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RJ Malishka's Top 10 Hindi Songs of 2012

Last updated on: January 7, 2013 18:17 IST

RJ Malishka's Top 10 Hindi Songs of 2012

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Malishka Mendonsa in Mumbai
RJ Malishka sends us her Top 10 Hindi songs of 2012. Take a look.
 
As a radio person, putting together a list of the top 10 songs should be an easy task. But it could also turn out to be the most difficult one, given that I'm bombarded with several dozen CD's per month.

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.:

Pareshaan, Ishaqzaade

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.
 
Pareshaan makes for a good song when you want to head-bang to some romantic Hindi rock in a car and pretend you're a Bollywood babe.
 

Image: Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in Pareshaan, Ishaqzaade. Inset: Malishka


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Tumhi ho Bandhu, Cocktail

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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.

I like.

Read the review of Cocktail


Image: Diana Penty in Tumhi ho Bandhu, Cocktail


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Paani Da, Vicky Donor

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Even if I was biased against Ayushmann Khurana because he was originally a radio jockey who hit the jackpot in movie-land and also wrote, played and sang this song, audience polls would tell you that this song is one of the better ones of the last year.

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.

Read the review of Vicky Donor

Image: Ayushmann Khurana and Yaami Gupta in Paani Da, Vicky Donor


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Ishq wala love, Student Of the Year

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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.

Read the review Student of The Year


Image: Varun Dhawan and Aliya Bhatt in Ishq wala Love, Student Of the Year


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Pungi, Agent Vinod

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Though I feel like I've had enough of Pungi, it quite caught my Bollywoodiya ear in the beginning.

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


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Raabta, Agent Vinod

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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.

Also Read: Saif Ali Khan: Unlike Bond, Agent Vinod doesn't have secret gadgets


Image: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in Raabta, Agent Vinod


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Dreamum Wakeupum, Aiyyaa

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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


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Pritam Pyaare, Rowdy Rathore

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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


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Hunter, Gangs Of Wasseypur

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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


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Chikni Chameli, Agneepath

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The Marathi music industry must take a bow here for the original Kombdi Pallali because Chikni Chameli simply rocked the charts.

Add a very brazen Katrina to it, and you have a winner.
 
One thing I love about Kat Kaif is that she eats well. Whenever I meet her at my studio or on film sets, she sits demurely, and tucks into a sandwich or a chocolate bar or whatever she fancies at the time.

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!
 
Some people loved the song, others hated it, ditto for Katrina's wild dance in it but the fact remains that we are all trying to ape her steps at parties even if we can't manage apeing her chikni little waist.


Image: Katrina Kaif in Chikni Chameli, Agneepath


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