Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Outlook latest issue - Bollywood music special

Outlook's latest issue is a Bollywood music special and has some interesting (controversial?) rankings. Outlook has assembled a jury of music directors and singers and has ranked the 20 best hindi film songs ever, most popular hindi film,composer,singer & lyricist.

Art is perceptual. Its extremely difficult to define "popularity" in art. I personally did not agree with most of these rankings but then afterall an opinion is "an opinion" .

Outlook ranking / popularity results ( My comments in Brackets) :

Most Popular Hindi film Song : Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare from Chitralekha ( While I agree that its a fabulous song , # 1 position is debateable ! )

Most Popular Hindi Film ( Musical) : The Guide ( Perfect Choice . SDB's immortal score with gems like Aaj Phir Jeene Ki, Tere Mere Sapne,Gaata Rahe,Din Dhal Jaaye)

Most Popular Hindi film Composer : S.D.Burman ( Can they choose anyone else ? SDB is my favorite composer and am glad the jury feels the same way. What an amazing perseverance and versatility. The only composer who was "in demand" till his death. An extra-ordinary oeuvre consisting of Jaal,Pyaasa,Kala Bazaar,Kaagaz Ke Phool,Nau DoGyarah,Bandini,Sujata,Guide,Jewel Thief,Aradhana,Abhimaan,Sharmilee,Mili).

Most Popular Lyricist : Shailendra ( I guess its the right choice. Shailendra's lyrics had the incredible quality of appealing to both the common man and the connossiuer .Simple but elegant poetry. Btw, my choice would have been Sahir . He is a magician of words)

Most Popular Singers : Lata & Rafi ( This debate has no answer. I guess this is the popular choice of the nation too. Hard luck kishore ! )

P.S : Btw, here is Outlook's ranking of the top 20 hindi songs and a short write-up on the evolution of tamil film music .


  • hi ..thanks for the link..had sortof forgotten about outlook for a while. was great reading these bunch of articles...truly..those were the times..

    By Blogger Abhishek Chatterjee, at 11:46 AM  

  • welcome sire..what wud have been ur choices ?

    By Blogger Cogito, at 4:04 PM  

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