Most iconic Bollywood OSTs of recent times
Shashwat Mohanty · May 14, 2019 · 3 Minute Read
Although the indie scene in India is steadily growing, featuring on a Bollywood soundtrack will undisputedly be when an artist makes a mark in the industry. Over the past few years, we have had some amazing songs and soundtracks that compliment the movies very well, and stay with the listener well after the movies have left theatre screens. So, what makes a great original soundtrack (OST)?
Simple; it can be enjoyed by itself, even without the movie. With the release of songs always the major point in the build-up to a movie, the emphasis on a good soundtrack has never been more important. Songs can make or break movies even before they hit the box-office, and Bollywood is known for its singing and dancing all around the world.
Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at ten of the most memorable soundtracks in the past few years:
1. Tamasha: Oscar-winning composer and musician A. R. Rahman is an established international genius, and he works his magic throughout Tamasha. Right from the start, Mohit Chauhan’s “Matargashti” sets a tone peppy tone, but gems like “Agar Tum Saath Ho” and “Safarnama” make it one of the most streamed soundtracks.
2. Airlift: With only six tracks, Airlift’s soundtrack runs at a breezy 22 minutes. However, this set of songs packs a punch, especially with two renditions of “Soch Na Sake”, both featuring Arijit Singh, along with a touching single by KK called “Tu Bhoola Jise.”
3. Bajirao Mastani: It’s not easy to make a soundtrack for a Bollywood movie, let alone make one that is set hundreds of years back and direct it. However, that’s what Sanjay Leela Bhansali is capable of and that’s exactly what he beautifully executes on the Bajirao Mastani soundtrack. Featuring a host of singers, songs such as “Deewani Mastani” and “Malhari” have become hits in their own right.
4. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Perhaps the most contemporary/pop soundtrack on this list, Pritam’s efforts have paid huge dividends. “Bulleya” and “Channa Mereya” went on to become some of the biggest Bollywood tracks of 2016, while the title track with Arijit Singh was very well received as well.
5. Befikre: It’s impossible to have a party and not play either “Nashe Si Chadh Gayi” or “Ude Dil Befikre,” two incredibly catchy songs. Vishal-Shekhar get together to create their hallmark magic yet again, but also show a more somber side in the instrumental track “Love Is A Dare.”
6. OK Jaanu: Perhaps most famous for its recreation of the yesteryear hit “The Humma Song,” A.R. Rahman’s OK Jaanu also hits some tender notes with “Enna Sona,” which was well received by the audience and critics. Keeping the mood with the tone of the movie, Rahman’s son, A. R. Ameen’s both songs “Maula Wa Sallim” and “Sun Bhavara” do an excellent job of conveying the storyline purely through the songs.
7. Raabta: “Main Tera Boyfriend” is a bonafide hit, but Raabta’s soundtrack is so much more than just a dance number. “Ik Vaari Aa” and the title track “Raabta” are both songs people in love can relate to.
8. Baar Baar Dekho: With a great mixture of both party dance hits and mellow songs, Baar Baar Dekho does a really good job of offering something for everyone. While songs like “Kaala Chashma” and “Nachde Ne Saare” keep your feet dancing to their beats, “Kho Gaye Hum Kahan” offers something to calm your mind.
9. Dangal: With a stellar background score, Dangal’s soundtrack has powerful hits like its title track by Daler Mehndi, and softer tunes such as “Gilheriyan,” by Jonita Gandhi. Aamir Khan tries his skills out at the recording studio for the third time in “Dhaakad” in his career.
10. Gully Boy: Perhaps one of the best soundtracks of the decade, Gully Boy’s music packs powerful and catchy tunes throughout. Focusing on the hip-hop scene in Mumbai, songs such as “Asli Hip Hop” and “Apna Time Aayega” have become anthems for today’s youth. The soundtrack also includes. Dub Sharma’s “Jingostan,” a mash-up of sound bites that outlines the younger generation’s irritation with mainstream and incumbent attitudes. Lastly, it also features a trademark Raghu Dixit single called “Train Song,” where Dixit powers through the song with his fast guitar and loud chorus.