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Top 5 break-up songs in Bollywood

These are songs that quintessentially talk about the break-up and not the disappointments that comes with the heartbreak associated with it.

brunch Updated: Mar 18, 2017 21:36 IST
Supriya Sharma
Supriya Sharma
Hindustan Times
The new Arijit Singh song, Channa Mereya, from Karan Johar’s soon-to-release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil , has already become a break-up anthem

The new Arijit Singh song, Channa Mereya, from Karan Johar’s soon-to-release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has received glowing reviews. It got us thinking about other great break-up songs in Bollywood.

Did you know there is a difference between a heartbreak and a break-up song though the two are often clubbed under sad songs? A heartbreak song could encompass all sorts of romantic disappointments, from being jilted, rejected, duped to being friendzoned, while a break-up song is strictly about the ending of a relationship (mutually or otherwise).

A song like the title track from the Sanjeev Kumar-Jaya Bhaduri starrer Anamika (1973) or the one from the 2009 film New York (Tune Jo Na Kaha) picturised on Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif would fall under the first category, while the famous Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se Ajnaabi Ban Jayen Hum Dono from BR Chopra’s 1963 film Gumrah (picturised on Sunil Dutt) is clearly one about ‘conscious uncoupling’. So in case you’re going through a break-up, take your pick of the background score from this list of millennial songs:

Title track Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006)

Javed Akhtar’s poetry, music composition by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik as the playback. Need I say more? This title track comes at a significant point in the film about adultery. Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji decide to end their extramarital affair and confess to their respective spouses, hoping they’d be forgiven. Both aren’t and eventually get divorced, but they lie about it thinking they are saving each other’s marriages. It is clearly a double whammy for them and they go about moping around New York looking miserable, lonely and still so gorgeous!

Emosanal Attyachaar
Dev D

This iconic song from Anurag Kashyap’s modern re-telling of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s tale of tragic lowe, has become a catchphrase in pop culture. There are two versions of this peppy number (rock and brass band) that’ll make you want to dance the hurt away or reflect if you’re being a Dev. Kashyap interprets Devdas as an egoistic moron who digs his own grave, and is the one inflicting emosanal attyachar on his women. The song is picturised on Paro’s wedding where a sloshed Dev tries to create a scene, but passes out even before he can get to her.

Chor Bazari
Love Aaj Kal

Chor Bazari, from Imtiaz Ali’s film about modern love, celebrates breaking up and depicts one of the best kind: mutual and hurt-free (like that is even possible!). The characters (played by Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone), who were once in a relationship, meet up after years of being away from each other. They hang out as friends, sing, dance and frolic around Delhi. While at it, they also list out the pros of being single and the sheer relief at being free from the vexations that are inevitable when your happiness depends on another person.

Ja Chudail
Delhi Belly (2011)

Scream therapy is a real thing and screaming songs therapeutic in overcoming post-breakup heartbreak. In a dream sequence in this film, Vir Das’s character, after being dumped by his girlfriend for a rich guy, does exactly that. In this rock n roll hollering fest of a song, Das, dressed as a nerdy Elvis, gatecrashes her wedding and vandalises it while listing out her crimes. Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, sung by Suraj Jagan, the song is obviously not great poetry but with lyrics like “tujh ko kadar nahi yeh le dekh thenga mera”, it makes you laugh out loud for sure.


The Queen mother (Ratna Pathak Shah) disapproves of her son (Fawad Khan) marrying a loud, silly physiotherapist (you really can’t blame her, Sonam Kapoor is super annoying as Dr Mili). Hence, the need for this beautiful number written by Amitabh Verma and sung by Jasleen Royal. The song is picturised on Kapoor and Khan going through post-breakup sadness and mood swings: being grumpy, weepy and distracted by turns. As in all cases of heartbreak, there is a lot of crying too (enough to make you feel sorry for Dr Mili).

From HT Brunch, October 16, 2016

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First Published: Oct 15, 2016 19:10 IST