I dedicate this song-based review to Shreya Ghoshal who turns 34 today (born on 12th March, 1984). I am fortunate to have spent a few years in the small town (Rawatbhata, Kota, Rajasthan) where she started her musical journey as a kid and went on to win the ZEE TV SA RE GA MA in 2000 and thereafter won the national award with her debut in Bollywood for Bairi Piya in Devdas (2002). Her grand success inspired a complete generation of youngsters not only in Rawatbhata but throughout the nation to make a mark in the world of music. I convey her hearty birthday wishes from the side of all of her admirers.
Being a great music lover, I listen to all kinds of songs, especially from the Bollywood movies which have been presenting outstanding songs of all genres for several decades. Since today is a joyous day (Shreya’s birthday), I present this review containing songs of joy (from Hindi movies) because being happy is very important in life. By making it a habit to remain happy and cheerful only we can face the challenges of life and allow the hurts and the wounds to get heal with time. The choice of songs is, quite naturally, my personal and hence this collection is bound to be subjective.
I have not included those songs in this list which I have already covered in my articles on my most favourite Hindi movie songs (of any genre), comedy songs, romantic songs, nature-based songs and journey songs.
Here comes the list of my favourite twenty joyous songs from Bollywood movies :
- Aai Hain Bahaaren Mite Zulm-o-Sitam (Ram Aur Shyam – 1967) : This is my numero uno joyous song of all times. Whenever I am in low spirits, I choose to listen to this song which always fills me with joy, enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Penned by Shakeel Badayuni and composed by Naushad, this song has been sung by Mohammed Rafi and chorus and picturized on Dilip Kumar, Baby Farida alongwith several child artists. This is a birthday song and the dance performed by the kids on this song is heart-conquering for the spectator.
- Chhodo Sanam, Kaahe Ka Gham, Hanste Raho, Khilte Raho (Kudrat – 1981) : A foot tapping song soaked in frolic and frenzy. Kalpana Iyer has danced on this song whereas Vinod Khanna and Hema Malini have also performed. Kishore Kumar and Annette have sung it under the music direction of Pancham Da (R.D. Burman) whereas the lyric has come from the pen of Majrooh Sultaanpuri.
- Kuchh To Hua Hai, Kuchh Ho Gaya Hai (Kal Ho Na Ho – 2003) : A delightful song signifying how the person reacts when something very pleasant happens quite unexpectedly in his / her life. I have experienced this thing and hence can relate to it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio has composed very good music for this song whose beautiful lyric has been penned by Javed Akhtar. Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan have performed jovially on this song sung by Alka Yagnik and Shaan.
- Shaam Suhaani Aayi Khushiyaan Ban Ke Pehli Baar (Zinda Dil – 1975) : A long forgotten and underrated song soaked in happiness on which the hot pair of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh have given a heart-winning performance. Mahendra Kapoor, Shailendra Singh and Lata Mangeshkar have sung it under the music direction of Laxmikant Pyarelaal whereas the words have been written by Varma Malik.
- Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De, Tu Kis Pe Aa Gaya Hai (Bhai Bhai – 1956) : A hilarious song containing the enchanting voice of Geeta Dutt and the heart-conquering performance of Shyama. Madan Mohan has composed the lyric of Rajender Krishan.
- Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naacho Aaj, Gaao Aaj, Gaao Khushi Ke Geet (Andaz – 1949) : This song is a classic song of expression of joy but while listening to it carefully (and watching the scene in the movie), we can see that it contains the undercurrent of someone’s pain also who has to forgo his grief in the joy of others. Dilip Kumar has performed on Mukesh’s voice (normally Mukesh’s voice was used for Raj Kapoor) and Naushad has composed Majrooh’s lyric.
- Khushiyaan Hi Khushiyaan Hon Daaman Mein Jiske, Kyun Na Khushi Se Who Deewaana Ho Jaaye (Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Mann Bhaaye – 1977) : A popular delightful song sung by Yesudas, Hemlata and Bansi Sengupta for Prem Kishan, Shyamalee and Raameshwari in the movie. Lyricist as well as composer is Ravindra Jain.
- Kisi Ne Apna Bana Ke Mujhko Muskuraana Sikha Diya (Patita – 1953) : Love is something that is able to fill any heart with joy and clear every particle of gloom from that. This song underscores this eternal truth. Usha Kiran has performed on Lata’s voice. Shankar Jaikishan have composed Shailendra’s lyric.
- Diye Jalaayen Pyar Ke Chalo Isi Khushi Mein, Baras Bita Ke Aayi Hai Ye Shaam Zindagi Mein (Dharti Kahe Pukaar Ke – 1969) : An underrated and forgotten joyful song of Lata whose words have been penned by Majrooh, composition has been made by Laxmikant Pyarelaal and Nivedita has performed on it.
- Koi Roko Na Deewaane Ko, Mann Machal Raha Kuchh Gaane Ko (Priyatama – 1978) : It’s a beautiful joyous song which has been written by Yogesh and composed by Rajesh Roshan. Composer’s brother Rakesh Roshan has performed brilliantly on the voice of Kishore Kumar.
- Aye Ji Dil Par Hua Aisa Jaadu, Tabeeyat Machal Machal Gayi (Mr. & Mrs. 55 – 1955) : Another song declaring the joy produced by someone’s love for the singing person. Guru Dutt has performed on Rafi’s voice whereas has O.P. Nayyar has composed Majrooh’s lyric.
- Mil Gaye Mil Gaye Aaj Mere Sanam, Aaj Mere Zameen Par Nahin Hain Kadam (Kanyadaan – 1969) : A happy song in Lata’s voice with the performance of Aasha Parekh. Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyric has been composed by Shankar Jaikishan.
- Ye Kaun Aaya Roshan Ho Gayi Mehfil Kiske Naam Se (Saathi – 1968) : The heart sings when someone very close to it arrives on the scene and that’s what this song tells. Sung by Lata for Simi Grewal, this lyric of Shakeel Badayuni has been composed by Naushad.
- Kaun Aaya Ki Nigaahon Mein Chamak Jaag Uthi (Waqt – 1965) : Another song signifying the job that someone special’s arrival creates for the singing person. Sung by Asha Bhonsle for Saadhana, this lyric of Saahir Ludhiyanvi has been composed by Ravi.
- Din Hain Bahaar Ke Tere Mere Ikraar Ke (Waqt – 1965) : This Asha Bhonsle-Mahendra Kapoor duet is a joyful song which I missed to include in my review of romantic songs and later, in my review of nature-based songs. Picturized on Sharmila Tagore and Shashi Kapoor is again a creation of Ravi-Saahir team.
- Aha Aai Milan Ki Bela Dekho Aai, Ban Ke Phool Har Kali Muskuraai (Aai Milan Ki Bela – 1964) : A joyful duet of Rafi and Asha (with chorus) featuring the on screen performance of Rajendra Kumar and Saira Baanu (and others) whose lyric has been created by Shailendra and composition by Shankar Jaikishan.
- Kal Kya Hoga, Kisko Pata, Yaaro Zindagi Ka Le Lo Mazaa (Kasme Vaade – 1978) : A jovial song sung by the composer – Pancham Da (R.D. Burman) himself whose lyric has been written by Gulshan Baawra and Randhir Kapoor has performed on it. From another angle, this can be considered a philosophical song also.
- Ga Ke Jiyo To Geet Hai Ye Zindagi, Ro Ke Jiyo To Rona Hai (Atithi – 1978) : A song of happiness which underscores a great philosophy of living too. Sung by Anuradha Paudwaal, Kanchan and Kishore Kumar and picturized on Shabaana Aazmi, Vidya Sinha and Shashi Kapoor; this lyric of Anjaan has been composed by Kalyanji Anandji.
- Dhoom Mache Dhoom Aaj Ki Raina, Bhor Huye Tab Jaage Jawaani (Kaala Patthar – 1978) : I missed to cover this song in my review of night songs. It’s a song full of happiness and frolic which Saahir has written and Rajesh Roshan has composed. Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Baabi, Neetu Singh (with Amitabh Bachchan also in the scene) have performed on the voices of Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mahan, Lata etc.
- Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe Kitna Bhi Humko Diwana (Dil Chaahta Hai – 2001) : A joyful song which I love to listen to (and also watch) again and again. The way the singing of Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and KK is memorable, the same way the on-screen performance of Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna is memorable. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio has composed the tune for the lyric of Jaaved Akhtar.
Other than these top twenty songs, the following happy songs from Hindi movies are also very dear to me :
- Lara Lappa Lara Lappa Laai Rakhda (Ek Thi Larki – 1949) : An extremely popular jovial song of its time which had famed the heroine of the movie – Meena Shourie as the ‘Lara Lappa Girl’. She alongwith others have performed on this song which has been sung by Lata, Rafi, G.M. Durrani etc. Vinod has composed the lyric of Aziz Kashmeeri.
- Mera Salaam Le Ja, Dil Ka Payaam Le Ja (Uran Khatola – 1955) : A long forgotten highly melodious song full of joy, enthusiasm and frolic. Ladies singing the song aim it at someone hovering over their heads in the sky in a flying vehicle (Udan Khatola). Picturized on Nimmi and others (Dilip Kumar being in the Udan Khatola in the sky), it has been sung by Lata and chorus. Credit for the lyric goes to Shakeel Badayuni and for the tune goes to Naushad.
- Panchhi Banu, Udati Phiroon Mast Gagan Mein (Chori Chori – 1956) : Lata Mangeshkar’s classic joyful song filmed on Nargis. Shankar Jaikishan have composed the lyrics of Hasrat Jaipuri.
- Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi – 1958) : A completely Masti-Bhara duet of Kishore and Asha on which Kishore himself has performed with utmost joviality in the company of his real life sweetheart (and later wife) – Madhubala. S.D. Burman has composed Majrooh’s tickling words.
- Yahoo ! Chaahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe (Junglee – 1961) : An immensely popular joyous and enthusiastic song of Rafi, the singer and Shammi Kapoor, the actor. The intermittent call of ‘Yahoo’ is not in Rafi’s voice though. This is the voice of the film-writer, Prayaag Raaj. Shailendra’s lyric has been composed by Shankar Jaikishan.
- Jiya O Jiya O Jiya Kuchh Bol Do (Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai – 1961) : This immensely popular joyous song of its time is actually a romantic journey song which the hero (Dev Anand) sings for the heroine (Aasha Parekh) while being on the roof of the train-compartment in which she is travelling. Rafi has given voice to the words of Hasrat Jaipuri which have been strung in the melodious tune by Shankar Jaikishan.
- Masti Mein Chhed Ke Taraana Koi Dil Ka (Haqeeqat – 1964) : A song full of happiness and enthusiasm, sung by a soldier going on front. Sung by Rafi and picturized on Vijay Anand, this song has been penned by Kaifi Aazmi and composed by Madan Mohan.
- Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara (Jewel Thief – 1967) : A song being sung by a lonely but frolicky and enthusiastic youth who is expecting a sweetheart in his life any moment and his loneliness has not toned down his spirits. Brilliantly sung by Kishore Kumar and performed with equal brilliance by Dev Anand, this immensely popular song has been penned by Majrooh and composed by S.D. Burman.
- Bada Badmash Hai Ye Di (Do Dooni Chaar – 1968) : This song of Kishore Kumar (both sung and acted by him) can also be considered a comedy song but I consider it a joyous song coming straight from the heart of a happy-go-lucky person. Penned by Gulzaar and composed by Hemant Da (Hemant Kumar).
- Saamne Ye Kaun Aaya Dil Mein Hui Halchal (Jawaani Diwaani – 1972) : This song also could have been included in my review of romantic songs. Sung by Kishore with utmost joviality, Randhir Kapoor has performed on it with no less frolic. R.D. Burman’s tune has got the words from the pen of Anand Bakshi.
- Aajkal Paaon Zameen Par Nahin Padate Mere (Ghar – 1978) : A song declaring the inner happiness of the singer loud and clear, sung by Lata for Rekha in the movie, penned by Gulzaar and composed by Pancham Da (R.D. Burman).
- Aati Rahengi Bahaaren, Jaati Rahengi Bahaaren (Kasme Vaade – 1978) : A joyful song which I should have covered in my review of Philosophical songs. It underscores a great philosophy of life that good times keep on coming and going but it’s the happiness in your heart that will keep the world as always beautiful for you. Sung by Kishore Kumar, his son – Amit Kumar and Asha Bhonsle; this song features Amitabh Bachchan, Randhir Kapoor and Raakhee as screen performers. Gulshan Baawra’s thoughtful lyric has been composed by R.D. Burman.
- Thirkat Ang Lachki Jhuki Jhoomak (Paayal Ki Jhankaar – 1980) : A joyful song (which can be considered a devotional song too because it is from Raadha for Krishna) on which Komal Mahuvakar has performed beautifully. It’s shown in the movie that first she does not perform on this joyous song with complete devotion and involvement of her heart but the moment, her childhood friend – Gopal arrives and starts playing Tabla (tabor), her limbs are filled with newfound enthusiasm and happiness and then she delivers a heart-conquering performance before her Guru and others. That’s the strength of inner joy. Maya Govind’s lyric has been composed by Raj Kamal and sung by Alka Yagnik.
- Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai, Pyar Ka Iraada Hai (Saajan – 1991) : The jovial mood of this song is not to be felt just by listening to it in the voice of S.P. Balasubrahmanium but also by watching Salmaan Khan on the screen. Nadeem Shravan has composed Sameer’s lyric.
- Arre Re Arre Ye Kya Hua (Dil To Paagal Hai – 1997) : A popular joyous song which I like very much. Sung by Lata, Udit Naarayan and chorus; it has been picturized on Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan and others. Uttam Singh has composed the immensely popular tune for the lyric of Anand Bakshi.
- Koi Mil Gaya, Mera Dil Gaya (Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai – 1998) : A hilarious popular song full of joy and Masti which Sameer has penned and Jatin-Lalit duo has composed. Sung by Udit Naarayan, Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy; this song features Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Raani Mukherjee in a jovial mood (in their college life in the movie).
- Kurte Ki Baiyaan Ko Oopar Chadhaaike (Qila – 1998) : A jovial song on which Dilip Kumar has performed so brilliantly at the age of 76 years that it startles even his admirers. In the company of Mukul Dev and others, the Tragedy King of Hindi cinema has brightened up the screen in this song (in his last movie) which has been sung by Udit Naarayan and chorus, penned by Dev Kohli and composed by Anand Raj Anand.
- Hum To Bhai Jaise Hain Vaise Rahenge (Veer Zaara – 2004) : It’s an underrated song of this beautiful music album. Preity Zinta has delivered an energetic performance on the evergreen voice of Lata Mangeshkar whose talent was best used by the composer, (late) Madan Mohan only. Long after the demise of Madan Mohan, this tune got utilized in this movie and Jaaved Akhtar wrote the lyric.
- Maujan Hi Maujan (Jab We Met – 2007) : An immensely popular song sung by Meeka Singh and chorus; picturized on Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and others, penned by Irshaad Kaamil and composed by Preetam.
- Teri Or (Singh Is King – 2008) : It’s a popular joyful song of today’s birthday babe Shreya Ghoshal singing for Katrina Kaif. Shreya had won the Filmfare Award for best female playback singer for this song in 2009. She has sung it with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (giving voice for Akshay Kumar). Mayur Puri’s lyric has been composed by Pritam.
And finally, the unforgettable joyous song that I missed above – Uthein Sabke Kadam, Ta Ra Rum Pum Pum, Aji Aise Geet Gaaya Karo (Baton Baton Mein – 1979) written by Amit Khanna, composed by Rajesh Roshan and sung by Lata, Amit Kumar and Pearl Padamsee and filmed on Amol Palekar, Teena Munim, Ranjit Chowdhury and Pearl Padamsee.
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