Top 10 Bollywood Songs of the Week: January 20th 2017

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Bollywood is off to a spectacular start in 2017! This new year brings a few remixes of old classics that are becoming quite popular with this generation’s listeners and dancers. A.R. Rahman’s “The Humma Song” is remixed from the original 1998 “Humma Humma” from the movie Bombay.  “Laila Main Laila” from Raees starring Shahrukh Khan is a modern day take on the original from the movie Qurbani in 1980. Ok Jaanu holds several spots on this week’s charts, and likely will keep #1 for several more weeks to come! Close behind is my favorite of the week, the garba song “Udi Udi Jaye.” This track will surely be a popular one for wedding performances. Check out the full list below.

Rank Song Title Movie, Starring Music Director, Singers Best Time to Listen
1.        The Humma Song Ok Jaanu, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor A.R. Rahman, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Jubin Nautyal, Shashaa Tirupati Evening, Dance
2.         Udi Udi Jaye Raees, Shahrukh Khan, Sunny Leone, Mahira Khan Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi, Karsan Sagathia, Javed Akhtar Anytime, Dance
3.        Zaalima Raees, Shahrukh Khan, Sunny Leone, Mahira Khan Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur Daytime
4.        Ok Jaanu Ok Jaanu, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor A.R. Rahman, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Gulzar Evening, Daytime
5.        Enna Sona Ok Jaanu, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh Morning
6.        Channa Mereya   Ae Dil Hai Mushkil  – Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma Arijit Singh Morning, Daytime
7.        Laila Main Laila Raees, Shahrukh Khan, Sunny Leone, Mahira Khan Pawney Pandey, Ram Sampath Evening, Dance
8.        Ude Dil Befikre Befikre ­– Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor Benny Dayal Evening, Dance
9.        Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Ae Dil Hai Mushkil  – Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma Arijit Singh Morning, Daytime
10.    Nashe Si Chadh Gayi Befikre ­– Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor Benny Dayal Evening

 

 

Movie Review: Dangal

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Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Music: Pritam Chakraborty

Production: Aamir Khan Productions, Walt Disney Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures

Starring: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Release Date: December 21, 2016

Genre: Sports Drama

Bollywood cinema in the year 2016 ends with the much-awaited release, Dangal, starring the one and only, Aamir Khan, and impressive debutants Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. Dangal (translation: “wrestling arena,”) is a biographical sports drama based on the female Indian wrestler, Geeta Phogat and her sister Babita Kumari. Geeta Phogat is known as India’s first female wrestler to win (gold medal!) at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Dangal tells the story of how Geeta’s father and former wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), struggles to coach his daughters to achieve this noble victory in a society where women are not recognized in the “man’s sport” of wrestling. How do the girls achieve this feat? Can they make their father’s dream come true? Check out Dangal to find out!

Fun Fact: Dangal has already hit the 300-crore club in just 13 days since its release, surpassing Sultan and PK.

The positives:

  1. Dangal is based on a true story. No worries about wasting your time on a cheesy masala flick. Best part is, you’ll learn a thing or two about mud and mat wrestling.
  2. Aamir Khan’s performance was impeccable – what else would you expect from this legendary Bollywood hero? He accepts his age and plays the roles that suit him, rather than pretending like he’s still a 25-year-old bachelor like some other Bollywood actors we know…
  3. The songs and music – great work by Pritam. My favorite is the title track, which will easily get stuck in your head. The songs don’t distract you from the movie itself and are more just background soundtrack. Another catchy song is the playful track “Haanikarak Bapu.”
  4. Dangal is NOT the same storyline as Salman Khan’s wrestling movie, Sultan, released July 2016. Both have their charms; Dangal is based on a true story while Sultan is a fictional love story with more traditional Bollywood masala and comedy. 

 The negatives:

  1. Okay, I lied. Not everything in Dangal is based on truth. After you’ve seen the movie, check out this link to read about the few scenes that deviated from the real story.
  2. “Fat to Fit.” If you haven’t seen this video on how Aamir Khan gained and then lost 55 lb for this movie, you’re in for a shock. Sure it’s incredible how he was able to transform his body so drastically, but why would they only show off his “FIT” phase in the movie for a mere 30 second flashback?? aamir-fat-to-fit_759
  3. The length of the movie – much of the first half was slow and dragged on a bit. Although you are captivated for most of the time, there are moments where you wish you could just grab a remote and press fast forward.
  4. The overall message: Dangal is not just a film about girl power. I was surprised how the focus of the plot felt more about Mr. Phogat’s desire to accomplish his dreams through his children, about the relationship between father and daughter, and the fight to achieve something for yourself rather than for someone else.

In summary, Dangal is a must-see Bollywood film that you don’t want to miss. Perfect for a family outing including parents, kids and senior citizens. Whether you’re an Aamir fan, a sports fan, or a daughter, father, or sister, this one’s for you!

Acting: 5/5
Story: 4/5
Costumes: 3.5/5
Sets/Filming Location: 4/5
Songs: 3.5/5
Eye Candy: 3.5/5
Length of Movie: 2/5
Overall: **** 7.5/10

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