Christmas is over, which is sad, but it means I have a lot of new presents to play with (check them all out here!), and it means I can go back to listening to Saavn and my Indian music instead of Christmas carols. In early November, when I start my Christmas channels, it feels all refreshing to listen to White People Music (as I think of it) for a little bit. But by December 26th, I am ready to go back to my Indian stuff. And for my first playlist, I went with the theme of “good songs from not good movies.”
A lot of these movies I haven’t even seen, because the reviews weren’t great, word of mouth was worse, and history hasn’t really proved their importance since. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have some really catchy songs on the soundtrack!
Phata Poster Nikhla Hero I was kind of excited about, because I always get suckered in to thinking “This is the movie that will finally make Shahid a Major Star!” And then it didn’t and I never got around to watching it. But this song is one of my favorites to listen to.
Ignore the stupid English lyrics here (and try very very hard not to burst out with them embarrassingly while riding the train on your morning commute), and this is a great song, right?
Speaking of not so great Shahid movies that I thought might finally make him a star, there’s also Kismat Konnection (narrated by Shahrukh Khan! WHY?!?!?). I did finally get around to watching this, mostly out of a sick curiosity to see the movie in which Vidya Balan has looked the worst of her career (not saying she looks that bad, just that this costumes were not doing her any favors). Only to discover that the movie is terrible, but the songs are GREAT.
And the other love song! With dancing Burger King employees?
Speaking of Vidya’s Dark Times, before she did Dirty Picture and we all realized that she was so much more than just a perky love interest, how about Heyy Babyy? Stupid movie, stupid plot (cute baby though!), but a great apology song from Akshay!
For great songs from not very good movies with Akshay, there are several options! I have a soft spot for Holiday in general, but this song in particular always perks me up when it cycles around on my Saavn playlist.
I also have to admit a soft spot for I Hate Luv Storys (yes, even with the stupid spelling). The movie itself is flawed but enjoyable, but the soundtrack is basically flawless. I could easily put up every one of the songs, but I will limit it to just my top favs (no! The text spelling is contagious!).
I really love this one, both the song and the visuals.
Oh! But the visuals on this one are even better! Maybe this movie doesn’t even belong in the “good songs from not very good movies post”? No wait, Imraan’s character is infuriating, it does belong.
This film made a little money, right? But it was released so small and so unambitiously, that it was hardly noticed. And yet this song has somehow become one of my favorites, like “sit up and pay attention” every time it comes up on my playlist. Maybe I should actually check out the film?
Speaking of movies that didn’t even really get a big release, The Xpose! Which I ignored pretty much when it came out (except to go “Shilpa Shetty is a producer?”), and then when listening to my Yo Yo channel on Saavn (Yo Yo, I love you! When are you coming back to Chicago?), I ran across this song and fell in love with it.
I feel like I should end with something a little more classic. How about old school Shahrukh? This is from Anjaam, which is really not worth seeking out (except in that kind of “slow motion car crash” sick fascination way). But how catchy is this song?!?!