Hindi Film 101: The 6 Kinds of Film Songs

Procrastinatrix just mentioned a helpful post I wrote on this, and I looked and looked and I don’t think it was a post, I think it was actually in my book.  So if I were mean, I would make this headline and then the post would just be “ha ha, buy my book!”  But now I kind of want to write the post!  And it will be better than the book (although you should still buy the book) because I can use video link examples.

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Happy Birthday Sonu Nigam! 30 Songs to Show I Love You!

How is this the first time I remembered to celebrate Sonu’s birthday?  Oh well, to make up for it, I will do 30 songs, to match his birth date of July 30th.

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Light Post: Let’s Recommend Songs to Each Other!

Filmilibrarian just said in a comment that she was trying to get back to listening to more music, and we had a nice exchange about the songs we like.  And since I just put up my Ali Zafar post and need something to decompress with, and something to make us all a community even if we disagree, I thought it might be nice to have a little friendly “lets all enjoy stuff together” post.

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Happy Summer Solstice/My Aunt Bernice’s Birthday!

Never actually met Aunt Bernice, she was my great-great-aunt, but every summer solstice my grandmother would mention that it was also Aunt Bernice’s birthday and now that is burned into my brain, the two go together.  Pagan earth based sun rituals, and a spinster who worked for a mail order catalog company for 40 years.

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Happy Spring Forward Day! Springy Songs! (The physical movement, not the season)

Nothing interesting in the news today (so desperate that outlets are falling back on the good old reliable Don 3 rumors), no birthdays, I already put up a review, so time to fall back on the oooooold reliable fill in, a theme song post!  But a fun theme this time (I hope), songs with people jumping around!

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Songs to Reward Me During a Tedious Task

My company is switching payment systems blah blah blah, the end result is that I have to reenter and check data for 400 separate accounts.  It’s very dull, but at the same time I have to stay focused and make sure I am accurate.  So I am pulling out the super super good extra best songs play list that will keep me happy and energized.  The songs I save as a special treat for when I really need a mood lifter.

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I’m Back at Work! Let Me Share With You My Inspirational Working Songs

It’s really not fair to all us account manager types that the end of the year accounting close period comes right after Christmas.  I’m still drinking eggnog for breakfast!  I’m not emotionally or mentally ready to be back at work!  Luckily, Indian soundtracks are here for me.  Let me walk you through the soundtrack of my work life.

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Happy Tiger Zinda Hai Day! And 5 Days to Salman’s Birthday! Let’s Look at Some Salman Songs

Happy Tiger Zinda Hai day!  Early reports say it is roaring in to the box office.  But I don’t necessarily believe them a) because I am a cynic; b) because the per screen international isn’t available yet and that is the only really accurate figure.  Anyway, to rev us all up and because it is Salman’s Birthday Week, I thought I would post some of the best Salman songs from the past.

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Honeymoon Songs, Just For Fun

We were talking about the endlessly iconic “Suhaagraat” sequence from Kabhi Kabhi yesterday and Amrita challenged me to think if there were other similar sequences before that.  I couldn’t really think of any, but I could really really think of others after it!

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Silly Songs Post: Pearl Harbor Day Antakshari

76 years ago today was a day which has lived in infamy (am I the only one who hears that in the distinctive Roosevelt East Coast twang?).  And I am using that as a jumping off point for a game of film song Antakshari, in my own random style.  Because it’s been tiring mourning Shashi, we need something fun. (in case you don’t know, antakshari is a game where you trade off songs, player B having to pick up with a new song on the same note/word/syllable as where player A left off, and back and forth)

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Learn Hindi From Film Songs for Hindi Movies

My continuing series!  Which is half tongue-in-cheek and half serious.  If you truly are only interested in learning Hindi in order to better appreciate the films, these are the words that will help you.  If you want to actually learn Hindi to read books and talk to people and stuff, this is useless.  It’s very rare to need the word for “unfaithful” in common conversation.  At least, not my conversations, I don’t know your life. (first post here, second post here, if you want to learn even more words!)

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Learn Hindi From Film Songs!!!!

This is inspired by Alisa, our new commentator who is trying to get a handle on the films.  And also likes Aamir, thus the orgy of Aamir at the end this.  It’s half tongue in cheek, just an excuse for fun songs, but also serious, these songs will really give you a leg up on some common words.

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Pumpkin Songs

I spent the day roasting 5 pumpkins.  Tomorrow I turn them into food, I am thinking pumpkin muffins first, pie later (after I get a chance to buy lard for the crust).  Anyway, since I didn’t have time to write a substantive post, I am throwing up another silly songs post to represent pumpkins.

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Happy 4th of July! Let’s Look at Some American-Indian Songs!

Happy 4th of July!  I am celebrating by not doing anything and just enjoying having a random day off in the middle of the week.  And I am going to have a little song festival of American-themed Indian movie songs.  As always with these posts, if I missed one you like, just mention it in the comments! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Eid Mubarak! A Selection of Songs

Good news!  I found a post I did for Eid last year, so I can join in the celebrations after all.  Better late than never.  As I said last year, I am 95% sure all these songs are appropriate.  But if a miss-translated a lyric or something, and one of them is more secular than religious, let me know right away so I can pull it out of a post where it doesn’t belong.

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Really Good Songs From Not Very Good Movies

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.”

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Happy First day of Winter! Some Seasonal Songs

It’s been a little bit since I did one of these song posts (although I have put songs up in my birthday messages).  I like doing them, because I hope they fill the gap that I filled with songs DVDs.  Back in the early 2000s, I bought and rented a bunch, and I would see random songs and think “Hey!  That’s cool!  I should check out this movie/actor/actress/choreographer.” Or at least I would think “Hey!  Now I can picture that actor/song sequence/actress the next time he/it/she is mentioned.”  Hopefully this collection of loosely connected song sequences can have a similar effect for some of you!

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