I suppose I could have down the other option, “what are songs that work best out of context?” Maybe tomorrow! But today, I am curious about in context songs. Sexy, romantic, happy, funny, whatever it is, comes through in a whole different way if it is seen within the rest of the movie.
Here’s another one I just thought of recently. “Ja Haal Dil Ka” from Sarfarosh. It’s a fine song no matter what, wet saris and wet shirts, lots of clinging and stroking and sexy stuff. But what makes it really great is the context, Aamir is this super buttoned down police guy, Sonali has been pursuing him like crazy and not getting much of a response, even the audience isn’t sure how he feels, and then at a party he looks at her and we get a glimpse into his mind and discover that under the calm half smile and soft voice is MAD PASSIONATE SEXUAL DESIRE.
Along the same lines, “Jashn-E-Bahaara” from Jodha-Akbar is just deadly romantic in context. It’s pretty sexy without context, beautiful people singing to each other. But in context, when we have had this whole three hour build to these two stubborn people breaking down and confessing their feelings, it’s not only sexy, but romantic when Hrithik finally is able to express himself.
I guess this is also kind of an interesting thing to note about Indian films. Their songs aren’t like Hollywood/Broadway musicals where people are sing-talking and it is all directly plot related. But the mood of the song can be heightened and changed based on the story surrounding it, even if there is no direct narrative connection.
Anyway, those are the songs that leap to mind for me!!!! What are the songs you can think of that are just sort of okay on their own but super amazing if you know the context and the characters?