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The new year brings with it a bunch of new releases and promises for lots of great albums. I am personally looking forward to Highway by A.R.Rahman. Lots of fun music and big banner releases to look forward to this year.

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

5. Tere Naina Maar Hi Dalenge

Movie Jai Ho; Music: Sajid-Wajid

Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan
Singers: Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shabab Sabri
Salman’s first movie after almost a year, so, needless to say, it must be good. Sallu Bhai has a thing for “naina.”  “Tere Naina” will remind you of “Tere Mast Mast do Nain” and “Dagabaaz Re.” Totally beautiful. The refreshing use of tabla instead of the dhol is welcome.

4. Malang

Movie: Dhoom 3; Music Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan
Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Shilpa Rao
This is an awesome composition that has a superb fusion of sufi and rock, camouflaged in an Arabic, Western and Hindustani background. The “Dhoom” signature tune has been incorporated within the “Malang” track perfectly.

3. Patakha Guddi

Movie: Highway; Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers: Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran

Finally A.R.Rahman and a song that is really refreshing and different. This song grows on you. It sounds both modern as well as rustic.  The mood is masterfully manipulated by Rahman.

2. Punjabi Wedding Song

Movie: Hasee Toh Phasee; Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal

The latest from the Dharma banner by Vishal-Shekhar. I love this song and you will too. It’s one of those you won’t be able to get out of your head. Upbeat and rhythm heavy with a strong Punjabi flavor, this will definitely be replayed at Indian weddings across the globe.

1. Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya

Movie: Dedh Ishqiya; Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

This ballad is just exquisite. It is one of those haunting songs with beautiful music and unforgettable lyrics by Gulzar. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s soulful voice reaches hidden places and floods with warmth.