RJ Malishka's Top 10 Hindi Songs of 2012
Still, here's a pick of the songs that I think we shimmied and shook to, romanced and danced to and lived our Bollywood dreams through in 2012. There are the obvious ones like Chikni Chameli and then others that snuck up on me just like 2013 snuck up on 2012.
Here they are, in no particular order.:
A minty-fresh heroine (Parineeti Chopra), a handsome scruffy-faced hero (Arjun Kapoor) in a non-sheheri setting with a non-regular video. Then there is the whole sweet song thing going into a rock vibe.
The first time I heard the song I thought this was a winner with the masses and classes alike.
Also read the review of Ishaqzaade
Image: Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in Pareshaan, Ishaqzaade. Inset: Malishka
Tumhi ho Bandhu, Cocktail
Deepika Padukone confessed she didn't like Daaru desi much when she first heard it but she guessed it would be one of the best liked songs of 2012.
She was right.
But I'm picking the groovier Tumhi ho Bandhu from Cocktail. There's a vibe of gay abandon to it.
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Image: Diana Penty in Tumhi ho Bandhu, Cocktail
Paani Da, Vicky Donor
The humble guitar and the hummable tune, combined with lyrics that I don't entirely get, make it all the more enchanting for me because let's face it, a love song in any language makes one's heart go paani paani.
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Image: Ayushmann Khurana and Yaami Gupta in Paani Da, Vicky Donor
Ishq wala love, Student Of the Year
Now here's a song with lyrics that a guy could not hum unless the lyricists gave him a printout of the words.
The song inspired hilarious parodies and some people wondered what would non-Ishqwala love be like!
However, Shekhar, Salim Merchant and Neeti Mohan gave it a good go and I sing along (in gibberish because I still don't get the lyrics) whenever it plays on air.
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Image: Varun Dhawan and Aliya Bhatt in Ishq wala Love, Student Of the Year
Pungi, Agent Vinod
Allegedly inspired by Iranian pop band Barobax's Soosan Khanoom (which I have heard very carefully), this song has all the ingredients of a Pritam-mix, since it is very, very catchy.
Read the review of Agent Vinod
Image: Mallika Haydon and Saif Ali Khan in Pungi, Agent Vinod
Raabta, Agent Vinod
I'm not sure how many takers this song will have but I'm very fond of it.
Blame it on the romantic in me but what Agent Vinod could not accomplish with his trips around the world, this song did with its melody.
Image: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in Raabta, Agent Vinod
Dreamum Wakeupum, Aiyyaa
To me, this song is the Chikni Chameli equivalent for boys.
It is rare for Indian cinema to objectify men as it does its women.
The song used stereotypes of the south Indian language much to the chagrin of many of my south Indian friends and listeners but it was zingy and showed off a side to Rani Mukerji, which seemed to have died with her heydays.
Plus, it let the women treat the boys as toys for a change.
Read the Aiyyaa review here
Image: Prithviraj and Rani Mukerji in Dreamum Wakeupum, Aiyyaa
Pritam Pyaare, Rowdy Rathore
Yes, Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva may have stolen the show in Rowdy Rathore with their hand-dance. Akshay even played the tune of Chinta Ta Chita on my back in the studios but that story is for another day!
I like Pritam Pyaare better only because of the sheer energy of the song.
It's sexy, it's quick and it's got super dancing -- a trio of women who look like they've just practised their pilates and are taking on the town in its square.
Great song for aerobics at home as you get ready to go to work.
Read the Rowdy Rathore Review here
Image: Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan and Maryam Zakaria in Pritam Pyaare, Rowdy Rathore
Hunter, Gangs Of Wasseypur
Whatever you thought of Gangs of Wasseypur, this song with its double entendres couldn't have missed your radar.
The lyrics went like: 'Duur tak hai famous..kar de sabko jay-lus (read jealous)...usko milta darsan jiske mann mein hai lagan.'
Hunter is a very catchy song, and though it's not likely to make it to the popular award shows, I think it said something about 2012.
Read the Gangs of Wasseypur review here
Image: A scene from the Hunter song, Gangs Of Wasseypur
Chikni Chameli, Agneepath
Add a very brazen Katrina to it, and you have a winner.
She continued doing so right until she had to get chikni for Chameli and boy did she give our home-grown divas a run for their money!
Image: Katrina Kaif in Chikni Chameli, Agneepath