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शीर्ष एल्बम - Top Albums


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स्वानंद किरकिरे, सईद क़ादरी, नीलेश मिश्रा, आशीष पंडित
Swanand Kirkire, Sayeed Quadri, Neelesh Misra, Ashish Pandit
राम संपत
Ram Sampath
जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar
गैंग्स ऑफ वासेपुर
Gangs of Wasseypur
स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar
वरूण ग्रोवर, पियूष मिश्रा
Varun Grover, Piyush Mishra
इंगलिश विंगलिश
English Vinglish
अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi
स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire
गैंग्स ऑफ वासेपुर - 2
Gangs of Wasseypur - 2
स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar
वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

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शीर्ष गीत - Top Songs

गानों को अंक केवल श्रेष्ठता के लिए दिए गए हैं. यानी एक आम गाने को 0 अंक ही मिलेंगे. अगर वह औसत से बेहतर है तभी उसे कोई अंक मिलेगा. अधिकतम अंक 5.
The ratings/scores are on a positive-only scale. This means that an average or ok song gets a zero and the ratings go up from there. Maximum 5 marks.

संगीतकार, गीतकार, गायक
Music Director, Lyricist, Singer(s)
अंक (/5)
ज्यूरी की राय
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फिर ले आया दिल (रेखा)  (बर्फ़ी)
phir le aayaa dil (rekhaa) (Barfi)

Tags: compulsive, romance, bonding, ghazalish, melodic, romantic, reflective, longing, sad, melancholic, semi-classical, almost a ghazal


सईद क़ादरी
Sayeed Quadri

रेखा भारद्वाज
Rekha Bhardwaj

Extraordinary song, exceptional singing, well written! -Naresh

Better than the reprise version. Rekha Bhardwaj's soft and flowing vocals making it a comple to listen to. -Nishant

A lovely listening experience all around. -Shalini

Better singing than the male version. -Ashok

I suspect that Rekha Bhardwaj is actually talented and would love to hear what she sounds like when fully awake. -Armeen

Love even more than the male version. -Neha

ये एक ऐसा गीत है जो धीरे धीरे आपके दिल में जगह बनाता है. -Vikas

No words. -Vinayakam

Like its male counterpart, all aspects of this song are top notch. Rekha's voice and expression further enhances the yearning in the song. -Ramanand

She's a pro. -Harshit

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फिर ले आया दिल (अरिजित)  (बर्फ़ी)
phir le aayaa dil (arijit) (Barfi)

Tags: compulsive, romance, bonding, ghazalish, melodic, romantic, reflective, longing, sad, melancholic, semi-classical, almost a ghazal


सईद क़ादरी
Sayeed Quadri

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

Pritam should experiment a little more of this tempo and the Tabla. One of the 'musalsal' songs of the year. -Nishant

Love! -Neha

The lyrics offend my sensibilities somewhat. Phrases like “dil kah raha use muyassar kar bhi aao” are little more than meaningless word-play. Still, the music and singing more than make up for any shortcomings in the lyrics. Both the male version and the female version are excellent, but I vastly prefer the male version. -UVR

Very expressive, amazing voice for a young singer! (Why Shafaqat Amanat's version is not there is a surprise). -Naresh

OK orchestration and lyrics, but poor singing. -Ashok

Finally! A song from Barfi that doesn't make me grit my teeth. I wish Pritam had scaled back on orchestration and stuck with just a few instruments, but that's just a quibble. Love the composition and the leisurely rendition. -Shalini

Lovely song, very well written, composed, arranged and sung. The track draws you into its spell early on and never lets go. -Ramanand

कुछ गीत कई मर्तबा किसी ख़ास शख्स की पहचान बन जाते हैं. अरिजीत की पहचान बनकर बर्फी फिल्म का ये ग़ज़लनुमां गीत, तबले, शेहनाई और western instruments का उम्दा तालमेल है. कुल मिलाकर कमाल का गीत. -Vikas

ये एक ऐसा गीत है जो धीरे धीरे आपके मन में जगह बनाता है। शब्दों को मन की तहों तक पहुँचाने का काम रेखा व अरिजीत बखूबी करते हैं। -Manish

No words, Pritam has excelled himself. -Vinayakam

Sounds better than the female version. -Aditya

An extra point for Pritam for surprising us. It uses a classical template and there's no twist. The vocals carry the song through with the strings accompanying. The lyrics are one of the best of the year and the song gives you hope about music in Hindi films -Subrat

The singing is impactful. The fact that the young singer is being nominated along with Rekha Bharadwaj for the same song's version is worth a notice. -Harshit

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बोलो ना  (चिट्टागॉंग)
bolo naa (Chittagong)

Tags: classical, motivational, soul-searching, blissful, ecclectic, search, semi-classical, raag flavour, soothing, romantic, soft, soulful, evocative


प्रसून जोशी
Prasoon Joshi

शंकर महादेवन
Shankar Mahadevan

Mindboggling vocals by Shankar Mahadevan; the simple, evocative tune helps in bringing it out well. -Karthik

Well sung. Actually, all parts work well together. -Ashok

Sarod adds a definitive character to this song. Great surprise from SEL -Aditya

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy ne ek hi maara par solid maara. Gets my brownie points for the use of Sarod and Prasoon Joshi's "Shabd bikharane waale" lyrics. -Nishant

Shankar Mahadevan delivers a stunner - tune and singing both are top grade. -Naresh

I hadn't heard of this song and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it. Shankar's singing is restrained and the sarod complements the vocal very well. -Subrat

Uninspiring tune and for the most part Shankar Mahadevan sounds like he feels the same way. -Armeen

Bageshri for Bageshri's sake :-) – that's the best description I can come up with for this song. Still, the tune is good and the orchestration pretty nice. The singing is somewhat gratuitous; Shankar should make an effort NOT to sing his own songs. But then the lyrics are very nice, with their vivid imagery (“sannaTo.n kii choTii khee.ncho”), and inspite of the awkward (wrong) pronunciations (“*itar* ki shiishii”?), I liked it enough to give it a 4. -UVR

सरोद(?), तानपुरे से शुरू होता ये गीत अगले ही पल वेस्टर्न इंस्ट्रूमेंट के साथ कदमताल करता है. काफी लंबे समय बाद शंकर महादेवन अपने पुराने अंदाज़ में दीखते है. गीत कुछ कुछ कर्नाटक शैली का भी सुनाई देता है. -Vikas

Old world charm. Apt to the movie. -Vinayakam

I appreciate the relatively uncluttered instrumentation and the classical-based melody but I wish SEL had gotten someone other than Shankar Mahadevan to sing it. -Shalini

One genre that SEL's music and Shankar Mahadevan's singing always work is the semiclassical one. Bolo Na is another proof. -Vipin

An almost perfect song with excellent music, lyrics and singing. Though it doesn't get any five as there is nothing too exceptional either. -Harshit

Great composition, brilliant singing! -Renu

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आशियाँ (युगल)  (बर्फ़ी)
aashiyaa.N (yugal) (Barfi)

Tags: peppy, satisfying, mood-swinger, zindagi, minimalistic, bonding, romantic, feeling blue, soft number, happy, whimsical, joi de vivre, dreaming, childlike, upbeat, lively, retro, feel good, light romantic, cute


स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

श्रेया घोषाल, निखिल पॉल जॉर्ज
Shreya Ghoshal, Nikhil Paul George

Some what reminiscent of tunes from the 70s, which is when the film is supposed to be set (for no apparent reason, based on the synopsis) - but the orchestration and voices don't match the period and take away from what could have been a song worth something. -Armeen

A track outlining the simple pleasures and aptly underscored by the music. -Nishant

Pritam scores and how! The accordion led opening is superb. The rhythm is supported by flute. Shreya is dripping honey and Nikhil Paul George despite mangling the Hindi language badly and with an untrained voice hold your attention. -Subrat

Brilliant music and singing, in sync with the film's overall theme. -Karthik

The song has too many bits and pieces of other songs, to be given enough credit of its own. -Renu

I liked this song very much. It embodies a childlike simplicity and innocence that I found very endearing. -UVR

Nice tune. The female singer sings better. -Ashok

बचपने सी मासूमियत सा ये गीत आपको बहा जाता है. गीत में एक वेस्टर्न रंग की मौजूदगी सुनने में अच्छी महसूस होती है. -Vikas

Words like 'itti si hansi, itti si khushi' help establish the innocence that is asked for. Shreya's singing helps the same cause. -Harshit

प्रीतम, श्रेया और स्वानंद की तिकड़ी मन में नई आशा का संचार सा करती है। मन धनात्मक उर्जा से बढ़ उठता है इस गीत को सुनकर। -Manish

Transports you to a different world. -Vinayakam

Annoyingly chirpy. -Shalini

Lovely on all fronts. -Vipin

Fantastic song, fits very well within the film! -Aditya

Good use of the accordion; the song tends to become a little cloying at times. -Ramanand

Nicely tuned, well written, and adequately sung. -Naresh

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इक बगल में चाँद होगा  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर)
ik bagal me.n chaa.Nd hogaa (Gangs of Wasseypur)

Tags: lullaby, hope, philosophical, theatrical, hopeful, lullaby, angst, aggressive, thoughtful, soft, retro, defiant, recitative, dejection, pathos, positive, carefree, folk

पियूष मिश्रा
Piyush Mishra

पियूष मिश्रा
Piyush Mishra

पियूष मिश्रा
Piyush Mishra

Interesting lyrics, decent tune, but the singing didn't impress me much at all. This song has “cult favorite” written all over it. 40 years from now, people will be trading its digitized copies on online forums. -UVR

The defiance in the poetry finds strong expression in Piyush Mishra's voice and in the strident arrangements. The song lends great depth to the album. -Ramanand

Mishraji is a talented man - he gets the idiom of the film, the slightest sense of hope in a blighted setup and he renders it with sensitivity. -Subrat

Piyush Mishra blending all his theater experience in the singing and the lyrics to pack quite a 'punch' even in a lullaby. It has been a while since a lullaby sounded so philosophical and full of hope not losing the present in sight. -Nishant

Piyush Mishra's show all the way! -Karthik

Unusual works here. -Ashok

Piyush Mishra has created a stunner. -Naresh

He's become a genre. To me, all his songs have some similarity. Still he manages to keep things different. Through arrangements and lyrics. In this song, it's the lyrics that make the best part of the song. -Harshit

सितार और बाँसुरी को सुनकर एक पल को किसी पुराने गीत का भरम होता है पर अचान चुनौती भरे स्वर फूटते हैं. पियूष मिश्रा के विश्वास और चुनौती भरे ये स्वर गीत को जिंदा रखते हैं. -Vikas

Evocative singing by Piyush Mishra and simple lyrics too. -Vinayakam

Very interesting! I don't know if I actually like the song, but it's certainly memorable and arresting. -Shalini

Good lyrics. -Aditya

Interesting… but why the caricaturish singing? -Armeen

Piyush Mishra strikes again. The flute, sitar and violins all do their bit to put his voice and the lyrics centrestage and we have ourselves a treat! Is this Kalavati? -Renu

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पाणी दा रंग (आयुष्मान)  (विकी डोनर)
paaNii daa ra.ng (aayuShman) (Vicky Donor)

Tags: punjabi, soulful, earworm, strum-favorite, bonding, indi-pop, peppy, catchy, sad, romantic, intimate, melancholic, soul, folk, easy listen, light romantic, folk-fusion

आयुष्मान खुराना, रोचक कोहली
Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli

आयुष्मान खुराना, रोचक कोहली
Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli

आयुष्मान खुराना
Ayushmann Khurrana

A song that charms you with its simplicity. -Vipin

Good first attempt by Ayushman. -Aditya

A nice unassuming melody that comes together in all departments. -Ramanand

Scintillaring! -Naresh

The 2nd best song of 2012 - earthy, simple and immensely hummable -Karthik

Lovely! Everything works for the song. -Neha

Tender voice, sweet lyrics and lovely orchestration makes this work awesomely! -Renu

This song would have been helped tremendously if the singer had just taken a few vocal lessons. -Armeen

Good enough song, but I can't related to Panjabi-mixed Hindi. -Ashok

आयुष्मान का ये पहला गाना होगा सुनकर ऐसा नहीं लगा. पंजाबी बोल और गिटार का मेल इस गीत में पूरी तरह छाये रहते हैं. -Vikas

The genius of the year, Ayushman Khurana. -Vinayakam

Again with the Punjabi lyrics…sigh. -Shalini

Acoustic strumming + adequate singing + touchy lyrics make a nice blend for a debutant to really strike a chord! -Nishant

The singing is a bit flawed but that's what works for the song. You relate more to the song because of it. It's a simple quiet composition and Ayushmann, the singer, carries it well especially in enunciating the words. -Subrat

With one person composing, writing, singing, the song gets a balance here and hence the balanced ratings. -Harshit

I have no idea why this song became so popular. Not that it's bad or anything, but SO MUCH PRESS?! -UVR

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क्यों न हम तुम  (बर्फ़ी)
kyo.n na ham tum (Barfi)

Tags: exploratory, road-trip-song, experimental, bonding, romantic, intoxicating, club beats, happy, whimsical, thematic, philosophical, childlike, curious, wistful, evocative, retro, feel good, light romantic, ballad


नीलेश मिश्रा
Neelesh Misra

पापोन, सुनिधि चौहान
Papon, Sunidhi Chauhan

One of Pritam's best ever songs, well written lines and a brilliant vocal effort. -Vipin

Undescribable. -Vinayakam

Pleasant but not overly sweet. -Shalini

Lyrics stand out in this soothing composition. -Aditya

A fresh crisp voice (Papon) lending the song most of its soul. Could have been better without Sunidhi Chauhan's piece. -Nishant

There's an old world feel to the song. Pritam is again top notch in his instrumentation. The singing is passable. -Subrat

Package song. The light mood the music has, is reflected equally in the lyrics and the singing as well. The second half's lyrics are especially noticeable. -Harshit

पापोन की आवाज़ दिल पर जादू सा असर करती है। नीलेश मिश्रा हमें रोज़ की जद्दोज़हद से दूर ऐसी दुनिया में ले जाता है जहाँ प्रेम और आस पास की प्रकृति एक दूसरे में आत्मसात हो गए लगते हैं। -Manish

After some time all barfi songs sounds the same. :( -Neha

पापोन और सुनिधि की नशीली आवाज़,1-2 1-2 बीट्स इसे गुनगुनाने लायक बनाती है. और ये भ्रम भी तोड़ती है कि रौकबैंड से आया शख्स अच्छा गाना नहीं गा सकता. -Vikas

I want to know what drug or drink Pritam was on when he composed the music for Barfi! – he's gone far beyond all my expectations for sure. This song has grown on me with every listen. It helps, of course, to have good lyrics. -UVR

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तोरे बिना  (कहानी)
tore binaa (Kahaani)

Tags: mope-y, shikayat, earworm, desi-pop, mausam, sad romantic, soft rock, sad, romantic, missing the beloved, contemplative, separation, classical, soulful, yearning, fusion, classical meets rock


अन्विता दत्त
Anvita Dutt

सुखविंदर सिंह
Sukhwinder Singh

Great rendition by Sukhwinder - passionate yet controlled. -Shalini

Sukhvinder hits the mark with this one. -Naresh

Stellar singing by Sukhwinder and the acoustic guitars! Enough to make it work! -Renu

A piece that stands out from the rest of the album. Brilliantly adding rock to Sukhwinder's energy-singing. -Nishant

An above average composition complemented by the competent vocals of Sukhi. -Subrat

Good composition, but why so cluttered? And serioulsy I am getting sick of these ring tone type schizophrenic musical arrangements. -Armeen

Orchestration nearly killed it! -Ashok

लम्बे समय के बाद सुखविंदर को सुनने को मिला. एक हवा के झोंके की तरह अपना असर छोड़ जाती है ये आवाज़. -Vikas

Love! -Neha

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परेशाँ  (इशकज़ादे)
pareshaa.N (Ishaqzaade)

Tags: fusion, fantasy, realization of love, indi-pop, romantic, love, passion, soft, over-sweet, anthemic, melodic, bollywood rock, ballad

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

शालमली खोलगड़े
Shalmali Kholgade

This is the song of the year for me. The female voice (Shalmali K) who I heard for the first time on this album is fantastic. Just the way she picks up the tempo from the start and builds it up to the song hook Pareshaan is worth everything any other female singer has sung during the year. AT is at his inventive best esp the harmonium interludes -Subrat

In my mind, the best song of 2012; a wonderful blend of vocals, lyrics and music in perfect concoction! -Karthik

One of the best debuts in recent times from a singer, complimented by a brilliant arrangement from Amit Trivedi and some lovely lines by Kausar Munir. -Vipin

Love the way the songs gradually builds up to the refrain of "main pareshaam'. Harmonium works well in the orchestration. -Aditya

Average lyrics and singing but top-class composing. Take a bow Amit Trivedi. -Nishant

Not very often that you find female-voiced rock songs in Hindi film music. -Renu

गीत एक ख़ास तरह का सुरूर लिए है. एक अच्छी कम्पोजिशन ... मानो 'धीमी आंच' सा सुलगता हुआ. जिसमे हारमोनियम के साथ साथ वेस्टर्न इंस्ट्रुमेंट्स का बेहद सुलझे हुए अंदाज़ में इस्तेमाल हुआ है. -Vikas

Amazingly Fresh voice. -Vinayakam

Rock meets rural romance in this guitar-backed song that stands out in its presentation. The singing is spectacular, alternating between the quieter portions and the heavy, rock segments. -Ramanand

Well made and Shalmali traverses this song competently. -Naresh

Music is impactful. Use of Harmonium is exemplary, very effective. Singing is novel, impactful, and the voice well used. -Harshit

Mannered singing and the intrusive chorus of pareshaa.N didn't work for me. -Ashok

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ओ सैयाँ  (अग्निपथ)
o saiyaa.N (Agneepath)

Tags: serious, dard-bhara, pathos, bonding, philosophical, romantic, soft, soothing, sad, hopeful, despondent, ballad, soul, classical, melancholy, classic bollywood, motivational


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

रूप कुमार राठौड़
Roop Kumar Rathod

Soulful! -Naresh

Best song in the soundtrack. Minimalistic arrangements are the highlight. -Aditya

Not a simple composition but ordinary singing. -Nishant

Ajay Atul are spare through most of this song and then up the ante at the climax. It is a song that is arranged beautifully. Roop Kumar Rathod sings it with the right degree of pathos. -Subrat

itna chillana kyun! music again overdone and cluttery and noisy. the melody is good and could have worked, but for the arrangement. -Neha

Appreciate a modern but discernably Indian tune - nothing spectacular though. -Armeen

Satisfactory song. Lyrics takes some risks. -Ashok

'खुशबू तेरी छू के कस्तूरी हो जाऊँ.. कितनी फीकी थी मैं सिंदूरी हो जाऊँ' - वाह अमिताभ वाह! प्रणय के मधुर मिलन को समर्पित इस गीत में अमिताभ के बोल गीत के मूड को श्रोताओं तक बखूबी पहुँचाने की ताकत रखते हैं। -Manish

The composition is a tad too ornate with all the sweeping notes but Rathod's rendition is commanding. -Shalini

Another beautiful song sung by Roopkumar Rathod, keeping with his tradition of singing quality songs. -Vipin

Marking it 4.5 despite the fact I love abhi mujh mein kahin much more. I guess that's the tough part of this. Deciding things above your favorites. Love all the elements of this song. Lovely Tabla and marvelous lyrics. Complete package. -Harshit

The singing, lyrics and music all come together making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. -Renu

वाद्य संयोजन की बेहतरीन मिसाल अजय अतुल का ये गीत. गीत को सुनने पर मालूम होता है कि गीत पुरुष के बदले औरत के जज़्बात को उकेरता है, लेकिन रूप कुमार फिर भी इसमें न्याय करते नज़र आये. तबले की वो 'ख़ास आवाज़' पंचम के एक गीत की याद दिलाती है. -Vikas

Roop Kumar Rathod does a great job with the tune. -UVR

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जिया लागे न  (तलाश)
jiyaa laage na (Talaash)

Tags: electro-funk, fusion, realization of love, classical-pop, fastbeats, dhinchak song, romantic, melancholic, fusion, fusion semi-classical, sad, reflection of inner turmoil, mystery, romance, rustic, thumari, folkish, semi-classical, fusion, mild rock, classical meets rock, classical-fusion, virah

राम संपत
Ram Sampath

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

सोना महापात्रा, रविंद्र उपाध्याय
Sona Mohapatra, Ravindra Upadhyay

Fab singing by Sona Mohapatra and excellent music by Ram Sampath as well -Karthik

Tugs at heart! -Naresh

Outright raag Khamaaj - what's going on?! Btw, is the crazy westernized beat mandatory for every song these days? Do they not give the censor board certificate without it? Frankly this could have been better fusionized. -Armeen

The lyrics were too Javed Akhtar-y. Hardly a surprise considering they were written by Javed Akhtar. -UVR

Ravindra Upadhyay की आवाज़ में कहीं कहीं सुखविंदर सिंह का आभास होता है . -Vikas

Brilliant fusion of drums & bass genre with Indian classical. And the ever-reliable Sona Mohapatra doing the rendition alongside an equally super Ravindra Upadhyay. -Vipin

सोना महापात्र की आवाज़ का मैं हमेशा से शैदाई रहा हूँ खासकर वैसे गीतों में जिनमें एक तरह का ठहराव है, जिनके बोल आपसे कुछ कहना चाहते हैं। जावेद अख़्तर का लिखा तलाश का ये गीत ऐसा ही एक गीत है जिसके प्रभाव से जल्दी उबर पाना मुश्किल है। -Manish

One of the year's best. Ram Sampath rocks. -Vinayakam

Although it has it's moments (like the Tabla bols) this attempt at fusion music never really comes together. -Shalini

beautiful composition. the tone is sad, but the arrangement adds a sense of urgency and uncertainty, in sync with the situation. -Aditya

Both voices work very well with each other and have the advantage of not being run-of-the-mill. The tempo of the beats works as a nice counterpoint to the opening of the song. -Ramanand

Unique in the sense of the genre but lacking a punch both in the lyrics and the vocals. -Nishant

I like the song especially the semi classical touch in the arrangement. The singing is competent too -Subrat

Liked the tune, but found the orchestration unsuitable. -Ashok

The debutant singer Ravindra Udadhyay is impactful, though he sounds a lot like Sukhwinder Singh only. -Harshit

Somehow I dont like Sona's voice...sounds nasal...Rekha bharadwaj would have sounded so much better. Ravindra sounds so much better relatively! -Neha

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मूरा  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर - 2)
muuraa (Gangs of Wasseypur - 2)

Tags: chutney, easy listening, mood-changer, calypso-ish, earworm, folk, funny, peppy, fun, inspirational, situational, optimistic, quirky, philosophical, new- age, pop-rock, calypso soft, foot tapping, faux reggae, feel good, local, raw music, calypso, ballad

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

स्नेहा खानवलकर, रॉबी स्टाइल्स
Sneha Khanwalkar, Robbie Styles

Loved the way the English words are woven into the song; it never feels too gimmicky. The gentle guitar plucking adds to the emotion of the song and the singing is kept very simple, making this is a very unconventional Hindi film song. -Ramanand

It is the arrangement and the lyrics that rule in this fun track. Sneha's singing may not be perfect, but works totally for this one. -Vipin

This is the Song of the year for me along with the Barfi title song. So inspirational. -Vinayakam

The Calypso sound, the mandolin and the utterly cute Hinglish lyrics make this song work! -Renu

Very catchy. -Ashok

कौन सोच सकता था कि नरवसाना और फ्रस्टियाना भी किसी फिल्मी गीत के लिंगो का हिस्सा बनेगा। स्क्रिप्ट के हिसाब से संगीत और शब्दों में जो कल्पनाशीलता स्नेहा व वरुण लाते हैं वो निश्चय ही सराहने योग्य है। -Manish

Funny and uplifting in it's own sly way. -Shalini

Like most songs in this film, I wouldn’t want to hear it outside of the film, no matter how unusual the song might be. -Aditya

Songva ka jawab dhundiyaye nahi milega! Vocabulary changing catchy number. -Nishant

Catchy energetic composition. -Subrat

एक तरह का 'प्रयोगात्मक' गीत'. अटपटे लेकिन मज़ेदार बोल. -Vikas

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अभी मुझमें कहीं  (अग्निपथ)
abhii mujhame.n kahii.n (Agneepath)

Tags: upbeat, motivational, moodchanger, zindagi, hopeful, pensive, romantic, thoughtful, soft, sad, philosophical, reflective, dejection, contemplative, slow, romantic, inspirational, classic bollywood, introspective


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

सोनू निगम
Sonu Nigam

A lovely tune and a beautiful song, this. Ajay-Atul live up to their reputation as excellent tunesmiths. Sonu Niigaam (or however he's spelling his name these days) really needs to turn down the over-emote knob. Fortunately, he's somewhat ok here, but I've heard recordings of him singing this song live, and those are seriously better than the official film soundtrack. -UVR

Good to hear Sonu again but the song is nothing special. -Shalini

Good tune and for the most part logical orchestration (especially given the present company)… wish Sonu would not be so tempted to over emote. -Armeen

संतूर और सोनू, गीत की जान हैं. गीत के अंतरे मुखड़े में आते बदलाव और सोनू की गायकी गीत से जोड़े रखती है! वाद्य संयोजन भी कमाल. अजय अतुल ने याद रखने वाला काम किया है. -Vikas

pungii and this has the same lyricist. Nice to see the different shades of Amitabh Bhattacharya. -Renu

Sonu should sing more. -Neha

अमिताभ के दिल छूते शब्द, सोनू की शानदार गायिकी और अजय अतुल के मन मोहने वाले इंटरल्यूड्स इस गीत को इस साल के मेरे प्रियतम गीतों की श्रेणी में ला खड़ा करते हैं। गीत में समाहित दर्द की अनुभूति आपको एकदम से द्रवित कर देती है। -Manish

Nicely composed by Ajay-Atul and the lyrics definitely take the song to a new level. Sonu Nigam's singing is nothing new considering his standards. -Nishant

Lovely tune, soothing composition. Sonu is also sufficiently retrained, although he jars a bit in the higher notes -Aditya

Vibrato in Sonu's voice continues to irritate ! Nicely tuned by Ajay- Atul -Naresh

This is a good composition marred by a style of signing that has gotten repetitive. One can almost see Sonu Nigam overacting while singing it -Subrat

Sonu has been the king of soulful melodies, and he delivers this too perfectly. Add to that Ajay Atul's brilliant use of orchestral arrangement which has been their forte. -Vipin

I marked 4.5 on singing, but I guess I can't expect singing to be better than this in the song. So it's a Five! As for music, I have heard such music before, but it's rare these days and the extremity it wants to touch in chhoo loon zara deserves something more. -Harshit

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पिया तू काहे रूठा रे  (कहानी)
piyaa tuu kaahe ruuThaa re (Kahaani)

Tags: semi-classical, fusion, search, pop-classical, fastbeats, sad romantic, soft rock, sad, angry, fusion thumri, ruuthna-manaanaa, separation, dramatic tension, classical, soulful, melancholic, not too mild rock, classical meets rock, classical-fusion, virah


संदीप श्रीवास्तव
Sandeep Shrivastava

जावेद बशीर
Javed Bashir

Liked the fusion elements - lead guitar and drums with manjiras and tabla, rock like feel to a thumri. -Aditya

Interestingly layered over religious percussion elements. -Ramanand

A promising song gone wrong with over orchestration...so much noise at times. -Neha

The song worked wonderfully in the context of the film: the vocals convey the intensity perfectly. -UVR

Vishal-Shekhar adding the Pentagram touch to a semi-classical composition to belt out a richly orchestrated number -Nishant

Intense and a bit over the top - probably for effect (thankfully not unnecessarily long)! -Armeen

Angsty fusion of Indian classical and Rock - what's not to like? :-) -Shalini

A wonderful song excepting fusion of techno-beats could perhps were not needed. -Naresh

Javed Bashir is wonderful here merging his mastery in classical form with the Vishal Shekhar's upbeat composition. -Subrat

Javed Bashir's power, all the way. And Vishal Shekhar have done well with their rock fusion-based arrangement. -Vipin

The touch of traditional instruments, like Manjeera, in Rock, is worth an appreciation. -Harshit

Guitar riffs, tabla and the sounds of the manjira! And that voice! -- Ufff! Magic! -Renu

Ghastly orchestration. -Ashok

अंतरे मुखड़े में होते बदलावों और बदलती धुन से गीत में ताज़गी बनी रहती है. -Vikas

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पिया बिन ... धाक धूक  (इंगलिश विंगलिश)
piyaa bin ... dhaak dhuuk (English Vinglish)

Tags: expressive, earworm, keherva, bonding, philosophical, folkish, soothing, romantic, soft, melanchonic, homesick, anxious, contemplative, thoughtful, bangla folk, separation, folkish, light romantic

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

What's with all these 'westernized' singing. Are the singers these days doing us a favour by singing in Hindi? Composition-wise, it is interesting. -Aditya

A pleasant surprise to hear this Bengali folk-style song; nice but conventional composition and arrangements. Could it have benefited from an even more accomplished singer? -Ramanand

Classic example of a composer singing his own composition and giving it a special touch. The flute and the beat need a special mention too. -Nishant

बंगला लोक धुन से मिलता जुलता गीत अपने prelude से ही असर करने लगता है. interlude भी खूबसूरत हैं. गायकी कमाल. -Vikas

प्यारा मुलायम सा गीत पर पता नहीं ऐसा क्यूँ लगता है कि अगर अमित ये गीत स्वानंद से गवाते तो परिणाम और बेहतर होता. -Manish

For once, a “strangely” inflected voice gets full points from me. This was the perfect sound for this song. -UVR

Amit Trivedi's best. -Vinayakam

Amit Trivedi catches the anxiety of the character well, fits well in movie too and sounds great otherwise -Naresh

AT, the singer, to the fore and he doesn't disappoint -Subrat

Lovely! Complete song! -Neha

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गुस्ताख़ दिल  (इंगलिश विंगलिश)
gustaaKh dil (English Vinglish)

Tags: mystic, heartfelt, repentance, indi-pop, band song, thoughtful, soft, melodic, contemplataive, sad, reflective, contemplative, soft, pensive, anthemic, easy listen, bollywood rock, introspective, ballad

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

शिल्पा राव
Shilpa Rao

From bagpipes to french horns, from shehnai to cello, this man has done it all and not just done but done in a way that pleases the ears. Well done Amit Trivedi. -Nishant

Lovely lyrics and brilliantly sung by Shilpa Rao. -Karthik

A decent song marred by anglicized singing. -Aditya

Beautiful lyrics wrapped around a rock number gives us a winner. -Renu

Quite well sung. -Ashok

Soothing. -Vinayakam

She starts of just fine with “*g*ustaaKh dil” and then for some completely unfathomable reason moves on to saying “*Gh*ustaaKh dil”! Bzzt – MINUS TWO points, yeh lo! This one blemish on the otherwise spotless landscape of this song makes me want to get up and strangle Shilpa for the silly accent and Amit Trivedi for not making her go back and redo it. -UVR

Sigh…even sad, musing songs sound peppy nowadays. -Shalini

Enjoyed the measured guitar riffs in this song, which elevated it to a very listenable number -Ramanand

Sawanad Kirkire's words get a good support from Shilpa Rao and Amit Trivedi, Overall very good song. -Naresh

This is clearly a genre that AT gets. And, he has Shilpa Rao for vocals. Not many things can go wrong for there on. And, they don't. -Subrat

Shilpa Rao and Amit Trivedi coming together to create a magic akin to what Amit did in Lehrein. -Vipin

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महक भी  (अइया)
mahak bhii (Aiyyaa)

Tags: soft rock, easy listening, waltzy, bonding, soft, soothing, whimsical, romantic, sensual, imaginative, light classical, melodic, light romantic, lullaby, romance, dream sequence

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

Almost missed this terrific "signature-filled" song thanks(!) to it being eclipsed by the terrible and terribly famous item number from this film? The representative of each department leaves his or her indelible stamp of brilliance on it: the tune and orchestration is quintessentially Amit Trivedi, the lyrics unmistakably Amitabh Bhattacharya, and the voice ... ah the voice! The use of the nadaswaram sound in the orchestration is just perfect for the character singing the song. -UVR

Brilliant use of Shehnai in a waltzy composition. -Nishant

Nice orchestration. Refresingly free of "big sound". -Ashok

गीत में सुनने लायक श्रेया की आवाज़ और कम ज़्यादा होती शहनाई. एक मिनट के prelude के बाद गीत बजता है, और महक जाता है . -Vikas

In an otherwise waccky album, this was a sweet song sung beautifully by Shreya. -Vipin

The prelude is a lot like Dev Chanda Themes from Amit's own Dev.D. -Harshit

Easy on the ears, usage of shehnai (?) is unique. -Aditya

मन एकदम से शांत और निर्मल हो जाता है मुखड़े के पहले की धुन सुनकर ही और उस पर श्रेया की शहद में डूबी आवाज़ हौले हौले यूँ सहलाती है कि बस आनंदम ही आनंदम. -Manish

Brilliantly done. Old world charm. -Vinayakam

Love the pacing of the song, Shreya's light yet assured singing and the orchestration -Shalini

Do we need any more of these? -Armeen

Arrangement is wonderful, and Shreya delivers a virtuoso performance. -Naresh

There's nothing to recommend this song. Shreya is predictably and boringly saccharine sweet. The santoor does perk you up a bit. But, barely -Subrat

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आला बर्फ़ी (मोहित)  (बर्फ़ी)
aalaa barfii (mohit) (Barfi)

Tags: title-song, happy-go-lucky, earworm, narrative, masti, fun, khurafati, introduction, whimsical, biographical, comic, introductory song, old world, peppy, happy, cute


स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

मोहित चौहान
Mohit Chauhan

The song is an aural delight with a medley of sounds, voices that Pritam has arranged really well. Mohit Chauhan isn't nasal and seems to be having fun. It is an item number without an item -Subrat

The zany vibe seems forced and I wish someone more animated than Mohit had sung this -Shalini

I guess they are trying to do something different (not that this hasn't been done before), but unfortunately it's just not working for me. -Armeen

The song tells a story, reaches its objective in that way, and keeps things interesting and fun. All that goes in favor of lyrics. The music isn't exceptional, but again, it helps the song reach its objective, which is not really to bring one to trance. It's to make you enjoy the song, and that's fulfilled. -Harshit

To create music that fits into the milieu of this film, Pritam steps outside his comfort zone, but still delivers. -Renu

स्वानंद को इस गीत के ज़रिये फिल्म की शुरुआत में ही बर्फी का चरित्र बयाँ कर देना था। हम अक्सर किसी गूँगे बहरे के बारे में सोचते हैं तो दया की भावना उपजती है। पर इस गीत में बर्फी के चरित्र को इतने खुशनुमा तरीके से गढ़ा गया कि बर्फी के बारे में सोचकर उसका हँसता मुस्कुराता ज़िदादिल चेहरा उभरेगा ना कि करुणा के कोई भाव। -Manish

Brilliant song. Swanand sang it better IMHO - more open voice. Imaginative lyrics. -Vinayakam

Very good composition, the accordion sets an apt backdrop -Aditya

बोल अटपटे ज़रूर है पर मोहित उनमे जमते हैं. एक खुराफ़ाती किस्म का गीत. अकोर्डियन का अच्छा प्रयोग, परदे पर फिल्म की ज़रूरत के हिसाब से जचता है. -Vikas

One of Pritam's better compositions and Swanand's expressive lyrics voice if for the mute 'Barfi'. Swanand's alternate version sounds much more natural. -Nishant

Catchy phrases make the song interesting ! -Naresh

Catchy and cute! -Neha

This is the kind of song that works very well as it accompanies the visuals on screen, but is just average/above average by itself. -UVR

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हीर  (जब तक है जान)
hiir (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Tags: ballad, love-song, easy listening, soulful, bonding, folk, sufi rang, romance, sad, lament, romantic, sufi, punjabi, melancholy, traditional

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


हर्षदीप कौर
Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep delivers a stunner all the way. -Naresh

The singing is sincere and Harshdeep Kaur is made for such songs. Again, an average track by ARR standards. -Subrat

Harshdeep Kaur has never yet failed with a sufi-flavored song. Here too she does it with flair. ARR and Gulzar, though off-colour for most part of this album, showed some of their prowess here. -Vipin

Adequate song. -Ashok

Gulzar-ARR chemistry blended nicely in a smooth Punjabi number. -Nishant

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झल्ला वल्ला  (इशकज़ादे)
jhallaa wallaa (Ishaqzaade)

Tags: qawwali-fusion, hinglish, lilting, masti, celebratory, qawwali, youthful, punjabi rang, fun, mujra, modern mujra, funny, folksy, modern qawwali, energetic, folk, peppy, item song, dance

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

श्रेया घोषाल
Shreya Ghoshal

As the song starts, it feels like Shreya is trying too hard to show that she can also do the “premi 75” type mujra song, but her voice is too sweet for that kind of a thing. But by the time the song ends, she gets into her comfort zone, and boy does she sound good. -UVR

Exceptional singing! Shreya seems to have a discovered a whole new voice! -Renu

I guess I like Shreya Ghoshal when she doesn't try to sound pure and sweet - a well executed mujara showcases her strengths much better (let's leave the art of 'unaffected simplicity' to the old masters - "nanhi kali sone chali" may never happen again). -Armeen

Shreya's singing makes the song all the fun that it is. Not that it reduces the background things, but she's exceptionally good here. -Harshit

The arrangement is good and AT again tweaks the folk template with his improvisation. Shreya surprises with a song that is unusual from her regular fare. -Subrat

Veers too much into the flippant territory for my taste but Shreya sounds like she's having a ball. -Shalini

Despite some cheesy lyrics, the song is appealing for its insouciance. The usage of traditional instruments is also appealing -Aditya

Though technically good, I found the execution of this concept a little 'phony' – Shreya's rendition was not able to get rid of its urban taste. -Ramanand

Shreya Ghoshal rendering almost-a-qawwali just brilliantly. -Nishant

Shreya Ghoshal proving that even fast wacky numbers are not beyond her reach. -Vipin

Doesn't jell for me. -Ashok

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दिल ये आवाज़ दे  (आलाप)
dil ye aawaaz de (Aalaap)

Tags: social, aman ki asha, motivational, energetic, inspirational, world, inspirational rock, reflective, contemplative, philosophical, love ballad, easy listen, rock fusion, classical meets rock, devotional


पंछी जालोनवी
Panchhi Jalonvi

के मोहन, मीरा शेनोय
K Mohan, Meera Shenoy

गीत के बोल काफी अपीलिंग हैं, खुद में जूनून लिए. फ्यूजन और वेस्टर्न बीट्स की मौजूदगी इसमें एक तरह सांसे भरने का काम करती हैं. -Vikas

K.Mohan & Agnee had a good break this year. K.Mohan's vocals and the lyrics make it worth listening to again. -Nishant

The female singer's unnecessary anglicized approach aside, the song proved to be a pleasant surprise. -Armeen

Agnee's debut didn't disappoint. Aalaap was interesting album and this song stood out especially for its singers. Mohan was reliable but Meera Shenoy (Who? Where?) softly caressed the lyrics and raised the song a couple of notches. -Subrat

Kitchen-sink approach to composing. -Ashok

The perfect concert song; liked it a lot. -Shalini

First time hear. Did not work for me at all. -Aditya

One of the lesser known songs of the year, the depth in the song is a nice surprise. Good singing. -Ramanand

Sub-par singing by female singer. Music dominates the lyrics, but surprisingly still not too bad. -Naresh

An interesting mix of classical, rock and a cappella. The female vocalist could have been better but the male vocalist is very good. -Renu

Music added too much noise and clutter! -Neha

I had never heard this song, and it came as an utter surprise to me! The music and vocals are superb. The contrast between the kid voice and the “rivarimba” chorus at the beginning and end of the song is delicious. The 'honesty' (I can't describe it any other way) in the male lead's singing is exceptional. The lyrics are nothing outstanding, but do not fall short of the demands of the song in the least. Overall a brilliant song. -UVR

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मुस्कानें झूठी हैं  (तलाश)
muskaane.n jhuuThii hai.n (Talaash)

Tags: jazzy, blues, noire, search, indi-pop, intoxicating, thoughtful, jazz, club song, philosophical, mystery, western, soft, melodious, retro, club, cabaret, swing, nightclub

राम संपत
Ram Sampath

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

सुमन श्रीधर
Suman Sridhar

The mysterious song with the singer hinting at things beyond the known – this isn't a genre that we hear often in HFM these days. The depth in Suman Sridhar's almost-raspy voice provides a great canvas for the music and the lyrics. -Ramanand

I can't get past the lazy vocals (even if they are trying to recreate the James Bond theme). -Armeen

Ram Sampath is bit of a master of the retro, isn't he? Sumar Shirdhar is perfect for giving that 60s night club feel to the song. -Subrat

Interesting song. MD's handling of percussion is again problematic. -Ashok

Needed a little more modulation and the sensuous feel to elevate the composition to another level. -Nishant

बड़ा मादक और शातिराना किस्म का गीत. -Vikas

Hauntingly Seductive. -Vinayakam

Lyrics are the highlight of the song. -Aditya

Soulful. -Naresh

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ले चलो  (टुटिया दिल)
le chalo (Tutiya Dil)

Tags: friendship, pop, bonding, philosophical, motivational, romantic, inspirational, idealistic, soft, easy listen, light romantic, ballad

गुलराज सिंह
Gulraj Singh

मनोज यादव
Manoj Yadav

मीनल जैन सिंह, जसविंदर सिंह
Meenal Jain Singh, Jaswinder Singh

Nice! -Aditya

I actually loved the song. Meenal's voice is delightful! didnt think when I used to hear in the competitions. Very nice song! -Neha

Good in parts, competent singing and forgettable in the long run. -Subrat

Wonderfully sung by Meenal Jain and Jaswinder Singh; pleasant music by Gulraj Singh. -Karthik

Refreshing to hear vocals that weren't drowned in effects. -Armeen

Liked the singing by female singer. -Ashok

Works on some levels but at the same time lets down on some others. -Nishant

कुछ फिल्मो के आने जाने का शायद पता ना चलता हो पर कई दफा उनका संगीत या कुछ एक गीत काफी दिलचस्प होते हैं. इस गीत में वही बात है. एक बहा देने वाला गीत. तालियों का अच्छा इस्तेमाल. एक अच्छी धुन. -Vikas

Twos across the board to encourage Gulraj Singh! -UVR

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लव शव ते  (लव शव ते चिकन खुराना)
lav shav te (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana)

Tags: love song, nok-jhonk, punjabi, desi, punjabi tadka, peppy, fun, folk, punjabi folk, romantic, ethnic, pop folk, ruuthna-manaanaa, traditional conversation, cute

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi


शाहिद माल्या, हर्षदीप कौर
Shahid Mallya, Harshdeep Kaur

An honest to God Indian tune and unpretentious at that - quite a feat in this day and age! -Armeen

Alright song. -Ashok

Come on, how can you not like this song? -UVR

Very simple and soothing composition -Vinayakam

Like the usage of traditional instruments like dholak, flute, etc. -Aditya

Earworm. -Naresh

A good composition though not as inventive as the usual AT. I hear Shhahid Mallya again after Mausam and he's good. Should be heard more. -Subrat

The lyrics of the song and the simplicity of arrangements are well accentuated by the simple and natural singing. -Harshit

Preserving and presenting the Punjabi flavor in a way that soothes and pleases the ear. Amit Trivedi definitely showing a lot of thought in this compositions. -Nishant

गीत कहीं कही बॉबी और वीर ज़ारा के गीतों की याद दिलाता है. -Vikas

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जो भेजी थी दुआ  (शंघाई)
jo bhejii thii duaa (Shanghai)

Tags: prayer, dard-bhara, soulful, hopeful, sufi-pop, pathos, thoughtful, sad, devotional, philosophical, nostalgia, sufi, meditative, emotional, semi-classical, melancholic, mild rock



नंदिनी श्रीकर, अरिजित सिंह, शेखर रावजियानी
Nandini Srikar, Arijit Singh, Shekhar Ravjiani

Outstanding singing by Nandini and Arijit is the highlight of this song, while the arrangement and lyrics play their supporting role very well. -Vipin

गीत के लिए सिर्फ एक शब्द - कमाल. इस गीत की सबसे अच्छी बात इसकी गायकी है. -Vikas

नंदिनी और तोची रैना की आवाज़ कुमार के बोलों के साथ सीधे दिल में चुभती है। -Manish

Yet another nondescript Vishal Shekhar song. -Aditya

A different composition going by Vishal-Shekhar standards but not compelling enough. -Nishant

I am fan of Nandini Srikar and Vishal Shekhar know how to use her. Beautifully rendered. -Subrat

Lyrics are ok. Tries big sound but doesn't come off; both the tune and the singing are inadequate for that. -Ashok

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मैँ हूँ गुम-सुम ... जी ले ज़रा  (तलाश)
mai.N huu.N gum-sum ... jii le zaraa (Talaash)

Tags: hip-pop, easy listening, hopeful, indi-pop, motivational, thoughtful, melancholic, fusion, nostalgia, sad, philosophical, inspirational, loss, lament, sadness, soft, soulful, moody, mild rock, motivational

राम संपत
Ram Sampath

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

विशाल दादलानी
Vishal Dadlani

The song has a haunting feel that grows on you after each hearing. -Aditya

The voice adds a lot of spunk to an otherwise non-imaginitive orchestration. -Nishant

Vishal's vocals make a huge difference. -Karthik

Quite good. Orchestration again an issue. -Ashok

अच्छी धुन लेकिन हल्के बोल. -Vikas

Heart achingly sung. -Vinayakam

The composition suggests a sense of alienation and solitude that is relevant for the film. Vishal, the singer, is good. -Subrat

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ओ वुमनिया (लाइव)  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर)
o wumaniyaa (live) (Gangs of Wasseypur)

Tags: folk, chutney, catchy, earworm, fun-filled, funny, fun, wedding, rustic, naughty, cautionary, dance, romance, teasing, folkish, new-age, anthemic, traditional

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

खुशबू राज, रेखा झा
Khusboo Raaj, Rekha Jha

Great work in making non-professional singers shine. -Karthik

Has an authentic folk feel that's generallly missing from so-called folk songs. -Ashok

बिहार की बसों से सफ़र करते हुए रात के अँधेरों में इस प्रकृति के गीत पहले भी सुने हैं। स्नेहा की तारीफ़ इस बात में है कि वो उस माहौल को फिल्मों तक खींच लाई हैं। -Manish

I liked the all-female singers and the beat, but not much else. -Shalini

Quite addictive; unpolished singing adds to the charm. -Aditya

Very quirky lyrics, and enjoyable singing. -Ramanand

Never before has folk been experimented at such brilliant levels. The vocals, the lyrics and the presentation are all in the superlative. -Nishant

Start promisingly but fails to deliver in the end. Choice of non-professional 'singers' gives it a unique character. -Naresh

The hook is more catchy and stays longer. In any case both Wumaniyaa and Kah Ke Loonga have trancended the songs to become part of Indian internet argot. -Subrat

Again, 0.1 gets added simply for the novelty of the song. -Harshit

This is folk reinvention at its best. But good that the lyrics take a bit of research to be understood. -Vinayakam

I think I'm one of the few(?) who weren't impressed by this soundtrack. -UVR

एक तीखी सी आवाज़ जो फुलझड़ी की तरह पूरे गाने में मौजूद रहती है. -Vikas

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तार बिजली  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर - 2)
taar bijalii (Gangs of Wasseypur - 2)

Tags: folk, chhed-chhaad, wedding, fun, black humor, satirical, mocking, rustic, teasing, folksy, social, persona, upbeat, lively, traditional

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

शारदा सिन्हा
Sharda Sinha

Only truly rustic sounding song in the film. The tune is a very common folk tune, but it is always nice to hear. -Aditya

अहा ! लोकगीतों का माधुर्य ही अलग है. शारदा सिन्हा बिहार की जानी मानी लोकगायिका हैं। उनके गाए छठ के गीत से शायद ही बिहार का कोई मानुस अपरिचित होगा। स्नेहा खानवलकर की खासियत ये है वे अपनी फिल्मों में कहानी की पृष्ठभूमि के हिसाब से गीतों में आंचलिक गायकों और वहाँ की ध्वनियों को स्थान देती हैं।

From chutney to folk, from first timers to Padmashrees, from wedding songs to dark, caustic sompositions, real-life meeting reel-life at its very best. Getting a Padmashree folk singer to sing for you ----> Priceless! -Nishant

गीत की सबसे कमजोर बात इसकी रिकॉर्डिंग क्वालिटी लगती है. कहीं कहीं काफी कमज़ोर सा साउंड लिए, नहीं तो शारदा सिन्हा की गायकी और गले के हिसाब से जमता हुआ गीत. -Vikas

Introducing the best of folk in a jazzed up avatar. Kudos! -Vinayakam

Maybe it is because I can't get the picturization of this song from my head - this is a song that stays with you. The lyrics are apposite and the singing which sounds casual is actually right for the situation. -Subrat

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साँवली सी रात  (बर्फ़ी)
saa.Nwalii sii raat (Barfi)

Tags: lullaby, romantic, easy listening, waltzy, sweet, soft, night song, over-sweet, light classical, light romantic, ballad


स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

अरिजित सिंह
Arijit Singh

When was the last time Pritam went this soft and easy? Swanand's 'aadha-pauna' lyrics make it a little more special. -Nishant

Please wake up! -Armeen

The singer doesn't have the skill to pull off the whspering kind of sining. -Ashok

I suppose there had to be at least one song in the film that got on my nerves: the singing does that here. There was no need for trying so hard. -UVR

बर्फी के बाकी गीतों से थोड़ा हटकर एक हलकी कैफियत और रुमानियत लिए है ये गीत. निखिल से आने वाले दिनों में उम्मीद बढती है. -Vikas

One song that wouldn't be here without this touching singing. The music is kept very simple, and lyrics are lovely, but without the singing, they wouldn't do. -Harshit

कितना प्यारा शब्द जाल बुना है इस रूमानियत भरे गीत में स्वानंद ने. साँवली सी रात में ख़ामोशी का साथ हो, न कहे, बिन सुने बात हो तेरी मेरी...नींद जब हो लापता, उदासियाँ जरा हटा, ख्वाबों की रजाई में, रात हो तेरी मेरी -- अरिजीत ने भी उतनी ही मुलायमियत से गीत को निभाया है। हाँ रजाई को उनका राजाई कहना एक जगह खटकता जरूर है। प्रीतम का संगीत गीत के साथ साथ सुकून देता हुआ बहता है। -Manish

Nice, mellow number. I'm impressed by this Arijit Singh. -Shalini

Just about OK. -Aditya

Extraordinary lyrics by Swanand Kirkire - the only saving grace of this song. -Naresh

The only average track in the album -Subrat

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लूणी हँसी  (लव शव ते चिकन खुराना)
luuNii ha.Nsii (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana)

Tags: light, earworm, bonding, pop, naughty, punjabi tadka, romance, funny, romantic, flattery, bhangra, techno, rustic, folkish, folk

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi


हर्षदीप कौर
Harshdeep Kaur

Incredible vocals by Harshdeep -Karthik

Delicious song…literally. :-) -Shalini

Harshdeep is a discovery. -Naresh

Interesting and comes off well. Singing is fine and so are the lyrics. -Ashok

What to say, Amit Trivedi's pet genre. He lives up to it. -Vinayakam

AT is inventive though he has dallied with different folk tunes through the year. Harshdeep Kaur is dependable as ever for this genre. -Subrat

Harshdeep Kaur becoming a regular in singing these songs with a punjabi base. Her voice and rendering make them sound even sweeter. -Nishant

Amit Trivedi is also getting a bit predictable now? -UVR

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लाख दुनिया कहे  (तलाश)
laakh duniyaa kahe (Talaash)

Tags: prayer, faith, belief, conviction, romantic, sad, virah, yaad, melancholic, grieving, remembering, thematic, longing, lament, soft, mild rock, ballad

राम संपत
Ram Sampath

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

राम संपत, निशा मैस्करहैनस
Ram Sampath, Nisha Mascarenhas

Perhaps it's because I can relate to the loss the song refers to, but this sure brought a lumpt to the throat. The portions where the music dies down are particularly effective at conveying grief and a sense of disbelief. -Shalini

A song where the sum is greater than the parts. Ram Sampath takes a jingle-like tune and makes it sound like a real, full-fledged song! -UVR

Again, lyrics fit the film's plot very well. -Aditya

Well written lyrics and in the league of "Tu aashiqui hai" from "Jhankaar Beats". -Nishant

गीत के बोल काफी खूबसूरत और छूने वाले हैं. गीत कब खत्म हुआ इसका आपको इल्म नहीं रहता और आप इसे दोबारा सुनना पसंद करते हैं. -Vikas

Average track. -Subrat

The arrangements are simple yet wonderful. Chorus is well used. -Harshit

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काला रे  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर - 2)
kaalaa re (Gangs of Wasseypur - 2)

Tags: dark, gothic, funk, easy listening, band song, club song, beats, hinglish song , satire, sad, ironical, black humor, situational, persona, catchphrase, foot- tapping, moody, dark/mild romantic, folk fusion

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

Superbly sung; sets the mood really well. -Karthik

Utterly stupid experimentation. -Armeen

There is sense of approaching menace to this composition. SK doesn't quite do justice as a singer though. -Subrat

Cool and moody. -Shalini

Catchphrase is well utilised, nothing much to report otherwise. -Naresh

स्नेहा ने नई तरह के गैर पारंपरिक वाद्यों के साथ जो प्रयोग किया है उसकी जितनी सराहना की जाए कम है। कोयले के शहर धनबाद की कालिमा को व्यंग्यात्मक लहजे में उभारता है ये नग्मा। -Manish

Experimental in terms of instruments, but not the kind of song I would like to hear outside the film. -Aditya

Giving dark songs a new dimension. Equally 'dark' in orchestration. -Nishant

The darkness this song talks about, in such simple yet submitting words is rare. The simplicity of the music, lyrics, and singing, is the life of the song. -Harshit

It's hard for me to decide what I love more. Sneha's voice or the eerie sound of the bass guitar and cello. -Renu

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इक ओर ... इशक़ज़ादे  (इशकज़ादे)
ik or ... ishaqazaade (Ishaqzaade)

Tags: pop, love song, indi-pop, soulful, romantic, soft rock, youthful, thematic, love ballad, melodic, mild rock

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

जावेद अली, श्रेया घोषाल, रूपेश उभरे
Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal, Rupesh Ubhare

This, in my opinion, is the best male vocals I have heard in the year. Javed Ali is perfect. -Subrat

One more forgettable tune. -Armeen

Goes for "big sound". -Ashok

The orchestration of Amit Trivedi and Javed Ali's vocals making the tipping over to the very good side. -Nishant

Despite not too great lyrics, the song takes off on the music and singing. -Harshit

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मोटरवाळा  (लव शव ते चिकन खुराना)
moTarawaaLaa (Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana)

Tags: hip-hop, rap, haryanavi, folk-pop, folk, fun, dubstep, funny, techno folk, social commentary, comic, situational, quirky, personality, peppy, foot-tapping, dance, comic mild rock

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi


तोषी रैना, अमित त्रिवेदी
Tochi Raina, Amit Trivedi

Highly inventive music -Karthik

Musicwise, this is just a total rehash of “o pardesi” from Dev D, but the lyrics are riotously funny! -UVR

Extremely quirky song that sees some brilliantly imaginative arrangement and wacky lyrics. -Vipin

Kooky lil number that grows on you. Amit Trivedi upto his mischief again. -Renu

Interesting, but that's all. -Ashok

ठेठ-लठ हरियाणवी अंदाज़ में एक 'दिलचस्प' गीत जिसे कुछ वक्त के लिए आप बर्दाश्त कर सकते हैं. -Vikas

Amit Trivedi rocks this genre. -Vinayakam

Enough with the quirky lyrics in a regional lanuage! -Shalini

Funny lyrics, but appears too situational to enjoy in isolation. -Aditya

A catchy hip-hop punjabi beat based composition again something that is unique and experimental as far as Amit Trivedi is concerned. -Nishant

A rumbuctious composition with various influences rolled into one Punju song. Give this to me over an overused Sufi track anyday. -Subrat

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मैं क्या करूँ  (बर्फ़ी)
mai.n kyaa karuu.N (Barfi)

Tags: expressive, first-love-song, strummable, indi-pop, fun, peppy, masti, romantic, happy, whimsical, reflective, romance, philosophical, retro, light romantic, blues, ballad


आशीष पंडित
Ashish Pandit

निखिल पॉल जॉर्ज
Nikhil Paul George

It is not an inventive tune but Pritam does minor things through that makes it catchy. The voice annoyed me the first time I heard it but I must say it grows on you (annoyingy with all its rough edges). It sounds like a scratch song. But I will give an extra half point to Pritam just for his uncanny vocal casting ability. -Subrat

I know I'll be in the minority for saying this, but I just don't like his voice. Why is he trying to be another Atif Aslam? One is bad enough. -Renu

The same careless singing that seems to be the trend again this year… ugh! -Armeen

Different voice...like! -Neha

Utterly boring. -Ashok

Nikhil Paul George की आवाज़ काफी ताज़गी लिए है, गीत जिस अंदाज़ की मांग करता है निखिल उसमें खरे उतरते हैं. -Vikas

Interesting (though just above average) singing. The music is once again the best part of the song. -UVR

One of the average tracks from the album but some really expressive lyrics -Nishant

Brilliant -Vinayakam

Main kya karun? Chhup karo! -Shalini

Imperfect singing, but works well in the context of the film. -Aditya

The singer does a nice job of expressing the helplessness of love; a nice rock-and-roll-ish song. -Ramanand

New voice is well tapped. The restrictions in music/singing reflect the lyrics well. -Harshit

Ordinary. -Naresh

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नवराई माझी  (इंगलिश विंगलिश)
navaraaii maajhii (English Vinglish)

Tags: marathi folk, wedding song, masti, folk-pop, folkish, marathi tadka, energetic, folk, fusion, wedding, traditional, celebratory, joyful, dance, fun, marathi, folk-fusion

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

सुनिधि चौहान, स्वानंद किरकिरे, नैटली डी लुच्चिओ, नीलांबरी किरकिरे
Sunidhi Chauhan, Swanand Kirkire, Natalie Di Luccio, Neelambari Kirkire

The song works for me. -Ashok

Falls short of a full fledged folk song or a full fledged dance song but still catchy enough to get attention. -Naresh

Amit Trivedi is quite at ease here with his improvisations on a Marathi folk tune. -Subrat

Uncomplicated, fun song; folksy done right. -Shalini

Would have preferred a more rustic take, but in the context of the film, the westernized take works fine. -Aditya

Wonderful wedding song that owes as much to its singers as to its composer. Captures the festive spirit of Indian weddings in a non-ostentatious (read non-filmy) manner. -Ramanand

अमित त्रिवेदी के इंटरल्यूड्स बस कमाल हैं, झूमने पर मजबूर करते हुए. -Manish

Kirkire breathing a different life in this adaption of a wedding song from Marathi folk. -Nishant

Ratings have been given more on the arrangements and additions to the traditional song. My belief is that it's based on a traditional Marathi song. Would like to know if that's not true. -Harshit

एक अच्छी फिल्म का एक अच्छा संगीतमय गाना, मैंडोलिन का ज़बरदस्त इस्तेमाल, अंतरे में पंजाबी ढोल की लोक धुन और फिर मराठी रंग में एक बार फिर रंगता हुआ. खूबसूरत माहौल बनाता गीत. -Vikas

I guess I'm supposed to like this song because of the interesting singer credits, but sorry, it didn't impress me much at all. -UVR

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तुम्हीं हो बन्धु  (कॉकटेल)
tumhii.n ho bandhu (Cocktail)

Tags: pacy, peppy, friendship, bonding, sufi-pop, dhinchak number, dance, dosti, happy, romantic, companionship, fun, reconstructed bhajan, electronica/funk, sufi-techno


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

नीरज श्रीधर, कविता सेठ
Neeraj Shridhar, Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth trying out a genre which is not generally considered her forte was refreshing, but otherwise the song was very Pritam in its sound. -Vipin

Extremely addictive. Here a 0.25 is extra for the unusual but wonderful choice of singer, added in 'music' [music director's decision]. The lyrics get the high rating for the complete submission that is reflected in the song. -Harshit

Catchy, some unusual lyrics, but the uniform rhythm gets boring after a while. -Aditya

Neeraj Sridhar makes his appearance in this Pritam soundtrack but the only plus of the song is the pace at which it is set. -Nishant

Highly enthusiastic song. -Karthik

What nonsense?! -Armeen

Catchy, especially the chorus. -Ashok

गीत की शुरुआत सुनते हुए शोभा मुद्गल के अली मोरे अंगना की बरबस याद आती है , एक अजीब से बोलों का कॉम्बिनेशन. थिरकन ज़्यादा, मेलोडी गायब. -Vikas

स्कूल के दिनों में सबसे ज्यादा जो प्रार्थना दोहरायी है वो थी त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव, त्वमेव बंधु च सखा त्वमेव। अब क्या जानते थे कि इतने दशकों बाद इस प्रार्थना की दूसरी पंक्ति को एक डान्स नम्बर की तरह गुनगुनाएँगे। वैसे वेक अप सिड के इकतारा के बाद नीरज श्रीधर के साथ कविता सेठ की गायिकी इस रूप में भी सामने आएगी ये किसने सोचा था? -Manish

Points for the clever subversion of the devotional "tumhin ho bandhu sakha tumhin ho". -Shalini

I wasn't completely taken with the mukhaDaa's mashing of the prayer. -Ramanand

Addresses the target audience of school/ college/ party going crowd eminently well. -Naresh

Apart from reconstructing a mujra, Pritam gave us this reconstructed bhajan as well. Again, Pritam's ability to choose the right voice elevates this song as Kavita Seth hits the high notes in the antaraa. The tune is familiar and addictive. Irshad Kamil who reserves his best for Pritam deserves a word of praise for the whole album. -Subrat

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कह के लूँगा  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर)
kah ke luu.Ngaa (Gangs of Wasseypur)

Tags: revenge, spiteful, caustic, celebratory, vulgar, toxicating, fun, funk, threatening, taunting, violent, challenge, innuendo, doom, vengeance, menace, catchy, double-meaning, anthemic, mild rock, techno

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

पियूष मिश्रा
Piyush Mishra

अमित त्रिवेदी, स्नेहा खानवलकर
Amit Trivedi, Sneha Khanwalkar

Rather disturbing number which I guess was the desired effect. -Shalini

The song was obviously written to grab attention. For that reason, it failed to hold mine. -UVR

'Bicchhoo se honth kata ke, lori zehreeli ga ke' .. A deliciously vicious, daring and experimental number. Trivedi and Khanwalkar's singing and Mishra's writing -- simply brilliant! -Renu

Crass! -Aditya

From the get go, the song drips with portents of doom. Brilliant arrangements by Sneha Khanwalkar; the way Amit Trivedi joins in the singing is inspired. The lyrics top off this superb song that epitomises the film's bloodsoaked theme. -Ramanand

It's been a while since revenge sounded this caustic yet not explicit. Sneha Khanwalkar and Amit Trivedi aim for the best duet of the year for sure. -Nishant

Why? -Armeen

Catchy , but that is about all. -Naresh

SK doesn't pay a premium on hummability - that necessary quality for mass acceptance in India. It is the loss of masses. This is an accomplished song in terms of its sounds and arrangements. To get it though you have to get past the insanely non-hummable lines of Mishraji. -Subrat

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इंग्लिश विंग्लिश (शिल्पा)  (इंगलिश विंगलिश)
i.nglish vi.nglish (shilpaa) (English Vinglish)

Tags: hinglish, upbeat, feel-good, indi-pop, beats, fusion, happy, situational, thematic, celtic, wordplay, optimistic, peppy, lively, anthemic, bollywood rock, fun

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

स्वानंद किरकिरे
Swanand Kirkire

शिल्पा राव
Shilpa Rao

Though the reduplication of 'english-vinglish' and other similar words can get a little monotonous towards the end of the song, this is a nice, peppy song that conveys new found zest with a Celtic melody married to a pop framework. -Ramanand

There's a warmth to this song that perhaps has to do with the Hinglish lyrics. Peppy, upbeat and makes you smile. -Renu

Makes you sit up and take notice, Sawanand Kirkire does a great job -Naresh

Very average. -Aditya

Cute lyrics, cute singing and nothing else. AT sounds more like Pritam here -Subrat

Definitely a feather in Amit Trivedi's cap. The title song setting up the tone of the film. -Nishant

2012 was definitely Amit Trivedi's year. His star has risen like anything. -UVR

Peppy! -Armeen

Given the name of the film, English mixing is perhaps to be expected! -Ashok

फिल्म की स्क्रिप्ट के हिसाब से ये गीत जमता है. गीत में बीट्स होने के साथ साथ कही कहीं ये 'पी.टी' सॉंग सा महसूस होता है. वॉयलिन का अच्छा इस्तेमाल. कुल जमा अच्छा गीत -Vikas

The lyrics and singing are good, but Amit Trivedi's arrangements make the most difference. -Harshit

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दरमियाँ (शफ़क़त)  (जोड़ी ब्रेकर्स)
dar_miyaa.N (shafaqat) (Jodi Breakers)

Tags: soulful, breakup, blues, hinglish, romantic, soft, soothing, sad, wistful, sentimental, reflective, contemplative, classical, sufi-eque


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

शफ़कत अमानत अली, क्लिंटन सेरेजो
Shafqat Amanat Ali, Clinton Cerejo

Stupid English comes in. -Ashok

Not the most creative song (and somehow we just can't do without scattering a few English words) - but still an endearing tune, in large part due to Shafqat Amanat Ali. -Armeen

Not my cup of tea. Average composition. I think there is case to be made for a blanket ban on similar sounding songs -Subrat

The English lyrics are beyond cheesy and bring the song down. -Shalini

गीत सुनने पर आखिर में यकायक ये ख्याल आता है कि धुन कहीं पहले भी सुनी है. थोड़ा सा ज़ोर डाले तो 'अजब प्रेम की ग़ज़ब कहानी' के तू जाने ना गीत की महक साफ़ महसूस की जा सकती है. -Vikas

Decent song, but what was the need for those English lines in between! -Aditya

Salim-Sulaiman seem to have copied some parts from popular Hindi songs here. -Harshit

Sung with some heart and has a repeat-factor attached to it. -Nishant

This is a song made for Shafqat, and he does full justice for it. I would have preferred it didn't have Clinton Cerejo's English crooning in the middle of it. I love Clinton's voice. It's the English I can't get myself to like. -UVR

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जिया हो बिहार के लाला  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर)
jiyaa ho bihaar ke laalaa (Gangs of Wasseypur)

Tags: folk-ish, extolling, jashn, celebratory, folk, bihar tadka, folkish, fun, intro, boastful, song in praise, rustic, biographical, carefree, peppy , modern folk, bihari

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover

मनोज तिवारी
Manoj Tiwari

This ode to Bihar machismo is energetic and fun but overlong. -Shalini

मुखड़े के पहले का संगीत और मुखड़ा गीत की जान है पर अंतरों तक वो मस्ती बरक़रार नहीं रह पाती. -Manish

Just because it is folk doesn't make it good or even worth listening to - in fact did this movie really need any songs? -Armeen

This song fits the cavalier mood of the album and the film. Loved Manoj Tiwari's devil-may-care rendition, the lyrics and the arrangements. The harmonium that breaks the rhythm of the song and the chorus is a masterstroke. -Ramanand

In the end falls short of expectations. -Naresh

Rustic and earthy with just that hint of western influences! -Renu

Interesting rendition of a folk song. Sneha Khanwalkar has a keen ear for different sounds and she adds a motley mix of them to Manoj Tiwary's rustic singing style. -Subrat

Manoj Tiwari's singing is probably the best part of the song, which makes it so natural. -Harshit

Beautifully blending modern flavor with the folk-ish flavor in this refreshing number. -Nishant

Um, ok. -UVR

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गुन गुन गुना रे  (अग्निपथ)
gun gun gunaa re (Agneepath)

Tags: peppy, 'lejhim'y, gungunane-layak, celebratory, happy, masti, fun, energetic, dance, cajoling, optimistic, festive, bollywood indian dance, basti, masti in basti song, motivational


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

सुनिधि चौहान, उदित नारायण
Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan

Sunidhi is comptent as always, but the lyrics (black mein khareedenge khushi hum) are too precious. -Shalini

Catchy song, nice rhythm. Amitabh Bhattacharya tries to get into the Gulzar mould with limited success. -Aditya

The alliterative nature of the song is well complemented by the musical arrangements. -Ramanand

MD doesn't know what is meant by gunanunaanaa. -Ashok

धमाकेदार गीत. गीत अजय अतुल के संगीत और सुनिधि की गायकी की वजह अच्छा बन पड़ा है, बोल हटकर हैं और उदित भी वापसी के साथ सुनने में जचते हैं. कोरस का अच्छा इस्तेमाल. -Vikas

Earworm , has a catchy refrain, that stays on your lips long after. -Naresh

An average song on all counts -Subrat

Can't mark for choreography here. :) -Harshit

This song reminded me of Shreya's “barso re megha” from Guru. Just like that song, this one left me fully underwhelmed and did not engage me one bit. -UVR

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य अपनी शानदार सोच का इस्तेमाल कर हर अंतरे में ऐसे नए नवेले भाव गढ़ते हैं कि मन दाद दिए बिना नहीं रह पाता। जी हाँ मेरा इशारा रात का केक काटना, चाँद का बल्ब जलाने, ग़म को खूँटी पर टाँगने, ब्लैक में खुशी का पिटारा खरीदने, बंद बोतल के जैसे बैठने जैसे वाक्यांशों की तरफ़ है। -Manish

One of Sunidhi's better works. Ajay-Atul adding a certain Maharashtrian flavor to this but not going over the top. Wonder why they could not find a better voice than Udit Narayan for the male vocals. -Nishant

Fun, peppy - Sunidhi sounds good as usual, so does Udit Narayan (that was him, right?). -Armeen

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जिया जिया रे  (जब तक है जान)
jiyaa jiyaa re (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Tags: enthusiastic, mood-changer, catchy, qawwali-pop, junoon, thoughtful, female introduction, happy, free-spirited, joi de vivre, persona, upbeat, flighty, peppy, spritied, dance

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


नीति मोहन, सोफ़िया अशरफ़
Neeti Mohan, Sofia Ashraf

Neeti Mohan's voice induces some life in this ordinary song going by ARR-Gulzar standards. -Nishant

An interesting tune… wish they had stuck to the qawwali format all along. -Armeen

It is an average composition by ARR standards though there are bits of wizardry with the violin. The singing passes the muster but hardly worth playing in the loop. -Subrat

The song does grow on you, but is still very average. Gulzar's words have some nice thoughts, but end up sounding very clunky. The insertion of the protagonist's name at the most unlikely of places, just to fit the tune is embarassing. -Aditya

Such a refreshing song, quintessentially Rehman too. -Naresh

नीति ने ये गीत खुली आवाज़ में स्वछंदता से पूरी तह आनंदित होकर गाया है जिसकी गीत के मूड की जरूरत थी। चन्द्रेश गिटार पर अपनी उँगलियों की थिरकन शुरु से अंत तक बरक़रार रखते हैं। पार्श्व से दिया उनका सहयोग गीत के रूप को निखार देता है। रहमान इंटरल्यूड्स में गिटार के साथ बाँसुरी और ताली का अच्छा मिश्रण करते -Manish

I find the choir irritating. -Ashok

गीत को गिटार सबसे ख़ास बनाता है, पूरा गीत मानो गिटार के साथ रक्स कर रहा हो. -Vikas

Autotune: Lose 2 points, do not pass go! But wait, why can't ARR always choose to work with THIS lyricist than with all those useless other guys? -UVR

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दिल मेरा मुफ़्त का  (एजेंट विनोद)
dil meraa muft kaa (Agent Vinod)

Tags: qawwali, fusion, sufi rock, indi-pop, dhinchak number, mujra, female duet, modern mujra, fusion qawwali, teasing, popfolk, folkish, dance, fun, funky mujra, modern qawwali, rock mujra, dance, item song


नीलेश मिश्रा
Neelesh Misra

नंदिनी श्रीकर, रिज़वान-मुअज़्ज़म, शादाब-अल्तमश फ़रीदी, शबाब साबरी
Nandini Srikar, Rizwan-Muazzam, Shadaab Faridi-Altamush Faridi, Shabab Sabri

Promising beginning, but gets awful quickly. -Ashok

The only reason to listen to this is Nandini Srikar's voice and the use of "77". Pritam starts off good but then becomes loud. -Nishant

The above average singing is truly the only saving grace of this song. Annoying orchestration – the overly westernized sounds should have been limited. Banal lyrics: if she has 75 “premi”s, why are 77 ishaare needed to win her affections, and not just 76? -UVR

Here too Nandini Srikar puts to good use her solid classical base. -Vipin

Genre wise this could be mujra meets rock meets club meets qawwali meets trance meets dance pop meets everything and the kitchen sink. But surprisingly it comes together quite nicely. -Renu

Worth a second listen, some of the audio effects and other gimmicks during the interludes sound immature especially given the rest of the composition. -Armeen

गीत की शुरुआत काफी अच्छी होती है, लेकिन ''फेविकोल' जैसे चलते गीतों में शुमार!! लंबे वक्त तक याद रख पाने में मुश्किल पर फिर भी बांधे रखने वाला गीत. -Vikas

Not a bad attempt at reconstiuting the mujra, but not great either. -Shalini

Interesting take on fusion qawaali, but the fusion element is too overwhelming -Aditya

Energetic and well-sung, this is a decent modern attempt in a genre that hasn't been in vogue for a while. -Ramanand

Preetam shows his mettle here and some outstanding singing by all. -Naresh

Pritam reconstructs a mujra complete with harmonium and rubab. The traditionalist within me might wince at times but this is a fine modern interpretation. Nandini Srikar excels showing us another facet to her vocal talent -Subrat

The experiment in music/genre is nice and well executed. -Harshit

Bad lyrics :( -Neha

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अभी अभी (युगल)  (जिस्म 2)
abhii abhii (yugal) (Jism 2)

Tags: slow and easy, romantic, deja vu, bonding, soft, soothing, love ballad

आरको प्रावो मुखर्जी
Arko Pravo Mukherjee

आरको प्रावो मुखर्जी
Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Munish Makhija

केके, श्रेया घोषाल
KK, Shreya Ghoshal

A beautiful soft romatic track that lingers. -Naresh

Truly a yugal geet... nicely sung by both Shreya and KK. -Shalini

Shreya Ghoshal trying to create "jaadu" again but not so successful as last time (Jism) -Nishant

Lyrics tries interesting moves, but can't pull it off properly. -Ashok

एक याद रखे जाना वाला गीत जिसे आप अगर किसी लंबे सफर पर सुनते हुए चलें तो सफर यादगार होना लाज़मी है. गीत को आँख मूँद कर सुनने पर इसका असर दोगुना हो जाता है. एक अच्छी कोम्पोजिशन. के के और श्रेया एक दूसरे के पूरक के तौर पर सुनाई देते हैं. -Vikas

The only points I can give this song is for KK's voice. I prefer the male solo version of this song, but that isn't the version nominated. -UVR

Yet another bhatt-film song with nothing 'vishesh' -Aditya

I don't think this is Shreya Ghoshal singing - the female voice is only thing notable about this song. KK has sung many such songs and Vishesh Films has given us similar numbers in the past. -Subrat

Maybe the good music and singing make lyrics sound better despite all the attention. So even if lyrics aren't worth 3, they do sound worth that. Also, KK's singing is exceptionally well and it sounds like one of his best in the year. -Harshit

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राब्ता (कहते हैं ख़ुदा ने)  (एजेंट विनोद)
raabtaa (kahate hai.n Khudaa ne) (Agent Vinod)

Tags: romance, not-noisy-pritam, soft rock, easy listening, soft, romantic, feeling blue, sufi, light romantic, soft romantic, ballad


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

श्रेया घोषाल, अरिजित सिंह
Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh

Shreya at her cloyingly-sweet-and-insincere best… gratuitous sargam/english lyrics - yet again... very forgettable on the whole. -Armeen

One of the better songs of the year. The tune progression is appealing, as is the singing by Shreya. -Aditya

The song gets an extra half a point because I can't get over how it was used in the film and for using the word Raabta. Shreya is dependable and the male voice (Arijit?) complements her well. -Subrat

I'd give it a higher rating, but for the stupid English stuff. -Ashok

गीत के बोलों में और गुंजाइश हो सकती थी. मुखड़े को लूप में लगाने के बदले और आगे बढ़ाना अच्छा रहता. गीत में हलके सॉफ्ट नोट्स और उसी जैसी आवाज़ इसे ख़ास बनाती है. -Vikas

The contrast between the song and the picturisation elevates the song further. -Vinayakam

गीत की धुन पहली बार सुनते ही गीत की ओर आपको सम्मोहित कर लेती है। -Manish

The nursery rhyme style tune and singing didn't really work for me. -Shalini

The song has a nice tempo and the USP of 'Raabta' but the earsore Arijit Singh spoiling what Hamsika manages to build. -Nishant

I personally love the singing and arrangements of Night in the Motel version the most and have marked keeping that song too in mind. -Harshit

This song only works because of the singing. The rest is just meh. -Renu

Didn't cut it.. pedestrian. -Neha

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मेरा जूता … दिल छीछालेदर  (गैंग्स ऑफ़ वासेपुर - 2)
meraa juutaa … dil chhiichhaaledar (Gangs of Wasseypur - 2)

Tags: earworm, pacy, bambaiya, chase-sequence-appropriate, folk, disco, wild, electronic, fun, funk, black humor, techno, rustic, quirky, personality, devil-may-care, anthemic, local, raw music, electronica

स्नेहा खानवलकर
Sneha Khanwalkar

वरूण ग्रोवर
Varun Grover


As applicable to pretty much every song of the soundtrack, it is the lack of perfection that works even here. And a very sprightly singing by young Durga. -Vipin

Made, sung and written for a chase sequence. Very resourceful and imaginative pick to get to sing it as well. -Nishant

A bit too cacophonus. -Ashok

गीत राजधानी एक्सप्रेस की तरह भागता है, और जब तक कोई कुछ समझ सके गीत खत्म. कानफोड़ू गीत. -Vikas

हा हा साल के सबसे मजेदार गीत का सेहरा इसे मिलना चाहिए ! -Manish

This is crazy stuff. Experimentation at its best -Vinayakam

Annoying! -Shalini

Next, please! -Aditya

12 YO Durga is the only attraction in this song. -Naresh

It is difficult to keep track of SK's clever techno arrangements while that kid keeps you entranced with that shrill pitch. It is a song that drains you -Subrat

The raw singing gets a 3.5. Maybe it's the novelty or the editing of that singing, but it does impact one. -Harshit

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आरोमले (माइ बिलवेड)  (एक दीवाना था)
aaromale (my beloved) (Ekk Deewana Tha)

Tags: soft rock, western-ish, shouting-not-modulation, bonding, indi-rock, sad, passion, dhakshik sur, romantic, jazz, blues, soft rock, soft, love ballad, mild rock, fusion, classic rock, pining, virah geet

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

अलफ़ॉंस जोसफ़
Alphons Joseph

Javed Akhtar ruins a beautiful song with the lyrics. They should have retained the Malayalam original -Vinayakam

The lyrics belong to another song! -Aditya

Seems like ARR was listening to a lot of Pink Floyd before he composed this. Nothing ARR about it. -Nishant

अंतरे की शुद्ध निर्मल शब्द धारा का सामंजस्य पाश्चात्य फ्यूजन के साथ कहीं बैठता नज़र नहीं आता। -Manish

I don't get it (despite the Bageshri overtones). :( -Armeen

Interesting in many ways, esp. Sanskritized lyrics; on scrutiny they don't hold up well, but good effort. Catchy tune, but some kitchen sink also. -Ashok

गीत में दक्षिण की खुशबू साफ़ झलकती है. अंतरों में गाना सुनकर इस बात का एहसास होता है कि गीत की धुन पर बोलों को लिखाया गया होगा. -Vikas

It's been a loooonnng time since I've enjoyed a Rahman song this much. The lyrics don't make much sense but the composition is beautifully crafted. -Shalini

Rehman does a good tune but Javed Akhtra does nothing to add value, singing is fine. Shreya version better. -Naresh

I have heard the original and for some reason the song doesn't crossover into Hindi film easily. It's a beautiful composition in its original avatar. Maybe it is the forcefitting of Hindi words that ruins it -Subrat

Its not a sound I associate with ARR. Don't recollect him venturing into a Dire Straits/Deep Purple/Floyd type of sound before. But I am glad he did. -Renu

Reminds me too much of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here -Amit

What a fantastic song … in the original Tamil/Malayalam version. It leaves me completely out of breath every single time I hear it. The vocals are at once powerful and plaintive, perfect for this song. Much has been said about how Rahman has worked wonders with the Bageshri raag-based tune. Where “Bolo Na” puts the raag front and center, this song uses the raag under a heavy disguise. All that said, the lyrics of the Hindi version are an assault to the senses, making me dock a point from the overall score. -UVR

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साइयाँ (राहत)  (हिरोइन)
saaiyaa.N (raahat) (Heroine)

Tags: soul, searching-for-hope, sad, sufi, soothing, sad, contemplative, life, classical, soulful, evocative, classic bollywood, sufi romantic


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

राहत फ़तेह अली ख़ान
Raahat Fateh Ali Khan

Another of those fashionable sufi songs. Thankfully there weren't many this year. -Aditya

If “yeh hausla” (Dor) and “o re piya” (Aaja Nachle) got together and made a baby, it would look (sound) exactly like this song! -UVR

A (stereo)typical Rahat Fateh Ali Khan rendition. -Nishant

Sounds just like yeh hausla, but a lesser song. Looks like the composers are rehashing their own songs. -Neha

Too much "big sound" effect tried for my taste. Didn't like the singing quality either. -Ashok

Rahat too slipping into Sonu's track of unncessarily complicating the singing by overdoing on embellishments. -Naresh

I'm tired of this genre and tired of Raahat being Raahat. -Subrat

Music gets just two because the song is almost a copy of Salim Sulaiman's own music for Dor. -Harshit

Reminiscent of 'ye hausla' from Dor and just as lovely. -Renu

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लुट्टणा (सैफ़ उल मलूक)  (कॉकटेल)
luTTaNaa (saif ul malook) (Cocktail)

Tags: heartbreak, bhangra-pop, soulful, semi sufi, suroor, sad, philosophical, betrayal, angry, bhangra, sufi, heartbreak, romance, modern sufi, fusion, rock fusion, trance sufi, sufi-techno



मासूमा अनवर, साहिर अली बग्गा, अनुपम आमोद
Masuma Anwar, Sahir Ali Bagga, Anupam Amod

I am a fan of this song and I thought I will never say this but I am a fan of Pritam for his work in 2012. Pritam has been inventive through the year and this is an excellent example of how he has taken the standard Sufi tune and played around it with electronic infusions. -Subrat

The angsty Punjabi lyrics and the Bhangra-Rock fusion lend a poignacy and punjency to the song. Really grew on me. -Shalini

Over-orchestrated - typical Pritam. -Nishant

Maybe I'd care more if I listened to it in the context of the movie, but right now I am just eager to move on to the next one. -Armeen

Good in parts, but messed up. -Ashok

गीत में सूफियाना रंग कूट कूट के भरा महसूस होता है. गायकी और संगीत का अंदाज़ नया और अनोखा, पर भाता हुआ, कम अज़ कम दूसरी तीसरी बार सुनना ज़रूर पसंद किया जा सकता है. अफ़सोस कि कहीं कहीं संगीत बोलों और गायकी पर हावी होता है. -Vikas

Soulful song but arrangement is noisy which is jarring. -Naresh

A wonderful song, but sounds a little too noisy despite good arrangements. -Harshit

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गुब्बारे  (एक मैं और एक तू)
gubbaare (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)

Tags: whistleable, light, friendship, easy listening, masti, motivational, zindagi, romantic, happy, philosophical, whimsical, peppy, lightly philiosophical, life, anthemic, jazzy

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

अमित त्रिवेदी, शिल्पा राव, निखिल डिसूज़ा
Amit Trivedi, Shilpa Rao, Nikhil D'Souza

Playful yet philosophical lyrics are the highlight of this song. Reminds you a bit of 'shaam' from Aisha in its melody. -Renu

Although “kisam kisam ke hain” rubs me really the wrong way, the rest of the song is typical Amit Trivedi: light, enjoyable. -UVR

Easy listening with just the right amount of whimsy. The trumpets and the whistling are an especially nice touch. -Shalini

Good opportunity squandered largely. -Naresh

Brilliantly orchestrated. Amit Trivedi maintaining his hallmark. Faintly reminding of "Bare necessities". -Nishant

Another oversmart nursery rhyme! -Armeen

Slightly interesting lyrics, easy on the ears, but nothing great. -Aditya

Haven't I heard this before from Amit Trivedi? It's a good tune but it is lazy work from Amit Trivedi and seems like a leftover from Aisha. But Nikhil D'souza's vocals gets the song an extra half a point. -Subrat

The way the song is arranged is awesome! Different and awesome! :) -Neha

Catchy enough. -Ashok

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राधा  (स्टूडेंट ऑफ द इयर)
raadhaa (Student of the Year)

Tags: peppy, hinglish, chhed-chhaad, celebratory, dance, party song, masti, club, teasing, energetic, modern folk, folk pop


सईद क़ादरी
Sayeed Quadri

श्रेया घोषाल, उदित नारायण, विशाल दादलानी
Shreya Ghoshal, Udit Narayan, Vishal Dadlani

The bait-n-switch turns into a predictable dance track. -Shalini

Catchy, decent effort of blending traditional with modern. -Aditya

I was sold on the Puriyadhanashri start, but all the craziness that follows is just as infectious! -Renu

A peppy and clever song, typical of Vishal-Shekhar's work. -Ramanand

Good to see Udit Narayan back even though in a small way! -Naresh

Starts promisingly before degenerating into some random dance number. -Subrat

More 'Air-India Airhostess' style pronunciation! -Armeen

Good in parts. -Ashok

हिंगलिश बोलों' वाला ये गीत अपने में ग़ज़ब की एनर्जी लिए हुए है. उदित नारायण की लेट एंट्री थोड़ी हैरान करती है और कहीं ना कहीं बाक़ी गायकों से मेल खाती नहीं लगती. -Vikas

Made some points because of that opening Puriya sequence and the pacy beat of the song. -Nishant

Usual stuff. Good quality, without novelty. -Harshit

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आहटें  (एक मैं और एक तू)
aahaTe.n (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)

Tags: easy listening, birha, sleep inducing, soft, soothing, lyrical, romantic, sad, contemplative, melancholy, slow romantic, separation, sadness, love ballad, easy listen, mild rock, sad, ballad

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

कार्तिक, शिल्पा राव
Karthik, Shilpa Rao

Good lyrics lost in ordinary tune and sub-par singing. -Naresh

Extremely boring! The tune doesn't register at all -Aditya

Amit Trivedi wasn't into this film like he normally is. And this song is good example. It is a nice tune, the piano goes well with it but there's spark missing in the song -Subrat

Amit Trivedi definitely setting the tone for a big year in the industry with this start. Shipa Rao's crispy vocals again behind the listening factor. -Nishant

Why? -Armeen

Reasonably well-sung; sensible orchestration. -Ashok

गीत काफी ख़ामोश सा पर अच्छे बोल लिए. कार्तिक और शिल्पा गीत में कर्णप्रिय लगते है .पर शिल्पा अपने एक पुराने देशभक्ति गीत की याद बार बार दिलाती है. नए गायक गायकाओं की अगर बात करें को बीते साल की तरह इस साल भी शिल्पा राव अपनी अच्छी गायकी से काफी उम्मीद जगाती हैं -Vikas

Minimal music, beautiful vocals. -Renu

Amit Trivedi excels in composing this kind of lounge-y song. -UVR

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छल्ला  (जब तक है जान)
chhallaa (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Tags: earworm, punjabi, search, indi-pop, bogus, folk, philosophical, romantic, wandering, street-song, sufi, persona, philosophical, mystical, punjabi, peppy, sufi rock

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman


रब्बी शेरगिल
Rabbi Shergil

Disappointing. -Shalini

A remarkable song in all aspects - Rabbi Shergil's singing and lyrics take it to great heights. -Naresh

One of the two saving graces of the album even though the entire song is in Punjabi. -Nishant

Irritating song. Don't understand the lyrics. -Ashok

Somehow the lyrics and music, though very good, don't mix so well as to bring the song to an excellent level. -Harshit

Quite like this song. -Aditya

रहमान 'जिया रे ' के अंदाज़ में इस गीत में भी गिटार, ड्रम का प्रयोग काफी तेज नोट्स के साथ करते हैं, लेकिन इस बीच शायद मेलोडी कहीं गायब हो जाती है. जिसकी वजह से गीत में ऐसा कुछ नहीं बचता जिससे इसे एक से ज़्यादा बार सुना जाये. कई लोग चल्ला और झल्ला में ही उलझे रहे. -Vikas

Rabbi and his guitar sum up this song. Above average track. -Subrat

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पिया ओ रे पिया (युगल)  (तेरे नाल लव हो गया)
piyaa o re piyaa (yugal) (Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya)

Tags: catchy, earworm, romance, indi-pop, punjabi beats, romantic, sad, soft


प्रिया पंचाल
Priya Panchal

आतिफ़ असलम, श्रेया घोषाल
Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal

A good chemistry splashing right through that duet. -Nishant

Shreya sounds syrupy sweet and provides the perfect foil for the significantly less capable voice of Atif to join hands with her and take the song to dizzy heights. I found myself enjoying this song immensely and have added it to a list of my 2012 favorites. -UVR

Shreya on ecstasy - again! -Armeen

OK song. -Ashok

आतिफ असलम कई जगहों पर कुछ ज़्यादा ही ऊँचे सुरों में गीत को पहुंचा देते हैं. -Vikas

But for the male vocals, pretty decent song. -Aditya

No, thank you. -Subrat

The combination of Atif singing all high and Shreya all in a submissive style sounds great. -Harshit

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यारियाँ  (कॉकटेल)
yaariyaa.N (Cocktail)

Tags: coldplay-ish, crisp, earworm-to-an-extent, repentance, easy listening, breakup song, sad song, senti song, dosti, friendship, romantic, rock ballad, easy listen, mild rock, slow rock


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

मोहन कानन, शिल्पा राव
Mohan Kanan, Shilpa Rao

Excellent combo of impactful vocals and lovely music. -Karthik

More of the 'I want to sound cool so I need to sing carelessly' type of elevator music. -Armeen

I seriously have doubts if this was done by Pritam or Agnee. K.Mohan and Shilpa Rao make a dynamic duo. -Nishant

So so. -Neha

सूदिंग सी फील लिए गीत आपको बोर नहीं करता बहता चलता है. -Vikas

Is proper enunciation and pronunciation of words too much to ask for? The only word I could make out in the song was "yaariyaan" and "Ooooo" -Shalini

Disappointing! -Naresh

This is familiar Pritam territory and he is aided by some good male vocals. -Subrat

Cliched. -Vinayakam

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तू ही मेरा  (जन्नत 2)
tuu hii meraa (Jannat 2)

Tags: romance, love-song, bonding, indi-pop, sufi rang, romantic, romance, sufi, fake sufi


सईद क़ादरी
Sayeed Quadri

शफ़कत अमानत अली
Shafqat Amanat Ali

Slightly loud, otherwise a wonderful track in all aspects. -Naresh

Formula love song. Nothing special but always works. -Nishant

Adequate, but boring. -Ashok

गीत की सबसे खास बात शफकत की खुले गले की गायकी, गिटार और तबले का कोम्बिनेशन है. -Vikas

A typical Bhatt product! Nice, but nothing unique. -Aditya

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कर चलना शुरू तू  (एक मैं और एक तू)
kar chalanaa shuruu tuu (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)

Tags: soft rock, upbeat, yuppie, hopeful, easy listening, energetic, lyrical, motivational, romantic, inspirational, exhorting, soft romantic, optimistic, philosophical, bollywood jazz, introspective

अमित त्रिवेदी
Amit Trivedi

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

विशाल दादलानी, शिल्पा राव
Vishal Dadlani, Shilpa Rao

Standard-issue "uplifting" number; inoffensive but unremarkable. -Shalini

A little more of the usual Amit Trivedi. I love Shilpa Rao from the time Amit Trivedi used her in Aamir. He still brings the best out of her -Subrat

Can't differentiate between the songs of this film! -Aditya

Though the different arrangements are hooking, the melody of the song makes it more long lasting. -Harshit

Vishal Dadlani probably had a good year singing than composing. -Nishant

Trivial song. -Ashok

Better song of this otherwise not so shining album. -Naresh

Feels heavily “inspired”, but can't say from where. Nonetheless, I like this song! -UVR

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काफ़िर अँधेरे  (शिरीन फ़रहाद की तो निकल पड़ी)
kaafir a.Ndhere (Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi)

Tags: pop-rock, heartbroken, mope-song, desi, sad, missing, remorseful, disillusioned, philosophical, soul, not too mild rock, ballad, noisy

जीत गांगुली
Jeet Ganguli

अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya


Excepting the crescendo in Antra-s, the song is well made. -Naresh

Some tunes have KK written all over them. Then KK sings them and shows you why they have KK written all over them. I have no doubt this song is making it into the “Best of KK” albums that will undoubtedly begin getting compiled in 2-5 years' time. -UVR

This reminds me a lot of 'bheegi bheegi' from Gangster. And Rajesh Roshan. Which is a strange combo. But it works. -Renu

The base melody is very reminiscent of the 90s (and I am no longer sure if that is good or bad). -Armeen

Ordinary. -Ashok

rockband की धुन पर सुनने में काफी बासी धुन. -Vikas

The pain given a pop/rock perspective but lacking a strong punch -Nishant

Nothing remarkable. -Aditya

Average. Jeet Ganguly had promised a lot but didn't deliver in 2012. -Subrat

I am sure there are people who love this kinda songs, but for me so much yelling and noise in a song, take away from the mood. -Neha

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चढ़ी मुझे ... दारू देसी  (कॉकटेल)
cha.Dhii mujhe ... daaruu desii (Cocktail)

Tags: friendship, urban, hip-hop, bonding, indi-pop, disco song, yoyo song, club song, dance, fun, dosti, quirky, flippant, friendship, peppy, modern folk, party


इरशाद कामिल
Irshad Kamil

बेनी दयाल, शालमली खोलगड़े
Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade

Catchy tune. -Ashok

I love many intangibles about the song, like the vibe and feel, but it’s the Spanish guitar and Shalmali's voice that seal the deal. (Hey I rhymed!) -Renu

A slightly catchy tune with the same old auto-tuned voices (so 2011!) and nothing more. -Armeen

Nice dance number that would last for the year in party circuits! -Naresh

गीत की उम्र ज्यादा बेशक ना हो पर थिरकने वाला ज़रूर है. आया राम गया राम किस्म का गीत. -Vikas

NO COMMENT. -Nishant

Just about average. -Aditya

Catchy tune but forgettable in the long run. -Subrat

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होस्साना  (एक दीवाना था)
hossaanaa (Ekk Deewana Tha)

Tags: hinglish, dreamy, easy listening, bonding, indi-pop, sad, passion, dhakshik sur, romantic, soft, melancholic, love ballad, melodic, light romantic

ए आर रहमान
A R Rahman

जावेद अख़्तर
Javed Akhtar

लियोन डिसूज़ा, सुज़ैन डिमेलो
Leon D'Souza, Suzanne D'Mello

I have heard the original and for some reason the song doesn't crossover into Hindi film easily. It's a beautiful composition in its original avatar. Maybe it is the forcefitting of Hindi words that ruins it -Subrat

ARR avargaLe: enough already with the autotune “effect”! -UVR

Perfect example of how average lyrics and ordinary music cannot make a good song even if the voices singing it are good -Nishant

Arrangements of the song, dreamy in the texture, are beautiful, and make the most of the song alongwith the singing. -Harshit

Controversy over this trivial song! -Ashok

गीत का मुखड़ा अच्छा है ,पर आगे अपनी पकड़ कमज़ोर कर जाता है. -Vikas

Love the tune. -Vinayakam

It lost me at the English lyrics. The repetition of "hossaanaa" is beautifully done though. -Shalini

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दीवाना कर रहा है  (राज़ 3)
diiwaanaa kar rahaa hai (Raaz 3)

Tags: middle-eastern-ish, love song, indi-pop, arabic feel, intoxicating, romantic, reflective, soul

राशिद ख़ान
Rashid Khan

राशिद ख़ान
Rashid Khan

जावेद अली
Javed Ali

Yet another bhatt-film song (this itself should become a genre), but worth a few listens. -Aditya

Really liked the mukhda and points for using "musalsal". -Shalini

musalsal! again! -Neha

Trivial. -Ashok

जावेद अली की गायकी और कुछ एक जगहों पर उनकी ली गयी 'हरकतें ' इस गीत को काफी दिलचस्प और 'मुसलसल' सुनने लायक बनाती है. -Vikas

This song is all Javed Ali. Nothing more to recommend. -Subrat

Javed Ali's vocals transforming the face of the song and giving it a repeat factor. -Nishant

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ख़ुदाया  (शंघाई)
Khudaayaa (Shanghai)

Tags: philosophical, fusion, pathos, hopeful, indi-pop, sad, romance, romantic, searching, qawwali, plea, drama


नीलेश मिश्रा
Neelesh Misra

शेखर रावजियानी, डीजे किरण, राजा हसन
Shekhar Ravjiani, DJ Kiran, Raja Hasan

Conjures up different emotions at the same time. -Nishant

A good, short song (unadultrated with over the top effects) with an interesting loop that keeps playing in the background. -Armeen

कमज़ोर और हल्के बोलों के साथ एक कामचलाऊ धुन. -Vikas

Average. -Subrat

“be-pataa”? -UVR

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तेरा दीदार हुआ  (जन्नत 2)
teraa diidaar huaa (Jannat 2)

Tags: regular romance, typical-rahat, bonding, qawwali, dance number, romantic, sufi, modern qawwali, sufi pop, mystical, sufi-esque, fake sufi


सईद क़ादरी
Sayeed Quadri

राहत फ़तेह अली ख़ान
Raahat Fateh Ali Khan

Routine fare both from Pritam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. -Nishant

I wasn't really missing Rahat, but he's tolerable in qwaalish set-ups like this. -Shalini

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice sounds unusually 'harsh' in the song. -Aditya

Thankfully, there are fewer 'sufi-pop' songs featuring Raahat Fateh Ali Khan compared to a few years ago. This song is another cliched addition to this genre. -Ramanand

I may find pasta and sushi exciting occasionally, but I admit, nothing comforts me like daal-roti (even if a bit stylized). -Armeen

Awful. -Ashok

राहत कुछ एक जगह पर गाते कम, चिल्लाते ज़्यादा लगते हैं, जावेद अली का वर्शन ज़्यादा बेहतर है. -Vikas

कोरस का बेहतरीन प्रयोग गीत को नया रंग देता है. -Manish

I can no longer make out one Vishesh film from another or one Vishesh sooundtrack from another -Subrat

RFAK seems a little off here. -Renu

The song itself is pretty decent, par for the course for RFAK, but those digitized “hoy!”s are just plain annoying! (tera HOY! deedaar hua, pehla HOY!-saa pyaar huaa) -UVR

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सैय्यारा  (एक था टाइगर)
saiyyaaraa (Ek Tha Tiger)

Tags: catchy, deja vu, 90s-ish, indi-pop, arabic feel, intoxicating, romantic, catchy, melodic, classic bollywood, itemsong

सोहेल सेन
Sohail Sen

कौसर मुनीर
Kausar Munir

मोहित चौहान, तरन्नुम मलिक
Mohit Chauhan, Tarannum Mallik

I didn't understand the point of this song at all. It's too slow by half to be a “dance/item” number, too flippant and noisy to be anything else. -UVR

Nice integration of melody and rhythm and the Middle-Eastern flavored orchestration was a nice change. If only Mohit C wasn't doing the singing. -Shalini

Nice catchy tune, good use of original sounds ( as against electronic sounds) in arrangement. Adequately sung. -Naresh

More auto-tuning. -Armeen

The middle eastern touches are the high point of the song. Mohit Chauhan starting to sound the same everytime implying the over usage of his vocals for just about every soundtrack. -Nishant

It is an average track with only the signing going for it. The Arabic/West Asian flavor isn't novel enough for it to be remembered -Subrat

The Arabian influences coupled with Mohit Chauhan's lovely high-notes work beautifully. -Renu

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ठहरी सी ज़िन्दगी  (लंदन पेरिस न्यू यॉर्क)
Thaharii sii zindagii (London Paris New York)

Tags: cheering, indi-pop, romantic, lively, love ballad, mild rock

अली ज़फ़र
Ali Zafar

अली ज़फ़र
Ali Zafar

अली ज़फ़र, अदिति राव हैदरी
Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari

One more rendition with 'ecstasified' voices! -Armeen

Ali Zafar trying to wear too many hats at the same time. Doesn't always work. -Nishant

Just an assortment of sounds. -Ashok

धुन के लिहाज़ से एक अच्छी कोशिश, लेकिन कोरस कहीं कहीं गीत पर हावी होता है. -Vikas

Easy listening, but doesn't stay on. -Aditya

An average track. -Subrat

I was surprised to find myself liking this song. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new licks ;-) Neither singer is a superlative practitioner of the art of singing, but the combination somehow worked for me. -UVR

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पुंगी  (एजेंट विनोद)
pu.ngii (Agent Vinod)

Tags: tapori, road-masti, quirky, nautnki-pop, govinda special, funny, dance, item, comic, comedy, flirty, fun, modern folk, peppy, imported, item song, shameful


अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य
Amitabh Bhattacharya

मीका सिंह, अमिताभ भट्टाचार्य, नकश अज़ीज़, प्रीतम, जावेद ज़ाफ़री
Mika Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nakash Aziz, Pritam Chakraborty, Javed Jaffrey

Qasam se, Hasan (Jehangir) Bhai ki yaad aa gai! -Armeen

The only interesting feature in the song is the use of the word 'pu.ngii'. -Ashok

पुंगी गीत सुनते ही गोविंदा की याद ताज़ा हो जाती है. गीत भागता हुआ है. आपको थिरकाता ज़रूर है पर सुकून नहीं देता. वाकई पुंगी गीत. -Vikas

प्यारी रिदम और मीका की आवाज़ का सही मेल गीत के साथ झूमने पर मजबूर करता है. -Manish

Had me laughing and tapping my foot. -Shalini

Doesn't warrant a second listen. -Aditya

Typical drunk Mika song. -Nishant

Mika does a decent job in this peppy dance number. -Naresh

One of my 2 year old's favourites. I hate it. :) -Vinayakam

Barring the beat and the percussion, the song did nothing for me. Mika is tiresome with his usual nasal pitch. -Subrat

Takes into account the fact that the song is copied. Have marked relatively based on that. -Harshit

YUCK! -Neha

aise gaano.n ne Hindi film sangeet kii pungii bajaa rakhii hai! -UVR

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इश्क़ वाला लव  (स्टूडेंट ऑफ द इयर)
ishq waalaa lav (Student of the Year)

Tags: love song, romance, gaana-wala-song, bonding, romantic, soft, teenybopper, light romantic, ballad, supposed to be romantic


अन्विता दत्त
Anvita Dutt

शेखर रावजियानी, सलीम मर्चेंट, नीति मोहन
Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant, Neeti Mohan

Niraasha waala disappointment. -Subrat

The lyrics are really weird. Using inane expressions line ishq wala love, waise wala love or even surkh wala with interesting words like "ittila" and meaningful expressions like jhaanke baadlon ke peechhe se totally jars. Despite the horrible lyrics, this soft, romantic song works to an extent. -Aditya

Where is the toothpaste (or the message from Met Life)? One more song that should have been a jingle. -Armeen

Most childish and idiotic lyrics in a song in all of 2012. -Karthik

Pointless song. -Ashok

Ridiculous lyrics. -Vinayakam

Lyrics and singing that are nothing but ordinary and just do not make any sense. -Nishant

Besides the annoyance of the redundant 'ishq waala love' phrase, this is a lovely song. -Renu

Seriously? RMIMP nominators need a life! -UVR

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हुक्का बार  (खिलाड़ी 786)
hukkaa baar (Khiladi 786)

Tags: nonsense, pain-inthe-ear, irritating, indi-pop, club song,dhinchak number, dance, club, party, dance, party song, techno, bhangra pop, dance, dance, persona, foot- tapping, dance, peppy, earworm, bollywood dance, dance, dance, trash,

हिमेश रेशमिया
Himesh Reshammiya

हिमेश रेशमिया
Himesh Reshammiya

हिमेश रेशमिया, विनीत सिंह, अमन त्रिखा
Himesh Reshammiya, Vineet Singh, Aman Trikha

Silly in the bad sense. -Ashok

I won't deny the help this song provided during my marathon training. It is exactly the rubbish that helps you run to a 9-minute mile beat. -Subrat

Can't deny that it is addictive. Sort of a guilty pleasure. -Aditya

Unremarkable earworm of a song that is worth investigating only for its strange/novel juxtaposition of a 'hookah bar' with 'pyaar'. -Ramanand

OSTRACIZE Reshammiya! -Nishant

Pass. -Shalini

Dance rhythms are addictive. -Naresh

Addictive quality of the song and the arrangements is all that get the song its rankings. -Harshit

गीत में सिर्फ और सिर्फ बीट्स हैं, और कुछ नहीं. 'हुक्के की गुड़ गुड़' से आगे एक लाइन भी आगे नहीं बढती. -Vikas

Quintessential Himesh crap. -UVR

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अन्य नामांकित (पर अमूल्यांकित) गीत - Other nominated (unrated) songs

2012 पुरस्कार मुखपृष्ठ पर वापस - Back to 2012 Puraskaar home

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