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Best Bewildering Songs of Bollywood

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V Kumar has been writing on Bollywood movies and music for several years, highlighting perspectives that are often missed out or ignored.

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Different, Funny but Great!

Over its seventy odd years of musical history, Bollywood has experimented with fun, comedy and weirdness in a way that may be unique in the entire global film industry, because of the unparalleled popularity of songs and music in Bollywood movies. The results are some extremely unconventional songs, that offer more than comedy. These numbers are almost weird and sometimes border on being plainly outrageous. In a way, that was the reaction of creativity to the various taboos of the traditional society of those times and may have paved the way for more sensible experiments in its evolution.

However, some of these weird experiments have a great character that makes the stand out amid the crowd. They provide new dimensions of expression, comedy, creativity and fun. In their own way, they then attain the status of masterpieces.

Here is a list of ten best ustrange, unconventional and weird songs of Bollywood. Their greatness lies as much in their weirdness as in their music and choreography. It also brings to fore the adventurous spirit that tried to break all shackles, and succeeded, when backed by some of the great actors, musicians and singers.

DO AANKHE BARAH HAATH (1957)

A very interesting piece of dance and choreography

A very interesting piece of dance and choreography

Tak Tak Dhum Dhum .....

This is one of the great experiments with spontaneous dancing in Bollywood and you can feel the energy and rhythm as two young boys and eight convicts (in a reform project) dance to the tune of a female toy seller (played by Sandhya, whose dancing abilities are more than apparent). The song has a spontaneity, rhythm and choreography that you cannot expect even from the best in the business. At first glance, one can be at a loss at how to react, but regain your senses and you will realise the strange, but great artistic composition of this song-dance sequence. The movie Do Aankher Barah Haath, directed by V Shantaram, is one of the best ever in Bollywood. It was also the first to win a Golden Globe Award in 1959. The song is voiced by Lata Mangeshkar, music composed by Vasant Desai and lyrics written by Bharat Vyas.

ROJA (1992)

A piece of innovative dance sequence to depict the Wedding Night

A piece of innovative dance sequence to depict the Wedding Night

Rukmini, Rukmini, Shadi ke baad kya ....

An outrageous piece of creativity and innovation that beautifully brings about the preparations within the family and excitement about the wedding night. In a society where intimate scenes were taboo, the director, Mani Ratnam, arguably one of the best of his generation, resorts to a dance involving dancers from all ages to represent the community stake in an affair between two individuals. A lovey and impressive depiction of a wedding night from the eyes of a closed society. The greatness of the song is contributed largely its melody, composed by A R Rahman, another living legend. Voices are by Baba Sehgal and Shweta Shetty, and lyrics by P K Mishra.

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DELHI 6 (2009)

An excellent depiction mixing dance, music with Old Delhi and the spirit of a free bird

An excellent depiction mixing dance, music with Old Delhi and the spirit of a free bird

Masakali Masakali ......

This song is a classic piece of modern cine art at its best, combining some great music, composed again by the maestro, A R Rahman, with great innovative selection of Delhi's busy and yet colorful life in the background. It denotes the free spirit of a young girl (played by Sonam Kapoor) with a white pigeon being effectively used as its mascot, while a young American of Indian descent (played by Abhshek Bacchan) watches the whole thing with a fascination that tells you all. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and lyrics are by Prasoon Joshi.

AASHA (1957)

A hilarious song, with great fun: One of the first Westernized numbers of Bollywood

A hilarious song, with great fun: One of the first Westernized numbers of Bollywood

Eena Meena Deeka .....

If you want to witness the genius of Kishore Kumar , this song provides it on a platter. The year was 1957, with hardly any Western component in the classical based music of Bollywood till then, and out of nowhere, Kishore Kumar (the singer and also the lead male dancer) brings this milestone. A hilarious piece of comic dance performance, the replication by female lead, Vijayanthimala (sung by Asha Bhonsle) , equally unconventional and decades ahead of its time. The movie was directed by M V Raman and music composed by C Ramachandra , while lyrics are by Rajinder Krishan.

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YUVA (2004)

One of the best on screen depictions of fun and frolic by a married couple

One of the best on screen depictions of fun and frolic by a married couple

Kabhi Neem Neem Kabhi Shahad Shahad ....

The genius and creativity of Mani Ratnam, the director again comes to fore in this movie about a young hoodlum who gradually drifts towards organized crime. The spirited soul is seen in the movie enjoying with his wife, just reminding one that a couple can possibly have fun apart from sex too! The actors are Abhishek Bacchan and Rani Mukherjee. The melodious music is composed by A R Rahman again, and voiced by Madhushree and Rahman himself.

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PADOSAN (1967)

Another hilarious number belonging to the creative genius of Kishore Kumar

Another hilarious number belonging to the creative genius of Kishore Kumar

Bindu Re .....

One of the most hilarious and outrageously funny numbers ever seen in Bollywood, thanks again to the genius of Kishore Kumar (the singer as well as actor), who is a theater artiste in the movie and seen here as giving advice to his despondent and disappointed friend and pupil (played by Sunil Dutt) about what he should to woo his love (whose name is Bindu) . The movie is considered one of the best comedy movies ever made in Bollywood, and not without reason, as the song shows very clearly. Directed by Jyoti Swaroop and music composed by R D Burman.

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HUM SE HAI MUQABALA (1995)

An almost outrageous number with great dancing and music

An almost outrageous number with great dancing and music

Urvasi Urvasi .....

An exceptional piece of comic dancing by Prabhu Deva and Vadivelu, with their troupe, backed by some scintillating piece of music by A R Rahman. This movie, dubbed in Hindi from its Tamil version, titled Kandhalan, introduced Rahman to Bollywood. The dancing and antics, bordering on being outrageous, are nevertheless a treat to watch. The movie was directed by S Shankar and voices are of Shankar Mahadevan and Noell James in addition to Rahman himself.

LAWAARIS (1981)

A common folk song sung by eunuchs, glamorized by the superstar

A common folk song sung by eunuchs, glamorized by the superstar

Mere angne mein tumhara kya kam hai...

Based on common folk songs, the kind of which are being traditionally sung by eunuchs on family celebrations like marriage, it became the rage, thanks to the greatest ever superstar of Bollywood, Amitabh Bacchan, who reigned Bollywood in the eighties. Amitabh, who also sang it, dresses up as different females to set the screen ablaze in a hilarious and outrageous manner. The movie was directed by Prakash Mehra, the music composed by Kalyanji Anandji and lyrics written by Amitabh's father, Harivansh Rai Bacchan, who is considered a legendary poet in Hindi literature.

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SHEHNAI (1947)

This song depicts the free spirit of a young country ready to experiment with itself

This song depicts the free spirit of a young country ready to experiment with itself

Aana meri jaan Sunday ke Sunday ...

As the country enjoyed its freedom from colonial rule in 1947, this song was one of the first major attempts to break free from stereotypes and traditions by Bollywood. The scene, with a Western educated man trying to impress a married traditional wife, was considered outrageous at that time, though after 65 years of Bollywood, the boundaries of weirdness seemed to have widened much farther. Its hilarious lyrics are still very popular. The music composed by C Ramachandra, who also sang it (under the alias of Chitalkar) with Meena Kapoor. The funny lyrics were written by the director, P L Santoshi himself.

DO PHOOL (1973)

A titillating and equally hilarious hummable number, bordering on weirdness

A titillating and equally hilarious hummable number, bordering on weirdness

Muthu Kullika Vari Kall...

Another hilarious number depicting a young country couple breaking all barriers of modesty on the screen in a very comical way. the comic run around and antics of the couple (played by Mehmood, one of the best comedians ever of Bollywood and Anjana Mumtaz). It has great music too, sung by Asha Bhonsle with Mehmood. A number that is weird yet great. Directed by S Ramanathan and music composed by R D Burman.

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Comments

V Kumar (author) on April 13, 2013:

Thanks Sherry

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on April 13, 2013:

I'm not very familiar with Bollywood music, this is an entertaining hub.

V Kumar (author) on December 24, 2012:

Thanks.

Deepesh Ruhela on December 24, 2012:

Two more weird songs can be added to the list, one is Mera Naam Shabnam Hai from Movie "Kati Patang" and another one is Saj Rahi Gali Meri Amma Sunehre Gote Mein from movie "Kunwara Baap". :)

BlueLotus on November 01, 2012:

'Muthu Kullika..' had Mehmood opposite a South Indian actress. The actress is not Anjana Mumtaz. The song 'Arre re maaf karo...ja ja ja jane do' from the same movie (Do Phool) was picturized on Anjana Mumtaz with Aruna Irani, Mehmood and Vinod mehra :)

V Kumar (author) on August 31, 2012:

Your point is well taken. Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe would be in this list if it was only audio, but the video part of that song is less weird. The title of this hub earlier was Best weird songs of Bollywood - maybe that would explain.

gumsum70000 on August 31, 2012:

Dear Kumar

How can you exclude Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe, from the list? Is it a delibrate omission?

wbapartner on February 26, 2012:

My pick is Urvasi. Great peppy music, superb dancing. It was a rage when it first released.

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