Bollywood Love Songs!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner guys and it pretty much means that I am listening to some of my favorite old school Bollywood love songs on repeat! Cheesy, over the top, and utterly romantic! I can’t help myself!

  1. 1981 movie SilSila - Dekha Ek Khwab

International locations didn’t make frequent appearances in Hindi movies during this time. But this song was filmed in Holland’s beautiful Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, making it an instant hit. The lyrics of course are beautiful but so is the onscreen chemistry between the two actors which many claim was influenced by their off-screen love affair!

2. 1992 movie Jo Jeeta Vohi Sikandar - Phela Nasha

I remember watching this movie in the Drive-In in Ahmedabad and feeling like I was the coolest kid on the block (my older sister, no doubt, was feeling the exact opposite for having forced to bring her little sister on her date with friends). All about collegiate cycling rivalries and love triangles, I LOVED this movie so much that I probably watched it a hundred times!

3. 1989 movie Maine Pyar Kiya - Aate Jaate Haste Gaate

A classic tale of a rich boy falling in love with a poor girl, my sister was sooooooo obsessed with this movie that by default, I too loved it like my life depended on it. Funny enough, this song is heavily inspired shall we say, by Stevie Wonder’s “I just called to say I love you”. The video makes me cringe a bit (still) but hey, it’s a good song nonetheless!

4. 1996 Afreen Afreen by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

A pop song by the very famous Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (who is in the video along with model Lisa Ray), this song is said to be inspired by an old Sufi classic. It’s completely addictive. Written in Urdu by Javed Akhtar, the lyrics are just CRAZY GOOD! CRAZZYYYYY GOOD!!! I am afraid the translations don’t do it justice!

5. 1998 film Dil Se - Dil Se Re

The entire sound track of the movie Dil Se is probably my favorite Hindi sound track of all time! It pretty much put A. R. Rahaman on the map! This movie was released a year after I moved to Charlotte, NC and I remember driving 30 miles to watch it in a theater that showed Hindi releases too . (Times have changed since all Hindi movies - good or bad - are shown at the local AMC) The subject matter of the film is rather heavy; it’s a love story between a reporter and a terrorist (explains the rather unusual video).

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