March 27, 2010

Favorite ROAD songs from films!

The best road songs!

You get in the car or get ready to board a plane and there is this flashback moment. You hurriedly search for just the right song to play on your iPOD as you travel! Here are some of my favorites:

Pukarta chala hoon main (Mere Sanam)! Forget that Biswajit is just a footnote in Hindi film history now, this is THE quintessential road song, an avenue of tall trees (poplars?), the girls on bikes, the guy in an open jeep:

How about the guy walking on a road and trying his best to obstruct the way of a bevy of beauties in a car? Only Dev Anand could carry off this song, singing and walking in his signature loping walk with a big white plastic fish dangling on the line! And Tanuja was cute as a button – unforgettable in this film.

Next up are two phenomenal road songs with a similar graph – the girl is on a train and the guys on cars and there is ample romance and nok jhonk between the two. In Jab Pyaar Kise se Hota Hai we have Dev romancing Asha Parekh on the train. Rafi’s singing is divine and Shakar JaiKishen are unforgettable here:

No doubt this was the inspiration for Shakti Samanta and the SD Burman/RD Burman duo as they spun this most famous number between Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in Aradhna:

Pride of place in train songs has to belong to Chaiyya Chaiyya! Not satisfied with dance and romance in a train or on the road, here the romance is near dead - “Duniya ki sabse choti prem kahani”, as the girl is gone! And the hero is on the rooftop of a train in an exuberant number as he details the qualities of love. Gulzaar, AR Rahman, and Farah Khan combined to make this Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora number one for the history books.

Then there is this unusual road song, part patriotic, part self-discovery, sung while driving a motorhome – again AR Rahman combines with Ashutosh Gowarikar and Javed Akhtar to bring this Shahrukh Khan and Makarand Deshpande song to us.

I want to end with a bicycle song – from Padosan! The one and only Saira Banu and her gang on sakhiyaan, singing while they take to the road on bicycles!

Happy trails! List you favorites…..

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Rajiv said...

My choices

Yeh Dosti

Chahunga mein tujhe

Zindagi Kaisi Yeh Paheli

Minnie said...

What a great post, Pardesi! I loved all the choices...Here are my top ten picks for the road collection :-)

Wahan kaun hai tera musafir

Jeevan ke safar mein raahi

Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen

Zindagi ek safar hai suhana

Maang ke saath tumhara

O majhi re

Yeh dil deewana

Koi na koi chahiye pyaar karne waala

Musafir hoon yaaron

Gaadi bula rahi hai

Caulfield said...

Lovely selections Pardesi, Rajiv and Minnie :)

Minnie said...

Sorry...the link to this song was is the right one:

Jeevan ke safar mein raahi

The Illusionist said...

Thanks for bringing back this post from Pakhi's archives, Pardesi.

Minnie - Good top ten ! :) You have almost listed every one i had on my list... I might still have few more .. will be back later with them..

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ApexHeights said...

Would this qualify

ApexHeights said...

....and the latest sensation

The Illusionist said...

Here are some of my favorites :

O Saathi Chal

Goriya Kahan Tere Des Re

Raat Ke Hamsafar

Tum Jo Huye Mere Humsafar

Ok.. i can post more.. and i will do it later.. until then enjoy these.. :)

Minnie said...

Great choices Illusionist... So you have some more songs in your repertoire? Well, while we are waiting for you to dig them up, here are a few more from my side :-)

Rote hue aate hain sab

Babu samjho ishaare

Oonche neeche raaste

Sare ke sare gama ko lekar gaate chale

Nadiya chale chale re dhara

Aaj ka yeh din kal ban jayega kal

Zara haule haule chalo more saajna


Pardesi said...

Lovely selection of songs! I love Babu Samjho Ishare.

Since people are including all journey songs, including boat ones, I have my top boat song to list. Somehow this song always brings a lump into my throat:

O Re Maanjhi

Man ki kitaab se tum mera naam hi mita dena
Gun to na tha koi bhi, avgun mere bhula dena!!

Avis said...

""> Kaun hai jo sapnon me aaya

""> tumse milne ki tamanna hai

""> tumse jo dekte hi pyaar hua

Pardesi said...

Thanks Avis - nice selection!

The Illusionist said...

Thanks Minnie for liking the songs. Seems like the OP had an issue with my selection :D

Here are few more :

Ahista Ahista

Chalo Kahin Aur Chalte Hain

Chalat Musafir

Ruk Jana Nahin

Chal Kahin Door Nikal Jayen

Pardesi said...

OP to main hoon, maine kya bola? :-(

ApexHeights said...

Since we are talking about personal favs my vote after that song in DDLJ which is more of transitional song will go to Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen picturised on Dilip Kumar.
It also brings fond memories of my beloved dad who would take off on these mukesh and hemant kumar's numbers in a party much to my mom's embarrassment...!

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