This Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime piece will remind the readers about the best Bollywood songs of 2019
Bollywood songs are not always about female extras in skimpy clothes. This year, many film songs that does not fall under the item song category received mainstream popularity. The return of Pritam with "Kalank" after a long hiatus, the musical drama "Gully Boy," AR Rahman’s composition for the long awaited "The Fakir of Venice"- 2019 was full of treats for the music savvy Bollywood fans. This Dhaka Tribune Showtime piece will remind the readers about the best Bollywood songs of 2019.
Song: "Wako Naam Fakir"
Film: "The Fakir of Venice"
Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor, Kamal Sidhu
AR Rahman does not work for two or three films a year like the old days. Now it is one film or less per year from this Oscar winning composer. "Wako Naam Fakir" is a blues-based rendition of a 15th-century song by the mystic Kabir, showcasing Rahman’s superior talent and versatility.
Film: "Gully Boy"
Stars: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt
Out of the stellar 18-song "Gully Boy" album, Jingostan stands out with producer-rapper Dub Sharma’s brave lyrics criticizing the direction India has turned towards in recent years.
Song: "Ve Maahi"
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra
This song leaves a mark because of its tune and the vocals by Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur in a time when Punjabi romantic ballads are too common in Bollywood.
Stars: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor
Arijit Singh sings to Pritam’s tune and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics in this memorable song from a not so memorable film (IMDb: 3.6/10).
Film: "Super 30"
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Nandish Singh
Udit Natayan and Sreya Ghoshal sings to Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics in "Jugraafiy," based on life of mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna.
Film: "Mission Mangal"
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Nithya Menon
The talented Shilpa Rao renders her voice to a slow-moving track with a great tune in "Shaabaashiyan." The song is as inspirational as the film, which is based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.