Our favourite tunes of the year so far: from the hills of Darjeeling to London Thumakda & Yeh Hai India
The 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the administrative failures in Kashmir remind us that progress notwithstanding, we are no closer to erasing some of the most persistent malaises pervading the human race. But as D.H. Lawrence wisely remarked:
We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
So in the spirit of living, we at MBRB are celebrating the best of the first 8 months of 2014, and eagerly awaiting some of the pleasures lined up for the rest of the year. Last week, we gave you a countdown of 10 things to look forward to in the rest of 2014. This week, we look back at the year gone by through some of our favourite tunes from the year so far.
Manchala Mann: Hassee To Phasee
We’ve always had a soft corner for Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, and then this featured current editorial favourite Sid Malhotra.
London Thumakda: Queen
Any talk about Kangana Ranuat’s career will find it impossible to not mention Queen, and nothing encapsulates the spirit of the movie – and Rani – better than this song.
Maahi Re: Highway
We’ve had mixed feelings about Imtiaz Ali’s movies, but we’ve never disputed his taste in music. Maahi Re brought to life the soul of Highway.
Deorali Darah: Bipul Chhetri
Bipul Chhetri has been our find of 2014 – we strongly urge you to buy his album Sketches of Darjeeling here. It’s difficult choosing just one favourite from this excellent compilation that evokes the hills of Darjeeling, but Deorali Darah is a good start.
Mast Magan : 2 States
Despite our disappointment at the degradation of our beloved alma mater to a Bollywood cliché factory, we found it hard to resist Alia Bhatt’s sparkling charm and Arijit Singh & Chinmayi’s lilting vocals.
Raat Bhar: Heropanti
Let’s get it straight out – we like Tiger Shroff, though our reservations about Heropanti proved to be true. On the bright side, this has been a breakthrough year for Arijit Singh.
Gar Ho Sake: Indian Ocean
The Kandisa boys returned after a long hiatus, but Tandanu was well worth the wait. This collaboration with Shubha Mudgal is a call to action to every Indian.
Main Hoon India: Neil Braganza
An Independence Day special by a young artist that is upbeat and patriotic.
Because Sneha Khanwalkar is a genius and because Sona Mahapatra’s voice so beautifully captures the hesitance of a new relationship. We are almost willing to ignore the candy-coated visuals for the sepia pain behind it.
As someone who was an erstwhile Kanpoora herself can attest, no other sound comes close to capturing the city’s essence.
Tune Maari Entriyan: Gunday
The perfect seeti song. How can you not go tang tang tang with the beat?
Galliyan: Ek Villain
Not fans of Shraddha Kapoor’s breathy baby doll voice, but the male version is full of the kind of bombast and longing that reminds us of vintage Emraan Hashmi (yes, that’s a thing)
Aao Na: Haider
We cannot wait for this movie. And this song is a timely reminder that Vishal Dadlani earned his stripes in Pentagram before slumming it as a music director for Karan Johar.
Moray Naina: Coke Studio Season 6
Every season Coke Studio Pakistan introduces us to a new voice that we can’t get out of our heads. This season its Zara Madani and her sufiyana passions.
Palat: Main Tera Hero
or How We Stopped Worrying and Learnt to Love Varun Dhawan
Editors’ Note: The links to some of the songs were updated on 19/2/2015.