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Top 10 Bollywood romantic songs of 2014 (List 1)
Baarish - YAARIYAN
Not one, not two but five different music composers teamed up to deliver this delightful album. Though the film was a big yawnathon filled with bad acting and OTT jokes, the music composed by Pritam, Mithoon, Arko Mukherjee, A Amod and Yo Yo Honey Singh was a mixed bag of songs from party numbers to soulful songs. The one that caught our ears first was of course the soothing and romantic Baarish sung by Mohammed Irfan and Gajendra Verma. Picturised in the lavish hills of Gangtok, this number has the power to immerse the listener completely into it.
Tere Naina - JAI HO
Bhaijaan kicked off the year with a typical larger-than-life movie about a man who couldn't stand injustice around him but unfortunately we, the audience, couldn't stand the movie around us either. Though the entire album (by Sajid-Wajid) was not that appealing, one track that set us humming was the beautiful Tere Naina which portrayed Salman and newcomer Daisy Shah's chemistry on-screen. Like always the super-talented Shreya Ghoshal didn't fail to impress with her melodious vocals behind the track with Shaan and Shabab Sabri for company.
Ishq Bulaava - HASEE TOH PHASEE
Released around Valentine's 2014, Hasee Toh Phasee was a breath of fresh air for cinegoers who were sick of typical and predictable romantic movies. The movie album (by the hit duo of Vishal-Shekhar) was fresh, vibrant and as sweet as Parineeti's character in the film. There was Shake It Like Shammi dedicated to the late superstar Shammi Kapoor and there was the popular Punjabi Wedding Song crooned energetically by Sunidhi Chauhan but the most romantic number of the lot was Ishq Bulaava with Sanam Puri's heart-wrenching vocals and Kumaar's heart-warming lyrics. The 5 minute long number definitely deserves at least half a dozen re-listens!
Main Dhoondne Ko - HEARTLESS
In one more desperate attempt to relaunch his son into Bollywood, Shekhar Suman took up the director's mike to direct his son Adhyayan Suman in this so-called "medical thriller" which is allegedly a copy of the 2007 Holly flick Awake. The plot as well as the box office collections for Heartless were average and so was the album of the movie except for one or two memorable tracks. Main Dhoondne Ko with Arijit Singh doing the playback was one of them. The track composed by Gaurav Dagaonkar had the soulful and melodramatic 'Arijit-ness' in it and made for a refreshing listen.
Jiya - GUNDAY
A film which gave us the brand new Jai-Veeru-like bromance in the form of Bikram and Baala played perfectly by Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, Gunday was a wholesome entertainer complimented by its edgy storyline and supporting performances by Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan. This Ali Abbas Zafar venture was also one of the hottest albums of last year ( all credit to composer Sohail Sen) with the power-packed number Tune Maari Entriyaan becoming a sensation within a few days of its release. However, there was one 4:43 long track that melted our hearts from the first beat itself and that was Jiya sung oh-so-smoothly by the king of romantic songs himself - Arijit Singh. Arijit shifts from smooth and low to loud and high and then low again throughout this delightful number picturised on the sizzling pair of Ranveer and Priyanka. Must-listen!
Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya - SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS
Award winning actor. Award winning actress. Innovative Concept. Box office dud! Yes that's what exactly happened with this sequel to the Rahul Bose- Mallika Sherawat starrer Pyaar Ke Side Effects. Somethings didn't work for the film, one definitely being its music. Normally Pritam's albums are always full of chartbusters but this one was an exception. None of the songs were above average except for a couple of them including this sweet and breezy number called Tumse Pyaar Ho Gaya. Nikhil Paul George's lively vocals accompanied by Neeti Mohan and Mili Nair give this one a light and merry feel perfect for a sunny day long drive.
Maine Khud Ko - RAGINI MMS 2
The makers promised us a one-of-a-kind "horrex" film (a cocktail of horror and sex) but with adult star turned actress Sunny Leone in the frame, they forgot about the 'horror' part! The film wasn't exactly a sequel of the preceding horror fest but rather a treat for the sore eyes and sore ummm.... The album of the film delivered by a troupe of composers, was quite a bombshell with the blockbuster number Baby Doll and the party anthem Chaar Botal Vodka topping the list. Maine Khud Ko with Mustafa Zahid's amazing vocals and Pranay Rijia's lovely composition was the sole romantic track among the lot which has a sensuous tone and is very much listenable.
Suno Na Sangemarmar - YOUNGISTAAN
Bhagnani Jr donned the politician's hat in this summer film opposite Neha Sharma which in spite of being a South Indian remake (which usually do well) and having decent content, failed to set the producer's moods happy with its disappointing box office collections. That aside, the music of the film created by a set of four music directors, wasn't very appreciable either. The saving grace of this movie's soundtrack was Arijit Singh sung Suno Na Sangemarmar with music by Jeet Ganguly. The USP of the track is Arijit Singh's charismatic vocals and also Kausar Munir's incredible lyrics. This song alone was a big hit among all the other songs of the soundtrack and it sure makes you set your playlist on loop.
Rabba - HEROPANTI
Jackky Shroff's son, Tiger Shroff might have debuted in films with this action drama last year but he shot to fame with his hilarious memes circulating the net - some comparing him to Priyanka Gandhi to some making fun of his zoological name. Whatever be the reaction that Tiger gave to these memes, he must've surely thanked his stars for Heropanti did pretty good business at the box office though it was a complete no-brainer filled with cheesy dialogues and loads of 'maar-peet'. Heropanti had a decent soundtrack with two tracks standing out - one was obviously the catchy and upbeat Whistle Baja and the other was our romantic pick Rabba. Mohit Chauhan returned behind the mic to give us another extremely feel-good and warm track with composers Sajid-Wajid's melodious tunes and Kausar Munir's words for company. 4:53 minutes of sheer romance! Need more to say?
Chaandaniyaan - 2 STATES
Young sensations Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor teamed up to put up Chetan Bhagat's semi-autobiographical bestseller to the silver screen in this Abhishek Varman directed Dharma Productions' flick. 2 States was one of the cutest, most engaging and relevant love stories I had ever watched at the theatres. The movie pulled off a surprisingly good business thanks to Mr Bhagat's fan following which powered this one into the celebrated 100 crore club amidst the biggies. The movie's music album rendered by the hit trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was an awesome package of enjoyable numbers ranging from Uffo to Iski Uski. The track which we all floated through however was Chaandaniyaan , a pacy romantic number delivered by K Mohan and Yashita Sharma. There is nothing new about the track but its sheer smoothness and hummability makes it worth a listen or two.
So here are 10 romantic tracks which you may want to give a listen to (in case you haven't) or a re-listen to (in case you have) this Valentine's - with someone special by your side. Even if no one is giving you company this February, these songs definitely will! These are 10 among my Top 30 picks and the remaining 2 lists are coming up soon. In case you want to tell me something you can comment below. Stick around for more such articles.