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Lets do Balle Balle!
Mar 19, 2013 02:32 AM 60290 Views

Weddings are fun. Wedding means dance.

Bollywood has used this high wedding drama in many movies to the fullest. They make for a good entertaining watch on screen. In the list below I have included songs from Bollywood in which some or the other ceremony is being played. There are many wedding theme songs where the actual marriage or any other ceremony is not happening. I haven’t included those. Songs from private albums are not included.

The first three songs are tied to the position one. Rest all songs are in random order.

  1. Balle Balle Ji (Bride & Prejudice, 2004). This is by far the grooviest wedding dance song ever. Composed by Anu Malik & sung by Sonu Nigam & Gayatri Iyer, this roaring song has very fast dhol beats & can put any feet to dance the moment it starts. It’s a typical Punjabi chedh-khaani song where Aishwarya Rai & Naveen Andrews are taking digs at group of girls & boys by turns. But the sad part is that many people haven’t heard this song as the film & its music were not much appreciated & marketed in India.

  2. Sajdaa (My Name is Khan, 2010). This is a soulful sufi song perfect to the mood of the film & wedding in San Francisco. Composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy & sung By Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Richa Sharma. Richa Sharma has done full justice & sung very beautifully. The lyrics by Niranjan Iyengar are very deep. The song starts with the Mehndi ceremony, followed by the actual wedding, then saloon inauguration & the couple moving into their new house. The song has its own funny dance moments performed by SRK.

  3. Hamesha Tumko Chahaa (Devdas, 2002). This splendid song is very different from the regular Bollywood wedding drama. Very soulful & emotional, this song is more about longing & losing childhood love. It’s composed by Ismail Durbar. But the real mavericks are the lyricist Nusrat Badr & Singer Kavita Krishnamoorthy (full marks) & Udit Narayan. This song is integrated with the script of the movie while taking the movie forward & the lyrics support the screenplay. The singers sing in perfect tone & mood of lovers who are parting ways. Tender, romantic & very warm song sung during Paro (Aishwarya Rai) wedding.

Yeh Galiyaan yeh Chaubara (Prem Rog, 1982). A classic song composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal & sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Its very happy song remembered & loved for its lyrics (not sure who wrote). Happy bride Padmini Kolhapure is dancing at her own Sangeet ceremony, with “friend” Rishi Kapoor looking on. The song is well choreographed & is one of the most popular wedding songs played in India.

Paise de do joote le lo (Hum Aapke hain kaun, 1994). The grand Indian wedding classic HAHK has many wedding songs to its credit as the whole movie revolves around two marriages. This is one of the best song of the movie composed by Raam-Laxman, with lyrics by Ravinder Rawal & sung by SP Balasubhramaniam & Lata Mangeshkar. It’s a “chedh-khani” song where the girl & boy are taking digs at each other & no one is ready to give up. Its very well-choreographed & highly dramatic & entertaing with fun light moments.

Babul jo tumne sikhaya (Hum Aapke hain Kaun, 1994). Best Doli song ever. Best because its sung in a beautiful manner by Sharda Sinha. The lyrics by Dev Kohli are meaningful in depicting the pain a daughter feels while leaving her parent’s house. Renuka Shahane as an actress has done full justice to the song’s emotions & portrayed very well.

There are many other shaadi related songs in HAHK. Wah wah Ram ji is another good song.

Mehndi hai rachne wali (Zubeidaa, 2001). Very melodious Mehndi song composed by A R Rahman & sung by Alka Yagnik is much loved too. Picturised on Karishma Kapoor the USP of the song is its simplicity. Very soft music, slow rate & good lyrics add to the advantage.

Khwajaa mere Khwajaa (Jodha Akbar, 2008). Ruler Akbar is just married & at the wedding reception a Sufi troupe is invited from Ajmer to sing & entertain the guests. The choreography of the song is something to watch out for & is best in Sufi genre. Yet another classic, this song is composed & sung by A R Rahman himself & is a package – Music, lyrics & choreography all complement each other.

Dulhe ka sehra (Dhadkan, 2000). Classic Sufi song yet again, starts with bride entering the wedding venue Followed by the ceremony, then the Doli. Again the magic is created by Singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & very well written by lyricist Sameer. This Nadeem-Shravan composition is loved by all & is an all time great song.

My favourite wedding dance songs:

Navrai Majhi (English Vinglish, 2012). This beautiful Amit Trivedi creation has foot tapping music & the Marathi wedding flavour is rare in Bollywood, which is the USP of this song.

Gal Mithi mithi (Aisha, 2010). This pulsating Amit Trivedi composition is loved by all the dance maniacs on floor & people go crazy dancing on its beat. Strange that a Punjabi song is being played in a Kerala wedding! Poles apart!!!

Kawa kawa (Monsoon wedding, 2001). This song is a superhit wedding DJ song. It is much in demand by men after a drink or two three, for its slow beats which makes it convenient, but is loved by all.

Saadi gali (Tanu weds Manu, 2011). Though I haven’t seen the movie, but I am including because there is a sangeet going on in this song (or so I guess). It’s a typical Punjabi "chedh-khani" song, well-choreographed & energetic.

Sona Sona (Major saab, 1998). This Aadesh Shrivastav composition is a good Baraat song or otherwise. The Punjabi jingles by Jaspinder Narula between paragraphs are good & it’s a popular hit with DJs.

Bari Barsi (Band Bajaa Baraat, 2010). This is a revisit of a very famous Punjabi wedding folk song. The song is good for dance & is a major hit among the young generation.

Ainwayi Ainwayi lut gaya – Remix (Band Bajaa baraat, 2010). Yet another song from this b’ful wedding theme movie. This song plays towards the end when Bittu & Shruti are getting married. The USP of the song are comic lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The song is a fun filled dance song.

The other wedding songs from the BBB are Ainwayi Ainwayi & Dum Dum.

Mehndi lagaa ke rakhnaa (DDLJ, 1995). This iconic song is superbly composed, written & sung. The choreography is good too. Its an all time hit & loved by all, though you cant do much dance steps as this song is a part of the screenplay/script & its taking the story of the movie forward. But still its played.

Mere haathon mein (Chandni, 1989). The USP of the song is Sridevi’s dance moves. This song is loved by all & ladies sing & dance to its tunes at sangeet.

Saajan Ji ghar aaye (KKHH, 1998). A great wedding song, is again a popular at sangeets where everybody dance to its tunes.

Radha (Student of the year, 2012). This one is placed in film at the sangeet of Rohan’s brother, when the entire college students & faculty have flown to Thailand in private jets. It’s a very pulsating dance song from our out of the world (literally) hit movie (affluent) student of the year (of god knows which university!!)

Last but not the least, I will like to mention a verse from the movie Dillalgi (1999). Its goes “Din Shagna da chadhya” which is again iconic for its always (& I mean always) played whenever bride is entering the wedding & walking towards the stage. Its very b’ful & charismatic because its taken straight (& not adapted) from Punjabi folk.

Worst Wedding song – Bhutni Ke (Singh is Kingg, 2008). Most irritating & disgraceful.

So this was my list. Thanks for reading. Do rate & comment.

Anshuman Maini

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