There are songs that are pleasant to ears, there are songs are good to look at, there are songs that fall in both categories...and there are song that we still don't understand why they exist!
Nope, don't worry! We won't be discussing the bad songs here, because one time is enough! In this feature, we will looking at those Bollywood songs of 2015, that stood apart from the rest thanks to its visual flair and technical brilliance in the way they were shot. Some of them even belong to films that were not so succesful at the box office, yet to managed to impress us when they were aired for the first time.
Here are the list of ten such songs from this year.
Easily one of the most beautifully picturised songs of the year. Apart from SRK - Kajol's easygoing chemistry, the Icelandic locales and the props go a long way in making Gerua one of the most eye-pleasing songs even seen in recent times! If you still think that song is all green screen, I suggest you watch the making of the song before you start accusing the song of being a compilation of desktop wallpapers!
Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his keen eye for detailing. He is also known to present his heroines in the most beautiful manner possible. In the Deewani Mastani song, he has not only shown Deepika Padukone in the most prettiest manner possible, but also made sure that the visual beauty of the songs lingers in your mind. The use of colour dhani from Deepika's costumes, plus how the background dancers and the sets are so colour synchronised. And I really loved Priyanka's expressions in the song - there were mix of curiosity, admiration and trepidation! last of all, the Aisha Mahal recreated was simply mind-blowing!
Gallan Goodiyan (Dil Dhadakne Do)
Though Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do had its share of supporters as well as naysayers, her aptitude in technical brilliance as well as crafting superb dramatic moments cannot be doubted in the film. One of the best aspect of the films was the picturisation of the songs, especially Galla Goodiyan. This was one of the rare one take songs that featured most of the cast in the film (with the exception of Anushka Sharma). It is really hard to shoot an entire song with dance in one take, especially with the number of people involved and the confined space they were in, so kudos to Zoya and her team!
Vande Mataram (ABCD 2)
We were bound to see some fantastically choreographed songs in Varun Dhawan's ABCD 2. After all ABCD was one of India's best dance films, and the sequel is only bound to get bigger and better. Also the film is directed by one of the best choreographers in town, Remo D'Souza, and features some of the best dancing talent in hand, including the nimble-footed Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. Though there are many dance sequences in the film. it's Vande Mataram that impresses the most thanks to the impressive set-pieces and amazing choreography. Sure, there is too much dramatization, but the ABCD series is not know for its subtlety anyways. And who doesn't like a bit of patriotism in our songs?
It's okay for people to hate the songs of a film they once admired, when that particular song was first aired, after the released film turn out to be bad. The same happened with Shaandaar, whone Disney-like trailer and and song happened to impress people, before the final product turned out to be a fizzled out cracker. But credit must be given to where it deserves, and that's why Gulaabo deserves a place in this list! From Shahid Kapoor's fluid dance movies to Alia Bhatt more than matching up his steps efficiently to those Irish street set-pieces, the song has that touch of brilliance, the final film lacked!
Wat Wat Wat (Tamasha)
Though, personally, I found Tamasha to be a bit underwhelming, Ranbir nailed it to perfection with his role, and so did Deepika (though we could have had a bit more of her in the film). I also loved the picturisation of the songs be it Matargashti (Corsica, sigh!), Safarnama, Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai and my fave, Wat Wat Wat. What striked me most about the song, apart from the quirky lyrics and music by AR Rahman, was how the song was shot. From the auto driver singing Wat Wat Wat on his mela wala stage to showing flashes of Ranbir Kapoor's troubled past, as happy lyrics blends with the sad situation. Then suddenly we see the rickshaw driver singing the song without the accompaniment of any instruments. This is one of the most unusual songs of the film, and perhaps, the year.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)
Ok, the film didn't impress anyone as much we had expected Sooraj Barjatya to do when he had signed on Salman Khan to play Prem for the fourth time for him. What's special about PRDP though, is that Sooraj Barjatya left the family milieu, he is normally known for and went into Sanjay Leela Bhansali mode. The title track of PRDP is a prime example of this as it has huge props, too many background dancers and a lot of colours. If only, sooraj had bothered to leave the '90s behind, or in this case, the '80s...
Lip To Lip (Katti Batti)
Another interesting film of 2015 that failed to manage to evince interest in the viewers after its release, even though it had a likeable pair in Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan. The film began on a good note though, with the Lip to Lip song that had the lead pair doing a lot of cheat kissing. But it's the choreography that makes it stand out, thanks to the use of stop motion technology.
Selfie Le Le (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)
On the face of it, it is easy to dismiss this as another typical Salman Khan mass number. However, like the movie, even this song is much more than the regular stuff Salman Khan churns out. Sure there is the word of the decade 'Selfie' used in the lyrics, and there is over-abused deity worshipping that is used in almost every hero-establishing song! But director Kabir Khan has made sure the feel of the song is quite rustic and earthy, making Salman Khan's character grounded. The use of red colour and even the sets created manages to give the local flavour to the song. Sure, it's not ground-breaking, but it's surely eye-pleasing.
Jee Karda (Badlapur)
Jee Karda is one of a kind song, something that is rarely seen in Bollywood. There is so much anguish, there is so much pain in it, yet there is that rock vibe. The dark atmosphere, the usage of cobwebs, a different version of Badlapur station (for those people who have never travelled beyond Kalyan, Badlapur station looks nowhere like this!), and Varun Dhawan's energetic performance deserves a special place in the list!
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