Posted by: kcgadiyar | May 2, 2010

The 5 best memory rekindling songs in Hindi cinema

We have all seen this scenario in Hindi movies. There is a happy family/happy couple who separate for some reason. Then the kids grow up or the heroine has plastic surgery and the only connection left with their old life is a song which they had all sung together back in happier times. This song gets sung throughout the movie,  but the reunion only happens at the end again with the song playing in the background. We rarely get to see these in movies anymore because the formula just seems so cliche and so 70s. This is a list, in no particular order of what i feel are 5 of the best songs in this genre.

Yaadon ki baraat” – Yaadon Ki Baraat

Probably the ur-example (Warning: TV Tropes link). This song is what people think of when they think of reunions in Hindi films. Simple setup, and the payoff comes much much later with the penultimate scene which Dharmendra overacts the heck out of.

Jeeta tha jiske liye” – Dilwale

One of the better songs in recent times. In this movie, the song forms the only link to sanity that Ajay Devgan’s character has. This song was actually the inspiration for this list as Dilwale was on TV today.

Pardesi Pardesi” – Raja Hindustani

This song serves as not just a memory jog for the characters, but also for anyone who grew up in the 90’s. This song was played incessantly, the basic idea of the movie was taken from “Pyaar Jhukta Nahin” and this song is the equivalent of the “Tumse milkar naa jaane kyun” song from that movie. But, this song is more fresh for me and hence makes it onto this list ahead of the earlier version.

Tu Tu hai wohi” – Yeh Vaada Raha

Suspension of disbelief ON. Reena Roy has plastic surgery to become Tina Munim and this song is the only clue that Rishi Kapoor has that they are the same person. Makes sense seeing how the 2 heroines are completely different heights as well.

Ek Hasina Thi” – Karz

How can a list like this be complete without this song? Probably the ultimate memory song as it carries on between lives. One of the most haunting melodies out there, brilliantly sung (and then completely destroyed by Himesh 30 years later) well picturised and the moment people here the bridge, you know which song is coming up.

That’s it for this list. Until next time,



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