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Acoustic songs are rare in the Mumbai movies, but leave one enchanted. Nikhil Taneja on recent guitar-based songs...

music Updated: Sep 29, 2008 20:02 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Nikhil Taneja on the recent guitar-based movie songs...

Acoustic songs are rare in the Mumbai movies. But acoustic melodies always leave you enchanted. They have that feel-good factor which lifts your mood and puts a smile on your face. Though we don’t hear too many songs based on acoustic guitar tune, here are some which are truly exceptional:

* Kabhi kabhi Aditi (Jaane Tu....Ya Jaane Na)
AR Rahman
When the Aditi promos went on air, the sugar-kissed guitar solo in the beginning of the song made hearts aflutter. Singer Rashid Ali got his big break. It might just become the next teeny bopper classic. It has given Aditis of the world a reason to smile — they have a song to be serenaded with.

* Nazrein milaana (Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na)
AR Rahman
This one is a perfect foil for dull and lazy afternoons.The lyrics describe the state of mind of the Gen Y, confused in love and life.. trying hard to figure out Yeh dil chahta hai kya. There’s a solution too — call a bunch of friends over, organise a guitar and sing away your blues with the song.

* Kholo kholo darwaze (Taare Zameen Par)
Sung by Raman Mahadevan, it was the emotional highpoint of the movie. The exceptionally manoeuvred guitar strings added soul to the movie’s tear-jerking climax. The song inspires.. as the chords ebb and flow, like our emotions do.

* Saawariya (Saawariya)
Monty Sharma
Sanjay Leela Bhansali used the gorgeous guitar solo at the beginning of the song, interspersed with the mellifluous voice of Shail Hada. Promos of Ranbir Kapoor’s sharp dance steps and Sonam Kapoor’s ethereal face from behind a curtain caught the nation’s fancy.

* Rubaroo (Rang de Basanti)
AR Rahman
The composer’s golden touch gave singer Naresh Iyer his big break. The superlative strumming combined with some delightful whistling created magic. Its placement in the movie transformed the song from the feel-good campus anthem to the radical theme of an utopian world.