I’ve been meaning to do this type of post forever (since I brought the blog back). But for one reason or the other (or no reason at all), I kept not doing it. And it’s appropriate that I start with Dil Se. Back in the day when Dil Se songs came out, I was in the process of collecting songs and listening to them (like any normal song listener person). But once I heard the Dil Se songs I stopped collecting more songs. I didn’t collect any new songs for the longest time. I remember friends asking me in high school, “Hey Adnan, what are you listening to now?”. “Dil Se”, I’d say. This was normal, because at that time those songs were new. Then months later, I was asked the same question, I gave the same answer. About even a year later, when they’d ask, I’d still say, “Dil Se”.

Generally in an album it’d be easy for me to list the songs I like most in order. This is difficult here.

E Ajbaniaudiovideo

I think the slow rhythmic approach to this song captures me the most. The constant drum beats in the background.

tu to nahin hai, lekin teri muskurahat hai
chehra kahin nahin hai, par teri aahatein hai
tu hai kahaan kahaan hai?
tera nishaan kahaan hai?
mera jahaan kahaan hai?
main adhoora… tu adhoori… ji rahi hai

Satrangi Reaudiovideo

I think this song is very unique in that it embodies the whole essence of the movie in it. I think the video of the song is out of this world, it’s fascinating. It’s shot around sand, snow, fire, water, with strong elements of wind. Shahrukh is constantly wearing black (except the ending) while Manisha is wearing cloths of all sorts of colours. Then at the end of the song they’re both wearing white. And in the background you hear, “mujhe maut ki gaud mein sone de, teri ruh mein jism duboone de”. This essentially is the whole movie.

koi nur hai tu kyun dur hai tu
jab paas hai tu ehsaas hai tu
koi khwaab hai ya parchaai hai
satrangi re satrangi re

Chaiyya Chaiyyaaudiovideo

This song is shot on top of a train. Need I say more?
Fabulous lyrics! The beats mimicking the motions of a train, just brilliant!

yaar misaale os chale
paaon ke tale phirdoos chale
kabhi daal daal, kabhi paat paat
main hawaa pe dhoondho uske nishaan

main uske roop ka sehdai
woh dhup chaau sa harjai
woh shokh hai rang badalta hai
main rang roop ka saudai
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Dil Se Reaudiovideo

dil to aakhir dil hai na
meethi si mushkil hai na

dil hai to phir dard hoga
dard hai to dil bhi hoga
mausam guzarte rehte hai
dil se dil se dil se re
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Thayya Thayyaaudio

I love the way he says:

aaja sajna, aaja sajna
nai te mein mar gaiya