Apart from romance and drama, what sets Bollywood apart is its varied “music”. If it was a religion, I would be a strong follower. Music has undergone a 360-degree turn in Bollywood, from the days of legends to Gen Z singers. There have been many variations (not always good ones) and tracking them all is a Herculean task. While we enjoy our core tracks and marvel at them, we often miss gems that deserve far more than they get in their run.
Today in Koimoi as we celebrate our weekend with you (you’ve been doing it all week, it calls for a party), I list 5 of the underrated gems of Bollywood that you must listen to right now, if you already have them, rediscover them and fall in love. I will try to add to the list every week if you motivate me with the answer, promise! Here are the top 5:
Piya Tora Kaisa Abhiman (Raincoat)
Can you believe, written by Gulzar, sung by Shubha Mudgal & Gulzar, a song has gone unnoticed by many. Of course, classic fans care too much about it. But Raincoat’s Piya Tora Kaisa Abhimaan deserves a far more audience than that. Bollywood saw this movie way ahead of its time in 2003, and the music album is a treasure you can’t miss.
Cham Cham (attacker)
I call this Sonu Nigam’s most underrated track, for real. If you haven’t heard Striker’s Cham Cham, you’ve missed out on one of the most calming tunes of all these years (you need a musical detox if Baaghi’s Cham Cham was on your mind). Plus, check out the video, she has Siddharth’s charm all over it as a bonus.
Soona Man Ka Aangan (Patineeta)
Believe me, it’s not at all planned, Sonu Nigam’s second song in a row, Soona Man Ka Aangan. Shantanu Moitra is a man behind the ballads and when he is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu it becomes a double treat. While Piyu Bole and Kashto Mazza from Bollywood film Parineeta are a hit, Soona Man Ka Aangan certainly deserves more attention.
Behroopia (Bombay Velvet)
Whenever there is a listicle talking about criminally underrated songs, Bombay Velvet’s full album should be mentioned. Amit Trivedi put his heart and soul into this unique and highly experimental album. Behroopia is specifically a romantic piece sung by Mohit Chauhan and Neeti Mohan and must be heard by every heart it beats. But sadly, the fate of the film in Bollywood has overshadowed these gems a lot.
Nazar Laye (Raanjhanaa)
An underrated AR Rahman track? Yes there is. While Raanjhanaa was all about Tum Tak and the title song, Nazar Laye was hiding inside like a shy kid who wants to be seen a bit is also skeptical about it. Crooned by Rashid Ali and Neeti Mohan Nazar Laye is a ballad that can be played in the background and will blend in with your surroundings, give it a try.
Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments section below. Stay true to Koimoi for more!
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