The Hindi Film Industry is known to have songs for all occasion. Be it love, marriage, party, seasons, etc. You name it, they have it! So, as the mercury drops, let us curl into a soft blanket, with some hot coco, light a fire maybe, and surrender ourselves to the magic of music.
Here are few new-age (if we can call it so) winter themed songs which remind us of the cold breeze, snow and all things winter.
1. Subhan Allah – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)
This Ranbir Kapoor – Deepika Padukone starrer was a romantic drama directed by Ayan Mukherjee. Filled with youthful, foot taping music by Pritam, almost every song was appreciated by the audience.
The song starts with a long guitar prelude and the silken voice of Sreeram acts like the warmth of the bonfire on a cold December night, which is seen in the song too.
2. Kismat se tum humko mile ho – Pukar (2000)
This A.R. Rahman-Javed Akhtar song echoes in the glaciers, reaches our ears and stay with us for a very long time. Filmed at the Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska it takes us to dream-like state where we lose the sense of reality as if we become numb due to the ice and surrender to the sheer brilliance which is presented to us. The film has many songs which have a longer runtime than the average songs, this particular song longs for 6 minutes 20 seconds but we hardly think about the length when it comes to beautiful music. Sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Sonu Nigam, the high-pitched notes will definitely take you by surprise.
3. Ye haseen waadiya – Roja (1992)
Roja was one of those regional language films which was accepted by the entire country with open arms. Its story, cast, cinematography and most of all music was highly appreciated. Written and directed by Mani Rathnam, this Arvind Swamy-Madhoo starrer was dubbed in Hindi and other regional languages too. A. R. Rahman debuted as a film composer with Roja and he won the National Award for music direction among other prominent awards. The soundtrack of the movie finds its mention in TIME magazine as the “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time in 2005.
Shot in the snowy Shrinagar, just listen to the mesmerizing music when the heroine Madhoo looks at the snow-clad mountain for the first time. The entire song after that takes us on a romantic tour through the misty weather. Enjoy the snow, enjoy the Shikara.
4. Zara sa jhoom loon main – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, popularly known as DDLJ, proved to be a cult movie at that time. It is the longest running film, 20 years, in Indian Cinema till date. This love story starts in the European locales and reaches its happy ending in the arms of Punjab. Music was an integral part of this film and all the songs were hit and still played on radio and television. The music was given by the talented Jatin-Lalit. Onscreen magic was created by the ever-romantic Shah Rukh Khan and the very talented Kajol.
A particular line finds mention “Thandi thandi pawan, jalta hai yeh badan…” the way Asha ji sings the words thandi thandi actually creates a sort of effect that we automatically feel the cool breeze while listening to it.
5. Katiya karoon – Rockstar (2011)
This song is based on the Punjabi folk song of the same name. The literal meaning of the words Katiya karoon literally translates to I will spin cotton for you the whole night. This means that I will do anything for you as my entire day passes thinking about you. This song features Ranbir Kapoor and the beautiful Nargis Fakhri. The song appears in bits and pieces in the film on different occasions showing the journey of the hero heroine. We are sure that after listening to this song, you will hum the beginning for a very long time.. “Ting a ling ling..”
6. Chanda chamke cham cham – Fanaa (2006)
Enjoy this tongue twister from Fanaa. Shot in the snow, this family song makes us get up and want to play in the snow forgetting our worries.
7. Chappa chappa charkha chale – Maachis I(1996)
In India, when we talk about winter, Kashmir will be the first topic to be discussed and when we talk about Kashmir, Machis will some or the other way will find its mention.
This song, like the movie, is about the rebellious youth of Kashmir fighting for existence. The charkha has been a symbol of freedom struggle and independence in India from a long time. Although the lyrics of the song and the theme of the movie are serious, the song itself has quite an upbeat music. It has a good blend of Kashmiri and Punjabi instruments. The foot-tapping rhythm makes it a favourite amongst the dance-loving people as well.
8. Yeh ishq haaye baithe bithaaye – Jab We Met (2007)
This iconic film created waves around the country with its simple theme, amazing acting and sweet music. This song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and music given by Pritam (one of his best till date), while the lyrics are by Irshad Kamil. Picturised extensively in the Northern India, Manali and Shimla were the major locales for songs.
Kareena Kapoor, as the bubbly Geet, does justice to the song and makes it a must watch for all film lovers.