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Soulful guitar chords, rhythmic drum beats, stirring background scores, lyrical overtones, jazz undertones, classical spins, evocative tunes and inspiring  musical ranges characterize this month’s Bollywood music selection. After one listen, you will want to download and put these melodies on repeat.

Vidya Sridhar works at NASA and is a mom of two elementary school children. She lives and breathes all things filmi.

5.London Thumakda

Movie: Queen
Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan
Singers: Labh Janjua, Neha Kakkar,
Sonu Kakkar
A catchy number with a wedding flavor to it. You get just the right mix of folk, traditional and fusion of Indian and Western instruments. The song reminds me of Monsoon Wedding.   


Movie: Hasee Toh Phasee
Music: Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Chinmayi Sripada, Shekhar
The song starts on a very languid note and quickly expands into a ballad that touches hidden places of the heart. It is expressive and soulful and is exactly how a romantic song should be.   

3.Maahi Ve

Movie: Highway
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers: A.R. Rahman

“Maahi Ve” was a later addition to the movie and, in Rahman’s voice, the song is pure magic. The notes descend from high to low and then the lows pace through the emotions of the actors. This song is mesmerizing.  

2.Yahaan Vahaan

Movie: Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Singers: Farhan Akhtar

Farhan’s husky voice adds incredible depth to this beautiful song. With the simplicity of the guitar in the background, the song is rendered instantly memorable. There is none of the usual layering of instruments and this makes it ever more interesting.

1.Shake it like Shammi

Movie: Hasee Toh Phasee
Music: Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Rakesh Kumar (Kumaar)
Singers: Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani

The second number in the movie, “Shake it like Shammi” is a youthful song, excellently delivered by Benny Dayal. The drumbeats of the song will surely make you want to “shake it” in every way.