Editor SAMIL SALIM reviews one of the latest albums...
Very Best Bollywood Songs" is
a brave title to have. With hundreds and thousands of songs to
choose from, it is an even more difficult title to justify.
Where do you start? Which songs do you pick? Where do you
stop? All these questions must be answered.
In an industry
where the success of a film is strongly linked to the success
of its songs, a good starting point is to look at some of the
blockbusters over the years. It is evident from the
compilation that all the songs have been selected from hit
films. The selection spans over four decades, from 1969
to 2000. Ranging from the 1971 masterpiece "Chalte
Chalte" from the movie Pakeezah,
in which Lata joins forces with lyricist Kaifi
Azmi, who is regarded as one of the great contemporary poets.
To the modern day hit "Tujhe Delkha To" from
the 1995 mega hit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This
remains one of Jatin Lalits most celebrated songs and also one
of Lata Mangeshkar's last playback takes before
The Cd is quite diverse and has a song for almost everyone. My
personal favourite being "Kabhie Kabhie Mere
Dil Mein" from the 1976 hit film Kabhie
Kabhie. This song was voted the best song of the
70's in a recent survey and is arguably the best Bollywood
I feel the only negative
in the compilation is the absence of the great Mohammed Rafi
also known as the King of Melody. I was very surprised to see
that a legend like Rafi had been left out of a compilation
that claims to be the best of Bollywood. How do you claim to
be the very best when you have not included the very best. I'm
sure every one will agree that Rafi deserved at least one slot
in this Cd if not more. However the compilers of this Cd did
not totally ignore Rafi and did promise future compilations
dedicated to this master, and some of the other big names that
have been left out.
So does this Cd really contain
the very best of Bollywood? Frankly speaking it is very unfair
to limit this to fifteen songs. However, if you pick
fifteen songs from a few of the best playback singers in India
you have a very successful formula. Resulting in a CD that
will entertain over three generations of Bollywood fans. Even though
I feel it is a crime to leave someone like Rafi out this is
still an excellent compilation and a must for all Bollywood
Rating - 8/10
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