A while ago, I had shared my top 5 favourite SANAM Originals and I thought it would be a good idea to share my top 5 favourite renditions from the fab four. I purposefully put this off for a while, because it is not an easy task to choose just 5 songs from a long list of favourites! And, I will say it now that the number one rendition will be a tie between 2 songs because I cannot choose only one of them for the top spot! So please don’t judge me here (only SANAMians will understand this feeling) but here are my top 5 of my favourite SANAM Renditions:
1) Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi and Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein
Starting of the list, I have an older rendition and a newer rendition both of which are my absolute favourites. Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi is what cemented the band into my life, and is the song that truly made me their fan. The video showcased them like true Rockstars and they put an incredible Rock twist on a classic Kishore da song. I am very sure that many other artists would have been scared to take this risk! The song not only showcases equal inputs from each member, but the main highlight of the song for me, is the way Samar Puri plays the amazing guitar rift (fangirl comment: who else noticed his dimpled smile during this section of the song?) so effortlessly, and that is one of the reasons why this rendition has had a lasting impact on me.
Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein
Now this rendition is a newer release, and boy, what a rendition of a classic indi pop song it is! The song and video both speak volumes and I am very sure that the original artist of the song Adnan Sami, would be impressed with this rendition. I have already reviewed the song in depth here but I will never tire of listening to or talking about this beautiful recreated melody. (Fangirl comment: I do wonder how long it took Sanam Puri to film the rain sequence and how long he had to stay drenched in the fake rain for – not good for one’s health! but this is a sign of the lengths true artists will go to, to impress their fans and audience. Fun fact: I have also listened to this song 126 times according to my iTunes!). If you haven’t watched the video yet, do not wait any longer, stop everything and press play! You can thank me later 😉
2) Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi
I have not only watched the film Aandhi, but I already love the songs Tum Agaye Ho and Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi. It is not at all an easy task to recreate popular classics, yet once again, this job can only be trusted by SANAM band. The video for this rendition had been shot in the Maldives I believe (do let me know if I am wrong), and it matches the soothing tone of the song so well. Their rendition and video both give very chilled out vibes and it is a perfect romantic rendition to enjoy on a cosy evening.
3) Dil Kya Kare
The video of Dil Kya Kare firmly gives true boyband vibes, as we get to see behind the scene footage of the band on tour internationally. They have given a wonderful, upbeat and almost jazzy rendition of Dil Kya Kare and this is a refreshing twist on the original classic. I love the way the video is executed for the song, as we get to see the band without any instruments and in a totally different format compared to their other videos. The way the video has been shot also reminds me of Westlife’s When You’re Looking Like That, as this video featured behind the scene tour footage so SANAM are truly giving international vibes here.
4) Teri Deewani
I simply love the way this video begins: I don’t think I have ever seen such a sleek intro of a band, casually setting up their instruments while the lead singer begins the song – not even in a Western music video! Once again, this video and song give Rockstar vibes and because this concept is so very rare in India (only my fave Himesh Reshammiya is considered to be India’s first and only Rockstar), I cannot help but get excited when I see it done so well by SANAM. It is always wonderful to see lead singer Sanam Puri play the guitar (he plays the piano too) reminding the audience that the band are serious musicians (again, a lesser seen factor in India’s ever changing music scene). Also, love the collaboration with violinist Sandeep Thakur who is a wonderful addition to this track.
So there you have it, my top 5 specially curated list of my favourite SANAM renditions! The other contenders for this list were their renditions of I’m Not the Only One, La Bamba, O Mere Dil Ke Chain and basically all the others, haha! I would also like to add that this is quite possibly the only band who also perform different variations of their instruments – so for example, we see Sanam sing and play the guitar or piano in some renditions, Samar plays more than one type of guitar (electric and acoustic), Keshav plays different types of drums including his acoustic box and Venky also plays the double bass as well as his usual bass guitar, as seen in the Jaane Woh Kaise rendition! Did my list match yours or is it different? Do let me know in the comments section as it would be great to read your thoughts! Subscribe to the band at their YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already. And here’s looking forward to their next rendition!