11 Bollywood Classic Numbers — Dance Party Anyone?


by Subrina Singh

We have the ultimate list of “old-is-gold” hits and some recent songs that will go down in history as Bollywood classics. Let’s kick off our list with a typical Bollywood romance setting.

Best Bollywood dancing in the rain songs:

These songs are full of enthusiasm and despite the downpour,  the Bollywood stars aptly express their emotion of whimsical LOVE and DREAMS!

1. “Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye” — “Diwali Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

2. “Koi Ladki Hai” — “Dil To Pagal Hai” (1997)

Best summer love songs:

Moving on to some tunes you could bop your head to while you are thinking of your summer romance.

These songs confess love for each other in the most romantic ways! The classics, like “Kutch Kuch Hota Hai” never get old and express every emotion of newly found love with beautiful scenery–of course!

3. “You are my Soniye”– “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” (2001)

4. “Ooh La La Tu Hai Meri Fantasy” –– “Dirty Picture” (2011)

5. “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” – “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998)

Best Bollywood Summer Beach Songs:

What else do we love about the summer time? Oh yeah, trips to the beach!

The scenes in these Bollywood movies are simply breathtaking. During those hot months of the summer, there is one place we would all like to be 24/7– the beach! These songs with the beach as their backdrop take us to paradise and allow us to fantasize about our own special beach romances.

6. “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” — “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” (2000)

7. “Tauba Tumhare” — “Chalte Chalte” (2003)

Best Summer Wedding Jams:

Summer time equals wedding time, and who throws a better wedding then Bollywood?

If you have attended a wedding this summer, it is almost a guarantee that one of the performances included these two songs. if not, there were defiantly played a couple times as you jammed out on the dance floor!

8. “Dilli Wali Girlfriend”– “Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani” (2013)

9.  “Ainvayi Ainvayi” — “Band Baaja Baarat” (2010)

10. “Chane Ke Khet Mein”- “Anjaam” (1994)

Taking it back to what use to be the “go to dance number” for weddings!

11. “Baby Doll” — Ragini MMS” 2 (2014)

Lastly, the hottest Bollywood song of Summer 2014!


FIBASubrina Singh is a passionate young writer. After completing her degree in all things Indian at Stony Brook University, she is now pursuing her Master’s Degree at Columbia University. More recently, she has become committed to using her experience with mental illness to help better the mental-health awareness within the South Asian community. Subrina enjoys writing, reading and drinking Starbuck’s Passion Tea Lemonade while singing Bollywood hits of the Golden Era. Follow Subrina on Twitter for her reactions to Pretty Little Liars every Tuesday night! 

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‘The Romantics’: Revisiting the Legacy and Grandeur of Yash Chopra With Filmmaker Smriti Mundhra

The Romantics

If you are a South Asian, born in the ’80s or the early ’90s, chances are your ideas of love and romance are heavily influenced by Hindi films — that first gaze, the secret love notes, that accidental meeting somewhere in Europe, over-the-top gestures and dancing around trees. While reality may have been far from what was promised on reel, you still can’t stop pining over a hopeless romantic, with chocolate boy looks, chasing you across the earth and many universes; in the life here and the ones after. Somewhere deep down, you still dream of that possibility despite your husband sitting and sipping his morning coffee right next to you. And much of the credit for weaving this dreamland, that we can’t resist happily sliding into, goes to the legendary Yash Chopra. Award-winning filmmaker Smriti Mundhra’s docu-series, “The Romantics,” that released on Netflix on February 14, chronicles Chopra’s prolific career; offering an illuminating look into the highs and lows of his journey, his unblemished vision for Hindi cinema and sheer love for filmmaking. 

I wanted to look at Indian cinema through the lens of it being a major contributor to the global cinema canon and Yash Chopra seemed like the perfect lens to explore that because of the longevity of his career and the fact that he had worked across so many different genres. His films, for so many of us, defined what Hindi cinema is.

— Smriti Mundhra

As “The Romantics” unveils, in a mere episode — a challenging feat in itself — Chopra did experiment with multiple genres as a budding filmmaker, initially under the shadows of his elder brother B.R. Chopra. From the religiously sensitive “Dharamputra” and the trendsetting “Waqt” to the action-packed and iconic “Deewaar.” It wasn’t until later on in his career that he set a precedent for a Hindi film having a wholly romantic narrative; though “Waqt” did offer the perfect glimpse into what would go on to become Chopra’s cinematic imprint. And then came “Chandni” which ushered in a new era for Hindi cinema; defying the formulaic approach to box office success and making love stories the golden goose.

In the words of more than 30 famous faces, a host of archival videos and interviews, and personal anecdotes, audiences get an extensive insight into the life and career of Yash Chopra and the evolution of his vision through the business acumen and genius of his polar opposite son and a famous recluse, Aditya Chopra. “The Romantics” is not a fancy portrait of a legendary filmmaker but an exploration of what goes into making a successful film family and a path-breaking production house. As viewers, we not only get a peek into the making of a fantasy creator but also learn of the many failures, hurdles and uncertainties that the business of filmmaking comes packaged in, the impact of socio-political shifts on the kind of content being produced and demanded, and just how much control we have as an audience over the fate of the film and the filmmaker.

For both the uninitiated and fanatics, there are some interesting revelations like Shah Rukh Khan’s lifelong desire to become an action hero as opposed to a romantic one and the creative conflict between Aditya Chopra and his father Yash Chopra on the sets of “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge” — a project that, surprisingly, did not seem too promising to the latter. Mundhra penetrates deep into the family’s history and industry relationships evoking some really candid conversations; almost as if these celebs were eagerly waiting for their moment to speak. With one appraising interview after the other, it’s a panegyric that does border on being a tad tedious but there is enough depth and fodder in there to keep one hooked. Kudos to Mundhra for managing to achieve cohesion despite there being more than enough material to chew on. In the process of bringing this project to life, Mundhra also ends up achieving a number of milestones: one that the series features the last of actor Rishi Kapoor’s interviews and two, it brings Aditya Chopra, who, it appears, can talk a blue streak contrary to popular belief, to the front of the camera after almost two decades. The moment when he puts the nepotism debate to rest by referring to his brother’s catastrophic attempt at acting is quite the show-stealer.


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At some point during the four-episode series, you might question if it’s fair to credit the Yash Raj family for being the only real changemakers of the Hindi film industry and for picking up the baton to get Hindi cinema the global recognition that it has. But then there is no denying the Chopra clan’s body of work, their ability to understand what pleases the crowd and their commitment towards growth and progress amidst changing times and technology — Yash Raj Studios is in fact the only privately held and one of the biggest, state-of-the-art film studios in India. Chopra’s career and legacy are in no way under-lit that Mundhra can claim to throw new light on with “The Romantics.” But what she really has on offer here are sheer nostalgia, some fascinating discoveries and an ode to a cinephile and his art with a bit of fan service.

In an interview with Brown Girl Magazine, Mundhra discusses why it was so important for Chopra to be the subject of her docu-series, her own learnings during the series’ research and creative process and her accomplishment of getting Aditya Chopra to talk, and that too, at length.

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