Music unites the soul with the body. The 90s decade saw the churning out of memorable romantic music and can be described as the era where music composers of the likes of Nadeem-Shravan, A R Rahman and Jatin Lalit as well as singers such as Kumar Shanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Anuradha Paudwal shot to fame. It was an awesome era where the soft and romantic songs still refreshes our memories. Songs belched out during the 90s seemed as fresh today as they were at the time of release and I love listening to the totally awesome songs of that time. I spent a chunk of time downloading the wonderful songs and can deduce that was the best music that was composed. How I wish that era would come back!
Songs that were potent with meaning and composed with a beautiful heart is still relevant in today’s times. It was the best way to propose a girl as she looked at us in a coy manner. It was a stroke of genius to compose such songs that contained so much simplicity and one would find true love in these compositions. I adore the album of films such as Aashiqui, Saajan, Dil Ka Kya Kasoor, Lamhe, Karan Arjun, Raju Ban Gaya Gentlemen, DHKMN, DDLJ, 1942-A Love Story, Khuda Gawah that raked huge profits. It was the age of innocence and pure love expressed in the filmi fashion and dream land as the hero lip-synched melodious songs to woo his lady love. I still remember that after school, I listened to the musical hits on radio and saved every penny to buy cassettes of Aashiqui, Saajan, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum and Baazigar. It was the golden age and certainly one of the best time in the history of Hindi songs.
1. Maine Pyar Kiya
A young and shy, Salman Khan serenading a coy Bhagyashree with the expressions of the eyes as he lip-synched ‘aaj Sham Hone aaye, aaya mausam dosti ki as his heroine implores the Kabutar to convey the love message. The songs of Maine Pyar Kiya remained with me for a very long time and I am sure all lovers adore the songs and this beautiful love story of the 90s that remained vividly fresh in their memories. At that time, I was a school kid who loved singing, aate jate haste gate, dil deewana bin saajana. Totally awesome album that made us wanna grow up fast to fall in love. Where is the ‘love Kaabutar’ nowadays?
One of the best love storiesever made by the king of Romance, Yash Chopra in the 90s that spoke of love story between a young Sridevi and an aged Anil Kapoor. Very few people know that Amitabh Bachchan was approached to act against Sridevi in this mature love story but the superstar took a five-year-long hiatus away from the film industry and declined the offer. It got Anil Kapoor the role of a life time in this beautiful and eternal classic. The songs were soulful and acted like a gateway of pure love and perfect romance, Kabhie mein Kahoon ke meine tujhe dil diya, Megha re Megha, Gudiya Rani, Yeh Lamhe Yeh Pal Hum Barsan and Mere Bindiya Teri Nindiya still remain etched in our minds. It’s a lost era that appeared like a beautiful dream of angels flapping their wings. Sridevi looks like an angel and a swan beauty. The late Yash Chopra showed his soft, sensitive and romantic side through Lamhe which is a very contemporary film that was way ahead of its time.
Mahesh Bhatt is known to deliver top-notch music in his movies and one can be assured that the musical notes will hit a high at the next outing of Vishesh films. It started with the beautiful love story Aashiqui starring Rahul Roy and the sultry Anu Agarwal. It was one of the most beautiful and purest love story and the music was pure bliss. Whether it’s Ab Tere Bin, Janejigar Jaaneman, Bas ek Sanam Chahiye or Tu Mere Zindagi, it was the song every love struck teenager would hum in the romantic bliss. Pure ecstasy.
Saajan will be remembered as another beautiful love story with the newly declared superstar Sanjay Dutt, rebellious Salman Khan and swan beauty Madhuri Dixit. Saajan catapulated Sanju Baba as the new No 1 after Amitabh Bachchan and the duo Nadeem-Shravan gave us one of the best music with songs such as Jiye to Jiye, Mera Dil bhi Kitna Pagal hai, Dekhai Hai Pehli Baar Saajan ke Aakhon Mein Pyar or Tu Shayar Hai. It was dream music that lives through this beautiful era
5. Phool aur Kante
Ajay Devgan got the sexiest and amazing launch as he stormed to the screen standing on two motor bikes which was such a grand entry which is still vivid in the mind. The songs, Premee Ashiq Deewana ya Tum Se Milne Ko Dil Karta hai re Baba, Dheere Dheere and Maine Pyar Tumhi se Kiya. The melodious voices of Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik went on to dominate the 90s and one couldn’t imagine a film song without the voices of Sanu and Yagnik.
6. Dil/Dil Hai ke Manta Nahin/Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar/Dil
It was the season of love and romance that engulfed the air and Amir Khan’s super duper hits such as Dil, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander expressed the love that was echoed by youngsters,including teenagers, adolescents and grown ups. Who can can forget the beautiful Pooja Bhatt expressing her love in Di Hai Ke Manta Nahin/Tu Pyar Hai Kissi Aur Ka, Madhuri-Amir falling in love in the age of innocence humming Hum Pyar Karne Wale, the college wala teasing Kambhe Jaise Khadi Hai or Amir falling for the sizzling hot, Pooja Bedi gyrating in the air to Pehle Nasha as Ayesha Jhulka silently expressing her love to the man she loves.
Certainly, the best love story churned out in the history of Hindi Cinema and DDLJ is touted as the best movie made by Aditya Chopra. So many of us watched Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge with tears rolling on the cheeks. A movie that stroke the perfect combination of modernity and traditional values with SRK wooing a fierce and bubbly Kajal and the wonderful late Amrish Puri as the righteous father in London. The songs, Najaana mujhe kya hua, Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam or Ghar Aaja Pardesi were the perfect ode to pure love minus the lust.
8. Hum Dil De Chuke Saanam
Sanjay Leela Bhansali paid a fitting tribute to love in this musical starring Ajay Devgan-Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai. Hum Dil was a magnum opus that boast of riveting songs to the likes of the title song, Nimbooda Nimbooda, tadap tadap ke, Chand Chupa Badal, Dol Baaje or Albela Sanam that gave a dignified expression to the beauty of Aishwarya Rai (Bachchan). Thank you SLB for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Sadak and Sir are two movies whose songs I adore and the movies were total gems. Musical gems bearing the print of Mahesh Bhatt who left no stone untouched as he teamed up with the best musical duo of the era, Nadeem-Shravan. One just need to close the eyes for amazing and scintillating music and Mahesh Bhatt next outing would ensure that music lovers, cine-goers would get the best musical treat of a life time. That was the 90s. Let’s start with Sadak first, one of the most memorable performance of Sanjay Dutt, where sweet romantic numbers such as hum tere bin, jab jab pyar and tumhe apna banane ki kasam were immortalized and entrenched in our memories. Sir was another movie where one of the most beautiful song dedicated to our teachers, Sir O’ Sir we love you and Sun Sun Barsaat ki Dhun, an ode to love in the monsoon was belted out. Both movies presented Pooja Bhatt in the most beautiful manner and only a director like Mahesh Sir could do justice to that.
10. Dil Ka Kya Kasoor/Rang
Both Dil Ka Kya Kasoor and Rang reminded us of the tender beauty of the late Divya Bharti that stole our hearts and she was the girl next door that we could take to our moms. So sad that she died at such a young age. Absolutely love the songs, Aashiqui Mein har Aashiq ho jata hai majboor, Gaa raha hoon iss Mehfil Mein and the romantic classics, Tujhe Na dekhoon to chein, Dil Cheedh ke Dekh, Tujhe Dekhe Mere Aankhen will always be remembered. The songs of these films were enough to drive the crowd to theaters and name of the stars didn’t matter.
11. Khuda Gawah
Khuda Gawah was the last film where the Amitabh Bachchan-Sridevi chemistry was seen and which struck gold at the Box Office in 1992. It was also the last film when Amitabh Bachchan announced his hiatus from the film industry for five years. Khuda Gawah was the last super hit of maestros Laxmikant-Pyarelal where songs such as Tu Mujhe Kubool, Rab Ko Yaad Karein and Tu Na Ja Mere Baadshah with a touch of sufism expressing an intense love that remained with us for a very long.. The film released at a time when action movies were fading away and music played an important part in the success of the movie at the box office, besides the Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi factors.
12. 1942-A Love Story
The music of 1942-A Love Story is an album every Indian should be proud of and the song ek ladki ko dekha became a national anthem. The last album of the legend R D Burman who gave us Pyar Hua Chupke Se, Rim Jhim Jhim, Ruth Na Jana had a dashing Anil Kapoor serenading the beautiful Manisha Koirala. Set against the backdrop leading to India’s Independence, this Vidhu Vinod Chopra flick paid a beautiful tribute to shuddh desi love and the music was a memorable gift for music lovers.
13. Rangeela/Roja/ Dil Se/ Bombay/ Muqabla
The 90s gave us the superb Maestro A R Rahman who is a legend in every way and gave us a different kind of music that set a bar so high that made it difficult for other music composers emulate. Rahman Sir was in competition with himself and movies like Rangeela, Roja, Bombay and Dil Se was testimony to songs that was a musical experiment in the times of love.
14. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
Didi tera Dewar Diwana became a national song in India that played for a whole year and I remember as a child how it was on the lips of everybody cutting across ages. I loved watching the video featuring a very young Salman Khan and a drop dead gorgeous Madhuri Dixit in saree. Beat that! Can you? It was the best selling track in 1994 and nobody could look so erotic in a saree as Madhuri effortlessly did with such grace in Didi Tera Devar Deewana.
There are movies such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum, Maachis, Rudaali. Lekin, Deewana, Beta, Vijaypath, Khal Nayak, Satya, Dilwale, Raja Hindustani, Chamatkar, Dillagi, Diljale, Kabhie Haan Kabhie Na, Mohra, Sooryavansham, Raja, Shola aur Shabnam, Saajan Chale Sasural, Beta, Satwan Aasman and Khal Nayak that deserve a mention for the memorable music churned out. Who can forget the voice of Indian nightingale Lata Mangeshkar belting Yaara Seeli seeli in the most soulful way? I feel nobody can beat the voice of Lata-ji even in this age.
The decade 90s was an age where everything beautiful was composed and which raked a fortune for film makers and composers. It was the era where everything that was touched turned into gold to the great joy of music lovers that brought immense joy to the heart. The songs composed in 90s reached a perfect musical high that added sparkle that one could hum them for hours and throughout the day without getting bored. Sadly so, no matter how much we enjoy today’s songs, it lacks the simplicity, lyrical beauty, poetic words that songs in 90s carried. Where has the era gone? Sadly so, the quality of music dipped with the advent of electronic musical instruments and the computer. It was the lost decade of golden musical extravaganza where no fast food was served but a full course and healthy musical meal served hot and made with love and passion. The music of 90s cuts across generations and when today we hear those powerful romantic words, it feels like it has been freshly composed like the freshly baked bread.
They just don’t make such kind of soothing, soft and romantic music anymore. Truly, 90s is the lost decade of music and the golden era is lost. Don’t they say, Old is Gold.
PS: I wrote the post last year which I lost on wordpress and I took the pain to re-write it yesterday, read, Sunday. Uff! Finally, it’s done.