Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan

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Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan

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Diwali Tunes in Bollywood!

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M_Id_448890_Kabhi_Khushi_Kabhie_Gham...In honor of Diwali weekend.. here is your Top 10 List of Popular Diwali Songs in Bollywood…through the decades! If you notice, between the 1940’s and 1970’s, Bollywood loved celebrating this holiday and even included the actual word “Diwali” in the song titles.  As the years passed, however, there were fewer song/dance numbers dedicated to the celebration of the Indian New Year. Filmmakers instead focused energies into portraying other colorful Indian festivals such Holi and Navratri.  Nonetheless – let’s take a listen to the songs that remind us of the festival of lights, Diwali. Sal Mubarak!

Here is the youtube playlist link of the songs below – perfect for your Diwali party!

Song Movie Year Singers
Aai Diwali Rattan 1944 Zohrabai Ambalawali
Kaise Diwali Manaye  Paigham 1959 Mohammed Rafi

Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain 

Nazrana 1961 Mukesh
Deep Diwali Ke Juthe Jugnu 1973 Kishore Kumar
Tere Mere Pyar Ka Begunnah 1991 Kishore Kumar
Aayee Hai Diwali Suno Ji Gharwaali.  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Alka Yagnik
Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham 2001 Lata Mangeshkar
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Mohabbatein 2001 Shweta Pandit Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav,
Happy Diwali Home Delivery 2011 Vaishali, Surthi, Divya, Suraj, Sunidhi Chauhan
India Waale Happy New Year 2014 Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan

Movie Review: Mary Kom

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Release Date: September 5th, 2014

Director: Omang Kumar

Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Genre: Drama

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has succeeded once again! This drama is based on the autobiography Unbreakable (2013) of the professional Indian Boxer, M.C. Mary Kom. It is undoubtedly a must-see film! I honestly believe this is Priyanka Chopra’s best work yet. Her acting genuinely portrays Mary Kom’s struggles, courageous endeavors, perseverance and dedication to both her personal and professional life. Mary Kom, however, could not have won five World Amateur Boxing Championships without her unbelievably supportive spouse, Onler Kom (Darshan Kumaar) and coach (Sunil Thapa). Watch the movie to find out how she balances being a mother of two while winning gold medals for her country!

The Positives:

1.The story is unique: Mary Kom is continuing to pursue her Boxing career today – whereas in many other biopics, the person being portrayed is deceased or retired from their career. The audience is better able to relate with the heroine while the real Mary Kom has certainly expanded her fan club!

  1. The acting – Priyanka Chopra gets a big thumbs up. She will definitely be winning some awards. The others including the coach (Nepalese actor, Sunil Thapa) and Onler (Darshan Kumar) were excellent supporting actors.
  1. The look – PChops did not take a break while working out for this film! Her makeup/body build was absolutely perfect and matches Mary Kom’s pretty well. Watch behind the scenes of her workout routines!
  1. Stereotypes broken – majority of Bollywood films still portray the woman as the home maker and the man as the bread winner – however this is a prime example of just the opposite. Mary Kom finds a man who is willing to put his wife’s dreams first and he opts to stay at home with the babies. How romantic!
  1. The songs – the soundtrack is fantastic! It’s the type you can hear over and over and not get bored. Patriotic, energizing, and peaceful. Did you know that Priyanka Chopra sang the “Chaoro Lori” herself?

The Negatives:

  1. “Behind every successful woman is herself” NOT true in this movie! The story is obviously about Mary Kom – but little attention is given to her support structure and loving husband, Onler! He is a true “hero” and portrays that fathers can make sacrifices too and be great in leading the parenting.
  2. The story is slow in the beginning – but develops Mary Kom’s character very quickly.

In theater or DVD, Mary Kom is more than worth a watch! I guarantee you will leave feeling nothing but proud, patriotic, and empowered at the end of this film.

Fun Fact: On October 1st, 2014, Mary Kom won her first Gold Medal at the Asian Games held at IncheonSouth Korea in the flyweight (51KG) summit clash. This was the first Gold medal for any Indian woman at Asian Games. Her future goals include winning the Gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil and setting up a Boxing Academy in Manipur/throughout Northeast India.

Fun Face #2: Mary Kom also has started a female-only fight club at Imphal to teach girls to defend themselves against sexual violence in India. Mary Kom wants Priyanka Chopra to become this program’s brand ambassador.

Rating Breakdown:

Acting: 4.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Costumes: 3/5
Sets/Filming Location: 3.5/5
Songs: 4/5
Eye Candy: 3/5
Length of Movie: 3/5

Rated: PG
Overall: *** (3.5/5) or 7/10

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

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