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14th-Feb-2011 02:08 am
Welcome to the Dil Titli Sa (The Heart's Like A Butterfly) meme :D

tehrashminator and I have decided to post a list of Bollywood songs from the 90s that make us feel genki. Songs that whenever you hear them or even think about them bring a huge grin on your face. Songs that make you feel as though you could just start floating on the air right there and then. Songs that...you get the picture. Like I mentioned in a tweet earlier in the day, I love that feeling of my-heart-could-almost-burst-of-gladness-&-if-it-did-butterflies-would-fly-out that I get with certain songs. So what better way to celebrate that than trying to reminisce about them right? Do join in as well, and share your favourites, or better yet make a whole post about it! After all, everyone needs to have one that they can go back to on a crappy day right?

Here are 10 Bollywood songs, in no particular order, from the 90s that never fail to gladden my heart:

1. Dil Mera Chura Lo from Kareeb (1998) {Link}
This is the song I was talking about in the tweet that resulted in this post. I was watching Kareeb this weekend and GUH I was pretty much squeeing out loud the entire time. But that's a whole other post. I bet you all remember Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili, this song is from the same movie. It was really tough choosing between DMCL and CCJNM but the latter won out, if only because it was such an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. In both songs Kumar Sanu and Sanjeevani sing so sweetly that if songs were sweets you'd be warned against listening to them too much lest you get cavities. Anu Malik's music is melodious and hummable. I love that both songs have this whistle thing going on.

Rahat Indori's lyrics may not be ground breaking or intensely poetic but they convey the innocence of love wonderfully while also being playful, especially DMCL. Don't even get me started on how adorable Neha and Bobby are in both the songs. Hayye, Neha singing and dancing alone on the hilltop in CCNM, Bobby giving Neha a flower in DMCL, and when she indicates for him to leave, shrugging and whistling while climbing the stairs, Neha happily skipping by herself to get some vegetables, Bobby turning up in place of the puppets and then later Neha...it's just so cute! GAH! Other equally endearing Bobby Deol songs include Humko Sirf Tumse Pyar Hai from Barsaat and Hum To Dil Chaahein Tumhaara from Soldier.

2. Sawan Barse Tarse Dil from Dahek (1999) {Link}
This is a lovely song sung by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam, coupled with Majrooh Sultanpuri's sweet lyrics describing the feelings of two lovers on a rainy day who are eagerly preparing to meet each other. While the hero is trying to find the perfect token of love for his sweetheart the heroine feels restless as she is waiting. I like that Anand-Milind pared down the music to some very few beats and refrains and allow the song to belong to the singers and the lyricist.

I love how vividly the lyrics conjure up the monsoon season, let alone the picturisation with all the umbrellas and raincoats, the auto stuck in the muddy road and the taxi's front screen wiper. Speaking of picturisation, what can one say about Sonali Bendre? When has she ever looked anything less than stunning? I wish she still did movies. Her song Jo Haal Dil Ka from Sarfarosh very much belongs on this list by the way. I just love the way the dream sequence is portrayed in that song - it actually feels like the hero and heroine appear to be all calm and sweet on the surface but have all these intense feelings buried underneath. Usually the impact of such a sequence is lost on you when the entire song is a dream sequence, if you know what I mean?

Anyway back to Dahek, Akshaye Khanna in that red shirt stuck in the middle of a crowd of umbrellas and trying to make his way through - I feel that this is one of those iconic 90s moments. Show just that clip or still to someone who's grown up in the 90s and they'll immediately know what song it is, just like Bobby and that yellow chunni udaaoing bit in CCJNM from Kareeb.

3. Deewana Main Chala from Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) {Link}
I want you all to know it was VERY hard trying to limit myself to one (ONE!!!) Salman song. He was my favourite in the 90s and I tried not to miss any of his movies on pirated cable channels. Ahhhh 90s Salman was so precious you guys. He looked so sweet and omg just thinking about that Andaz Apna Apna scene where Karishma and Salman are blinking their eyes as they move their head slowly to the side and then Salman breaks their eye lock or the "abhi mood nahin hai" scene from MPK is making me grin. In the end I chose Deewana Main Chala because if it can make my heart flip despite whatever it is that Salluji thinks Kajol is gonna be happy to see him wearing (though this is the least of Salman's fashion transgressions lol) then clearly there is some magic in this song! It isn't just in Jatin-Lalit's music and Udit Narayan's voice, though speaking of, when he sings the "kya hai samaa" part the 2nd time the way he kheenchos the words samaa and hai gets me every time. I have a thing for when lines or stanzas get repeated in songs twice in a row and are sung slightly differently. Yeah, I'm weird like that. Check my post on Veer for other musical fetishes of mine, if you are so inclined. Yeah so I was saying, beyond the music of the song I also love the Himachali setting (loved it in Kareeb too, I'm Himachali and spent plenty of summer holidays visiting different hill stations, can you tell? :P) and Salman being adorable and Kajol looking gorgeous.

Sameer's lyrics paint such an evocative picture of the hero's journey as he goes off to find his love and anticipates her reaction. But it isn't just that, I love that the lyrics and light music paint a wonderful picture of the lovely weather the hero encounters during his journey - a sky such that everyone's in the mood to enjoy some magical moments, a wind that shows no mercy and clouds that are mischievous:
kya hai samaa, kya aasmaan
masti mein hai saara jahaan
khila khila hai mausam
yeh fiza sangdali
yeh ghata manchali

I also adore the kesuoon ke tale, hum milenge gale (tyun tududu tududu) line but have no idea what in the world it means! I used to think he said gehuon ke tale, which would be about hugging beneath the wheat plants but it's actually kesuoon - kesh means hair so err what? Someone solve that mystery for me please.

I'm not gonna sneakily slip in references to other Salman songs here btw because that's probably a post on its own :P Ok, maybe just one or two? S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was THE Salman voice. Salman on-screen and SPB behind fit so perfectly that it breaks my heart that he doesn't work in Bollywood anymore. WHY world WHY!? I just can't imagine songs like Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya, Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai, Kabhi Tu Chhalliya Lagta Hai and Tumse Jo Dekhte Hi Pyar Hua bursting my heart with happiness if either of them weren't part of it. Apparently Salman specifically requested SPB for MPK, HAHK, Saajan and the like. Salman, Arbaaz & co. please make another movie happen and convince SPB to make an appearance in Bollywood again. PLEASE.

4. Mujhe Raat Din from Sangharsh (1999) {Link}
Gosh this movie, haha I remember watching this on pirated cable tv even though I had a Hindi exam the next day. That's how mad about movies I used to be I suppose. I think I was trying to cram a nibandh on some topic (maybe Diwali?) from one of those practice tutorial books while watching the movie so I'd have to come and go out of the room, which is probably why I don't remember anything other than Preity being a badass cop, a disturbing villain and scary criminal!Akshay. It seems cruel to be quoting this song as a favourite when Preity doesn't even end up with her fiance in the movie, Aman Verma. Pehli Pehli Baar Baliye, featuring the asli jodi in the movie, is also nice but something about how possessive and self-assured Sameer's lyrics in Mujhe Raat Din are while still being sung in a humble and hopeful tone by Sonu Nigam, set to Jatin-Lalit's music, just touches my heart.

I kinda have to LOL at this song sometimes because I know Aman as That Guy Who Was Gonna Marry Tulsi But Then Mihir Came Back From The Dead in KSBKBT. He does a fine job of portraying a lover who feels sure he knows how the one he loves feels but wants her to admit it herself. So he calls her and gently chides her for contributing to his restlessness and tells her that in turn he's sure one day she won't be able to sleep without him too... I mean really, how can you not just totally fall for this song right?

5. Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyaan from Maachis (1996) {Link
OMGZWHUT, I just realised that one of the guys in the movie is the tayaji from the serial Ram Milaye Jodi XD Now I am gonna have to rewatch this movie. Not that it wasn't already on my rewatch list. Because I honestly don't remember much except that it has some truly amazing songs, a sad story and Tabu and Chandrachur Singh not to mention Vishal Bhardwaj as the music director and Gulzarji as the lyricist.

Well given Gulzarji's presence (he was also the director?), no wonder every single line in both this song and Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale is sheer poetry. The former manages to transform my mood to positivity despite actually being about leaving the comforts of home and loved one's behind because the lyrics, singers and actors convey their affection and attachment in such a beautiful manner I almost feel I am there with them reminiscing. To add anything else about these songs seems superfluous because just looking at the lyrics will tell all:

Chhod aaye hum woh galiyaan... / We've left behind those lanes
Jahaan tere pairon ke kamal giraa karte the / Where your feet like lotus flowers would fall
Hanse toh do gaalo me bhanvar pada karte the / When you used to laugh two bees would appear on your cheeks
Teri kamar ke bal pe nadi muda karti thi / The river would bend because of your waist
Hansi teri sun sunke phasal paka karati thi  / The crops would become ready to harvest while listening to your laughter
Chhod aaye hum woh galiyaan... / We've left behind those lanes
O jahan teri edi se dhup uda karati thi / Where from your ankle the sun would fly
Suna hai uss chaukhat pe ab sham raha karati hai / I hear these days on that entrance there is a constant evening
Laton se ulajhi lipati ek rat hua karati thi / There would be a night full of tangled and wrapped hair
Kabhi kabhi takiya pe woh bhi mila karati hai / Sometimes I meet them on my pillow
Chhod aaye ham woh galiyaan... / We've left behind those lanes

Wow I am so sorry for inflicting my crappy translation on you all. Trust me when I say that in hindi those words are just something else entirely. Mind=blown every. single. time I hear this song.

I love both those songs so much I could cry of happiness! ♥ ♥

... so it appears that 2 years later I still suffer from the same bimari (illness) as before - "long lj entries" XD So I think I'll write up the other 5 songs some other day :)

Meanwhile check out Rashmi's post on the same topic at Fulltime Filmi.
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13th-Feb-2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
What a lovely list! I am having such a good time rediscovering these songs; thank you so much for getting the ball rolling! The Kareeb songs are beautiful and make my heart happy. I had completely forgotten about Saawan Barse, ahhhh, lovely song.

Also, TOTALLY agree about 90s Salman being amazing. I am not a big Sallu fan anymore, but his 90s movies were FANTASTIC - Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Hum Saath Saat Hai, Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam, etc etc.... I really want that Salman back. I guess I just want Rajshri/Sooraj Barjatya Salman back? :D

Okay, "Chod Aayein Hum Woh Galiyan" - there's definitely a movie where the male guy says that line, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is. Do you remember? It's bugging me now, so much.

Gulzaar. ♥ I was just thinking earlier today (based on a recent post by thebollywoodfan; I don't know if you read his blog) that my next playlist should be my favourite songs which Gulzaar has penned. I urge you to collaborate on me with this one again. :D

Love your list! Cannot wait for the other five. Meanwhile, I have so many more songs spinning around in my head that I'm almost tempted to make part 2 of this playlist. Haha. Whenever I get into these music moods, I tend to go all out--I need to be careful, or Fulltime Filmi may just end up being Fulltime Gaana, lol.
13th-Feb-2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
collaborate with me on this one* HAHA what did I even write. Classic case of my fingers getting ahead of my brain.
14th-Feb-2011 12:23 am (UTC)
LOL!!! I didn't even realise what you had said before till I read this. Rashmi, stop talking dirty with me on a public entry. Kuch sharam varm hai ke nahin!
14th-Feb-2011 05:03 am (UTC)
KYA KAROON, mein besharam hoon. :P
14th-Feb-2011 05:09 am (UTC)
LOL this is random but I only read Kya Karoon first and now the Wake Up Sid song is stuck in my head... another song that makes me feel simply wonderful!

Kya karoon soye soye se
Koi armaan hai jaage
Kya karoon khoyi khoyi si
Kahin raahon mein meri zindagi

Edited at 2011-02-14 05:09 am (UTC)
14th-Feb-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh yep, I definitely thought of that while posting it too. I LOVE Kya Karoon also; the entire Wake Up Sid soundtrack is beautiful. I feel like most people only really ever paid attention to Iktara (deserving though it was; Iktara is a BEAUTIFUL song), even though WUS has soooo many other great songs. Aaj Kal Zindagi always makes me feel on top of the world. :) Kya Karoon gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. And I'm also really in love with the songs that didn't make it on to the soundtrack.
14th-Feb-2011 05:17 am (UTC)
Heh I knew it couldn't be a coincidence! Yeah I agree, I love Iktara but so many other gems in WUS too... IIRC there were a couple of English songs. I never worked out whether they were originals or not...?
14th-Feb-2011 05:21 am (UTC)
They were, I believe! I'm just remembering So Close from WUS, and as far as I've read, it is original - and only that much of the song was composed, so it's not like I can download it elsewhere. :(
14th-Feb-2011 12:25 am (UTC)
By the by, this is the link I tried to give you on your blog. I created a syndicated feed for your blog for LJers like me who want to be notified of your posts through LJ.
14th-Feb-2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh, you are LOVELY, thank you!!! I couldn't do that because I no longer have a paid LJ account (mine expired in January, and I keep itching to renew it, but at the same time I no longer use my LJ as much as I used to - so I feel it's not justified). Will share this link on my LJ and during my next Fulltime Filmi post :D

BY THE WAY, YOUR ICON, SO MUCH LOVE SO SO SO MUCH LOVE. I was a huuuuuuuge Nancy Drew fan.
14th-Feb-2011 05:15 am (UTC)
No worries! Yeah my LJ paid account expires soon as well so I've been furiously trying to get around to syndicating blogs I might wanna keep track of. Let me know if you want anything else as a feed, will be happy to oblige.

ME TOOOOOOOO Rashmi! I loved all the mystery books from Famous Five and other Enid Blyton ones to Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew...
14th-Feb-2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Awww thanks hon! I was the same, it was so wonderful to reminisce while writing up this post and going through yours. I hope other people decide to talk about their favourites too, it'd be really interesting to see more lists.

The Kareeb songs are beautiful and make my heart happy.
MINE TOO. The whole movie made my heart happy. askdbksfhdfkjh need to talk about it at length at some point.

I had completely forgotten about Saawan Barse, ahhhh, lovely song.
I wanna watch the movie now just for that song. Even though I vaguely recall it having a bad ending. Or maybe that was some other Akshay movie. Or maybe it was not even an Akshay movie. My memory is terrible. But anyway Saawan Barse is one of my favourite rain songs...(ahem another list for...a rainy day? ;D)

his 90s movies were FANTASTIC - Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Hum Saath Saat Hai, Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam, etc etc.... I really want that Salman back. I guess I just want Rajshri/Sooraj Barjatya Salman back? :D
I would die metaphorically if Sooraj Barjatya decided to make a movie with Salman where he plays a mature lead who is a business tycoon and comes to this small town where his new factory is opening. He somehow ends up entangled in the heroine's family who he meets because her father is a senior in one of the small workplaces that his factory will be making way for. Yep, that was very specific. Did I mention I'm weird already?

Okay, "Chod Aayein Hum Woh Galiyan" - there's definitely a movie where the male guy says that line, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is. Do you remember? It's bugging me now, so much.
That's so vague XD I haven't a clue... did the hero say it? Was it in a comic context/a parody? Darn I hate those moments too thought...where you feel you know something but can't quite see past the hazy fog.

I just went and saw the post you meant. I have come across that blog before though because the blogger was one of the few ones who had the great taste to actually enjoy Veer like I did. Instant brownie points for them there hehe.

Wow making a list of favourite Gulzar songs sounds LOVELY. I would very much like to join you though it might be next week for me.

I think I'm gonna wait for this Dil Titli Sa feeling to come unbidden once again and make the rest of the list then. I love being taken by surprise by songs and when I do I usually only squee in my head. Knowing I still have a post to complete on the topic will help as an outlet for those feelings. So yeah who knows when the rest of this list comes lol, a month, two, a year...but come back it shall :D

Heh why not jee. Who's rokoing you from Playlist: Part 2. I shall be all ears for one. Heh Fulltime Filmi gaanon ke bagair would be so adhoora though.

Edited at 2011-02-14 01:05 am (UTC)
14th-Feb-2011 05:08 am (UTC)

Chod Aayein Hum Woh Galiyaan: I just got it!! Like while I was reading your comment, I didn't get it, but just as I was about to tell you it was a hero, it came to me immediately. Funnily enough, it's from a movie I actually did mention in my comment! Saif Ali Khan said it in Hum Saath Saath Hai; I think it was when he was in the gao and someone mentioned cell phones etc etc and he said it then. Not entirely sure, but I think it was something along those lines.

Yes, Gulzar! Would be next week for me too. :)

Whenever it does come, I will look forward to it--hopefully it will take me by surprise also :)
14th-Feb-2011 05:12 am (UTC)
OMG HOW could I forget. That was HILARIOUS. Saif in general was such a crack up in HSSH. Man I love that movie so much.

Cool! This is gonna be such fun.
14th-Feb-2011 05:16 am (UTC)
That's what I thought - how could I forget! It was on the tip of my tongue all along, but I just couldn't get it. It came to me suddenly though, so yay, it would have bugged the hell out of me.

I love HSSH soooo much too - Saif was brilliant.
14th-Feb-2011 05:19 am (UTC)
Now I feel like watching HSSH - LOL at the scene where Saif and Karishma are lost in each other's eyes and Salman etc find them, they remove the chairs and Saif & Karishma still remain in that position XD

My favourite parts were ofcourse Prem-Preeti ones. Especially in the first half, that huge cottonball of shyness that Prem was...hayye marjawan!.
15th-Feb-2011 11:28 am (UTC)
I love your song choices! So many memories!
I might do my own 90s song post now this weekend :D
16th-Feb-2011 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

Looking forward to your list :D
1st-Mar-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh Sonali Bendre! How I used to love her! She was also my brother's favourite actress and one of the very few things that we both loved. I still remember him having her picture on a postcard thing stuck on his mirror and he would look at her every morning while getting ready haha. And also I remembering watching this song from Dahek and wondering how they would look in the film, given that Sonali is so tall and Akshaye is...not too tall. :P I've never seen the movie, so the question still remains.

After the Barsaat post, I again will be talking about that day in December when my friends and I were playing Antakshari. Seriously, we sang for 5-6 hours that day non-stop with every possible #90s song that we could remember.
(1) Deewana Main Chala ahhhh! All the songs in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya are so good (I particularly adore Teri Jawani Badi Mast Mast), but Deewana Main Chala is my favourite. I sang it during Antakshari and my friends were like "We knew you were gonna find a way to sing that song eh." And one of my top 5 Salman Khan songs in terms of picturisation and mannerism and everything. He's so cute in it! And huh...my friends and I have always sung it as 'Gesuon ke tale...' and now that I've checked it on some lyrics website, it's indeed 'kesuon ke tale'. Oh well
SPB's voice + Salman Khan = OTP
(2) Mujhe Raat Din! Loved that song when it came out and I'd sing it the whole day. My friends and I sang Pehli Pehli Baar Baliye and then the following conversation happened:
Anisha: "There's another song in Sangharsh. What is it? I can't remember."
Me: "Oh yes. That beautiful song. There's Aman Verma in it. He's on the phone singing. Oh crap, what's the song?"
Yeshma: "Oh God, how on earth can we forget that song? What's happened to us? What's the matter with our memories?"
Me: "Crap. Do I go upstairs and Google it?"
Yeshma: "No way. We need to remember this song without cheating!"
And then after like 15 minutes, Anisha finally remembered Mujhe Raat Din. And we all screamed haha.
3) While Deewana Main Chala brings this huge grin on my face whenever I sing it or hear it somewhere and Mujhe Raat Din makes me sigh and go hayye, when I listen to Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyaan...it's like someone's taking my heart in his/her hands and squeezing it. The music and the voices are breathtaking and like you said, the lyrics are sheer poetry. Oh my heart.

Sorry for the very late comment. Things have been hectic and just..weird. I will get to do the Dil Titli Sa meme one of these days.
2nd-Mar-2011 08:11 am (UTC)
Same in this family! We adore Sonali to bits. She is so lovely...and even these days she hasn't lost a whit of her spark and charm when you spot her in photos of events. I don't know why she never did many movies :(

heeee that story about your brother is hilarious! I can just picture it... in fact it sounds so filmi I am picturing him as a hero in a film...something like Amir with his Juhi deewanagi in AAA XD

That never occurred to me about the heights! So true... I must watch this movie eventually to investigate.

Seriously, we sang for 5-6 hours that day non-stop with every possible #90s song that we could remember.
Sounds epic! Where were you guys sitting?

I have a memory like that too. I was young and studying in India at the time so it isn't completely crystal clear but we were definitely at school but for some reason in a classroom that was empty. It was not just recess time cause we spent more than just 30 minutes. I think we were involved in some function or activity preparation that meant that we didn't need to attend classes. Our school used to have a fair few of those. Anyway I think it was girls vs boys and so we all sort of made a clearing and had two tables facing each other. I don't know why I remember stuff like this and not the actual songs lol. What a vague memory at that.

1. Seriously all its songs were good indeed. I love that you love it too. Ya I was asking my parents on the phone about ghesuon/kesuon but they weren't sure either. By the way while you've got me in nostalgia mode, here's a PKtDK memory I have. At school there was a rota such that every morning one class would be in charge of the "assembly". This assembly would have things like Thought of the Day, News (some hindi and some english headlines), along with some little skit or entertainment kind of thing. Well for one of them we decided to make parodies of popular songs of the time and while I don't remember much else I distinctly recall we did a parody on Tum Pe Hum Hain Atke Yaara where we changed the lyrics to something like "History pe hum hain atke yaara, geography bhi maare jhatkee hoooo, rehna Manisha Maa'm se bachke!" ...or something XD

We were very Bolly obsessed back then. I remember when KNPH released and every girl was fida over Hrithik we did a play where I was kind of like Shivanagi from MKTA - superobsessed with Hrithik to the point that every morning I'd get up and go to my mandir...only there was a Hrithik photo there instead and I'd be going all "om Hrithikaye namah...". So then one day Hrithik turns up at my doorstep! Hrithik was played by this friend called Rahul, which always amused me for some reason...I also recall having a brother in the play. But for the life of me I can't remember what the story was dash it! It has some moral though about how one should pay attention to studies...which err is quite relevant I suppose because these days I am paying more attention to Bobby than my research ^^;

err I am so sorry! It's like I'm only telling you half stories lol and there's no actual point to these comments. I wish I had a better memory or that I was into writing diaries back then. *sigh*

2. Oh I am so proud of you all for figuring it out without Google! :D

3. it's like someone's taking my heart in his/her hands and squeezing it.
I know what you mean. There's just no words for the sheer beauty that is that song.

No worries hon. It came at just the right time believe it or not. I wasn't feeling too flash today and replying to all your comments has been such perfect distraction, you have no idea ♥ And I look forward to songs that make your Dil Titli Sa!
3rd-Mar-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
We were in the lab, just putting things back in place before going for the holidays. Anisha was washing the apparatus, Yeshma was cleaning the equipments and I was cleaning/wiping the table surfaces. Various random people (students, technicians, the cleaning staff, lecturers) would keep coming in to hear us sing and/or suggest songs we could sing and going away. At one point, our supervisor came in stealthily and he said, "You girls sing? :O What else don't I know about you?" haha
4th-Mar-2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Ha I love that, lab antakshari FTW. And people coming in to tell you what to sing is even better! I'm always gonna remember this story heh
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