended. If the opening song hits its mark, the expectations from the rest of the movie skyrocket as well. And as has been the case most of the times in the past, films with good opening credit songs have not disappointed the audience either.

For a long time, I have harbored a desire to create a list of such memorable songs…songs that we will almost never see playing again on any TV Channel (because they run with the credits of the film being displayed on screen), and yet are amongst the ones that still have us humming when they are played on radio…or on our portable music players.

I make an attempt here today by listing my personal Top 15 Favorite Opening Credit Songs. Although I have rated them from 15 through 1, it is hard to actually pick one over the other. They are all equally dear to me and I’m sure to some of you as well. Of course there would also be a lot that I missed and I look forward to hearing from you about the ones that may not be on my list…but are definitely on yours.

PS: Don’t forget to click on the links to view and enjoy the songs in YouTube.

15.) HAHK – Hum Aapke Hain Koun

This one started it all…the lead characters looking straight at the audience and doing nothing but singing a melody about love as the credits roll. The trend was subsequently adopted by other filmmakers, in different variations, like “Yes Boss” and “Dil To Paagal Hai”.



14.) MAUSAM – Dil Dhoondta Hai

A soul-stirring opening song for a brilliant film by Gulzar Saab. Even though I like both versions of the song, I find this one particularly melancholic and far-reaching in its overall impact.



13.) DHOOM 2 – Dhoom Machaale

The “Greek God” hero of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan, has never looked more dashing and danced on a more electrifying song than this!! Wonderful start to an equally entertaining film.



12.) KHATTA MEETHA – Yeh Jeena Hai

One of the best made bitter-sweet comedies of Bollywood, the opening credit song introduces us to the various characters of the two primary families featured in the film. Two families who unite to brave the storms of life together. Composed by an unforgettable Rajesh Roshan.



11.) KARZ – Paise Ye Paisa

Any list of memorable reincarnation films would not be complete without a mention of Karz. And the lyrics of the songs aptly capture a common man’s view on money. Relevant and catchy…even today.



10.) KHUDDAR – Oonche Neeche Raaste

A beautifully penned song, composed by the inimitable Rajesh Roshan once again. This one shows an elder brother’s love for his siblings, in one of Amitabh Bachchan-Sanjeev Kumar’s most underrated films.



9.) VIDHAATA – Haathon Ki Chand Lakeeron Ka

Two legends sharing the screen space for a song with deep rooted meaning. This song lays the ground for the events that unfold in an excellently crafted film by Subhash Ghai.



8.) SHAAN – Doston Se Pyaar Kiya

Ah…a classic homage to the James Bond Theme songs, composed by Pancham and sung with equal panache by none other than the terrific Usha Uthup.



7.) GUIDE – Wahan Kaun Hai Tera

Aptly capturing the ethos of a tormented man, this was Dev Saab and SD Burman at their best for a movie of an RK Narayan novel that is never enough when seen just once.



6.) VEER-ZAARA  – Kyun Hawaa Aaj

This was a coup of sorts. Sonu Nigam singing a beautiful melody penned by Javed Akhtar in the 2000s, composed by the late Madan Mohan decades ago and featuring a vintage Shah Rukh Khan in Switzerland for a Yash Chopra’s romance. And just when you thought the goings were getting too romantic, Yashji ends the song with the sound of a bullet!!



5.)  BASERAA – Tumhein Chhod Ke

A wonderfully written (Gulzar) and an equally beautifully composed (RD Burman) opening song from one of the most emotional films of the eighties. Ultra-hummable to this very day.



4.) GOL MAAL – Gol Maal Hai Bhai Sab

This would hardly be a Bollywood fan who wouldn’t have heard this song from Hrishida’s classic comedy. Gulzar Saab and Pancham created magic with a song whose lyrics are a GolMaal in themselves.




Ah…the ultimate guys flick with a kick-a^%$ song that sets things into motion. A rock-infused ditty composed with gusto by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, this one was an instant hit with me…and remains so to this date. “Kyun Hai Koi Aab Dabi…Shola Jo Bhadke Bhadakne Do”.



2.) DES PARDES – Yeh Des Pardes

Rajesh Roshan once again composes a song written with such clarity and heartfelt emotions by Amit Khanna that it brings a lump to my throat every time I hear it. The song describes feelings all of us immigrants in a “Pardes” go through and Dev Saab captures them through striking visuals of Indian Immigrants in London, as part of the opening song for one of the last great films that he made.



1.) TRISHUL – Aap Ki Mehki Hui

Hands down my personal favorite opening credit song from one of the most powerful films made in Bollywood. This one may come as a surprise to a lot but the ethereal lyrics from Sahir, the seamless composition from Khayyam and the effortless singing by Yesudas and Lata Mangeshkar makes me fall in love again and again. Love in its purest form indeed from the King of Romance, Yash Chopra.


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