Of Title songs in Bollywood


The trend of incorporating the words of the title of the movie in songs began during the black and white days. We cannot think of those movies without these songs. Some writers assume that this trend began with the Raj Kapoor-Hasrat Jaipuri/Shailendra-Shankar-Jaikishan combination and strongly continued till the 1970s. Naushad’s compositions rarely bring out the title of the movies. But, R D Burman’s title songs like Yadon ki baraat… and Hare Rama Hare Krishna… are still popular. Lakshmikant-Pyarelal also gave popular title songs like Aaye din bahaar ke…, Satyam Shivam Sundaram… and Hum bane tum bane ik duje ke liye… Even Vasant Desai (Jhanak jhanak payal baje…), Hemant Kumar (Bin badal barsaat…), Roshan (Dil hi toh hai…) and Khayyam (Noorie…) among others have also given us title songs.

The composition of title songs declined in the 1980s, due to various reasons. A R Rahman began reviving this trend in the late 1990s, with Dil Se (1998) and Taal (1999), on a small scale. With the success of movies like Uttam Singh’s composition in Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997), the trend seemed to have come back for keeps. However, the revival seems to be temporary. The stumbling block on the way of composing title songs is that today the titles are no longer inspired by poetry, traditional romantic sentiments and feelings inspired by values cherished for a lifetime, etc. Thus, there is no scope of really melodious, meaningful and inspiring title compositions in today’s movies.

Bollywood Says: Some title songs are as follows:

Jab bagon mein Jugnu chamke… Jugnu (1973)

Karte hain hum pyar Mr. India se… Mr. India (1987)

Dostonse pyar kiya… Shaan (1980)

Tere ghar ke samne… Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

Jiya o jiya o jiya kuch… Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961)

Sab kuch seekha humne… Anari (1959)

Kitne din yun dil tarsenge… Naya Zamana (1971)

Chupke chupke chal ri purvaiya… Chupke Chupke (1975)

Golmaal hai bhai… Gol Maal (1979)

Suno Sajna papihe ne… Aaye Din Bahaar Ke (1966)


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