Mini Musical Series: My top 5 favourite Bollywood songs from the 1980’s

It’s the month of June and that means that I am ready to share my next top 5 favourite songs from the 1980’s in part 3 of my mini music series. I have previously shared my top 5 favourite songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s and you can read about them here.

The 1980’s is a strange decade for me, as not only was I very young during the time, but I also did not have much access to Bollywood music, compared to how much I have now. Naturally, I was not fluent in Hindi back then either, so most of the songs that I have chosen, are ones that I have fallen in love with while growing up. At the time, the only access we had to Bollywood songs was listening to them on the radio, but this did help me choose song number 2 on my list, as it would often be playing every morning at 6am when the alarm clock went off!

Song: Ye Vaada Raha
Film: Ye Vaada Raha (1982)
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Poonam Dhillon
Music: RD Burman
Singers: Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra

Ye Vaada Raha is hands down my first favourite song from the 1980’s. It is a beautiful melody which has been wonderfully composed by RD Burman. My love for the song has led me to watching the movie and I equally enjoyed the movie too. It is a typical Bollywood love story with wonderful acting by Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Tina Munim. This song is a must listen for anyone who is in or out of love!

Song: Sun Sahiba Sun
Film: Ram Teri Ganga Mailli (1985)
Starring: Rajeev Kapoor, Mandakini
Music: Ravindra Jain
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Sun Sahiba Sun is a wonderful old fashioned melody, and is a melodious composition by music director Ravindra Jain. India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar holds the fort in this powerful female solo song, which was portrayed on actress Mandakini who is seen professing her love for the character played by Rajeev Kapoor. I am yet to watch the film but thanks to YouTube, we can enjoy the audio visual of the song.

Song: Har Kisi Ko Nahin Milta
Film: Janbaaz (1986)
Starring: Sridevi, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia
Music: Kalyanji-Anandji

I simply cannot forget to include the soundtrack of Janbaaz when talking about this era of Bollywood! It is a soundtrack that was most certainly ahead of its time, as we have already seen remakes of two of its popular tracks (Har Kisi Ko in Boss in 2013 and various remixes of Pyar Do Pyar Lo). There are many facets to Har Kisi Ko Nahin Milta and it is truly an evergreen melody. Other notable tracks on this soundtrack are Jab Jab Teri Surat Dekhu and Tera Saath Hai Kitna Pyara.

Song: Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar
Film Aitbaar (1985)
Starring: Suresh Oberoi, Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar
Music: Bappi Laihri
Singers: Bhupinder Singh and Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

This beautiful ghazal Kisi Nazar Ko Tera is also a late discovery of mine and I actually have my dear Mum to thank for it! We initially heard it played on the radio and then subsequently caught the audio visual on B4U Music’s show Awaz De Kahan Hai. It has a haunting melody and tells the tale of unrequited love between to people, which still exists even today. There are also some spoken nazm’s by Suresh Oberoi.

Song: Humein aur Jeene Ki
Film: Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
Starring: Rajesh Khanna and Rekha
Singers: Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Gulshan Bawra

Agar Tum Na Hote is most definitely a film that I enjoyed watching later on and not in the 1980’s! It is one of Rajesh Khanna’s later films and he has a more mature role in this one. Humein aur Jeene Ki Chahat Na Hoti…Agar Tum Na Hote…. is the title track of the film and I do believe it has more than one version to it e.g. duet, female solo, male and it is also the reoccurring theme of the soundtrack. It is a lovely, romantic and light hearted song which is why it has made its way into my top 5 favourite songs from the 1980’s.

I hope you all enjoyed reading the third part of my mini music. The next part of the series will feature an exciting choice of songs and albums as it will be my top five favourite songs from the 1990’s!

Source used for music credentials: Wikipedia

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