Many of today’s campus generation have grown up on a generous diet of Dev Anand songs. Including me. Reason: our dads were huge fans of his songs. Like Hum hain rahi pyaar ke, Tu kahan ye bata, Main zindagi ka saath and Hai apna dil to aawara.
Vintage Kishore Kumar jewels like Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si and Shammi Kapoor songs like Lakhon hai nigaah mein and Taarif karoon kya uski continue to occupy top slots in iPods.
Coming of age
Those who have come of age of late still remember warbling Amit Kumar’s Yaad aa rahi hai, which plays in the turntable of the mind whenever away from home. Ask those in the banwaas of college hostels. And for those dance-at-home-with-brother-and-cousins there were the fast-paced tracks from Judwaa and Andaz Apna Apna. Ek pal ka jeena from Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai taught us cool Bollywood dance moves to be recorded on video and imitated.
On stage, the songs to perform were Dhol baaje, Maahi ve, Koi kahe..kehta rahe. For someone who had to move to Dubai and then Bahrain for a while, songs were the one umbilical connection to home. Like Jind maahi by Malkit Singh from Bend it Like Beckham. Ironically, now the song makes me nostalgic about Bahrain.
Falling in love
For those of us who fell in love, during out time on the campus, Chori chori and Chura lo na dil mera from Kareeb were our songs of serenade. A squabble with a girlfriend would lead to us lamenting Tune mujhe pehchana nahin (Raju Chacha). Incidentally, loving and losing cannot be expressed better than by Tanhayee (Dil Chahta Hai).
I experienced a different kind of loss when my grandfather passed away. During that phase, I listened to Le chale from My Brother Nikhil. That song is now associated with my grandfather’s memory and never fails to bring a tear to my eye.
Grooving to music
At college, the most popular songs during the festivals were Let the music play (Shamur), Gasolina (Daddy Yankee) and Paathshaala (Rang de Basanti). Aadat (Jal) and BC Sutta (Zeest) always drew the crowd crazy, asking form more.
Staple party favourites are Beedi jaliayle, Kajra Re, Dus bahaane, Khai ke paan Banaraswaala and Fanaa. And finally, of course, at farewell parties, emotions are stirred by Pal (KK) and Aakhri alvida (Strings).