Birthday Songs Battle! Swara Versus Amit Trivedi Versus Allu Arjun Versus Jaya Bachchan! Who Has the Best and Who Has the Worst Song?

Oh boy! This is such a delightfully varied group of people, I am excited to put all their songs next to each other and see what happens.

All right! I’m gonna pick out my favorite two songs from each of these people. And then it is our job, as a collective, to decide who has the Best songs and who has the Worst songs.

Allu Arjun (by far the best dancer, with the largest number of songs and most imaginative visuals)

“Cinema Choopishta Mava”

And something slower and different, “Violin Song”

Swara Bhaskar (very few songs, but very high quality movies)


And something totally different, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”

Amit Trivedi (actual composer and brilliant, so this may be unfair)

“Dhadaam Dhadaam”


And finally, Jayaji! Who has the classic songs

“Bahon Mein Chale Aao”

“Mahi Ve” (technically more of a Shahrukh song, but if you don’t cry at Jaya’s bit in the middle you are made of STONE!)

Okay, my rankings! Including videos, song itself, performances, use in the film, and the whole burrito:

  1. Bahon Mere Chale Aa (how can Sanjeev resist cute little seductive fake sleeping Jaya!)
  2. Dhadaam Dhadaam (only part of Bombay Velvet I like)
  3. “Cinema Choopistha Mava” (Allu can DANCE!)
  4. “Veere” (female friendship! It’s a thing!)
  5. “Dhyanchaand” (Just such clever visuals)
  6. “Mahi Ve” (early 2000s! My era! And so pretty and telling such a complex story)
  7. “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” (colors! Jewelry! Food! Family!)
  8. “Violin Song” (clever, but ultimately it’s just sex)

Okay, what’s your ranking? Or at least, your favorite and least favorite?

9 thoughts on “Birthday Songs Battle! Swara Versus Amit Trivedi Versus Allu Arjun Versus Jaya Bachchan! Who Has the Best and Who Has the Worst Song?

  1. As we r discussing songs , have u seen the new masakali 2.0 by tanishk bagchi and the reactions by rahman parson noshi and rest of regional creators.

    Will this backlash force tseries of a rethink of their policies?


    • Remember the movie Taal? That was about t-series, way back in the 90s, and how they took classical music and remixed it and put it on cassettes and sold it in the cities. I think they did the same thing with all kinds of music, cassette rights were unregulated, so they just did whatever with everything and made money off of it. This is icky, but certainly nothing new.

      The funny thing is, Masakali was a huge HINDI hit when it released. This isn’t remixing a non-Hindi thing for a new Hindi audience, it’s remixing a 10 year old song for a new generation of college kids who missed hearing the original.


    • Not sure if I am qualified! The closest I can come is the post I wrote on t-series, and that was more family/industry history than actual musicology.

      On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • These kind of things (Masakali 2) sometimes prove Ilayaraja right in his copyright actions, although I disliked what he did to SPB and Yesudas as part of it.


  2. Regarding this topic, among multiple allu arjun songs, below one sounds so good to ears… just need to disregard, how the actors , costumes and props look… forget it, just close your eyes and listen lol…


  3. Mahi Ve is my favorite because it has older ladies dancing, I’m not sure what is cuter than that, except maybe children dancing. And it is catchy.

    Next is Cinema Choopishta Mava because it is visually spectacular.

    After that it is a wash except for my least favorite Veere, which seems to me to be more about the vacation I can never afford than friendship. Sometimes I enjoy ogling what I can’t have, but for some reason it rubs me the wrong way on this song.


    • Veere is clearly a “funded by product placement” movie. I have the same reaction to that song as you do on first glance, but the funny thing is we are watching the leads do this very expensive thing because the movie was made on so little money. The got money from the hotel and the tourism board to make their vacation look as fabulous and fun as possible. Anyway, no one will ever be able to see the song in context because the gosh darn movie isn’t available streaming!

      I love Mahi Ve! It’s got the old ladies, AND the small child (at least briefly).

      On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 1:38 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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