Discover The Hidden Gems in Bollywood Songs: The Best Yet Underrated Tracks

Do you remember the soulful track Safarnama from Tamasha?? When was the last time you heard the track? We give you the best underrated songs of Bollywood to get back to.

By Neha Jha

Jul 8, 2018  Updated On : Jul 19, 2018

Songs are our lifeline when things go down. We need to calm ourselves down on so many occasions, don’t we? Bollywood has given us some amazing hits time and again. These Bollywood songs bring us respite from tension, stress and more when need be. Hindi songs have a pan-India appeal and, regardless of your mother tongue, it will help you immensely.

The Hidden Gems

Despite the same, there have been certain Bollywood songs which are extremely soul-stirring, but were either forgotten or remained under-appreciated. Some were not marketed properly and went down the drain in spite of good music, lyrics and great singers lending their voice.

In this edition, we take a look at a few such Bollywood songs which are real gems but are lost somewhere for reasons unknown. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised or wonder how you forgot them when once they were so important to your existence!!

Yeah, we Indians are overly attached to our Bollywood songs.

Here we go.

Aaoge Jab Tum Saajna (Jab We Met)

This beautiful, classical number has been sung by Rashid Khan and we simply can’t get over the feels this song gives!! A heartbreaking number yes, but equally romantic. You can listen to this song on loop for hours and still not get bored. Well, the picturization was indeed sad. And we get reminded of the song when we see the film. If you are someone in Need of some pain relief, this is your song! Oh, the yearnings!!

Dil Gira Dafatan (Delhi 6)

Most of you wouldn’t have guessed that the man behind such amazing, soft vocals is none other than Ash King. The composition by AR Rahman is soothing and equally soulful comprising of several different moods. This song is so much sweeter than any other song that released in 2009. But, unfortunately, it largely remains unknown. It was not marketed well enough and its picturization in Delhi 6 was one-of-its-kind with Delhi juxtaposed in New York (a dream sequence, you know). Well, a lot remains on how the song is publicized, doesn’t it? Listen to it and you’ll fall in love with it.

Manmarziyan (Lootera)

The moment people think of the film and the hit songs, they think of two songs - Sawaar Loon and Zinda. Well, the movie has another gem in the form of this soulful track sung by Shilpa Rao. What many people miss out is how deeply haunting, riveting and romantic the song is! Since the film is set in the 1950s, the song had to capture the essence of the times which this song did extremely wonderfully. It is a slow, soft number and you’ll feel as if it talks to you!! “Zid Ki Maari, Bholi Bhaali Manmarziyan…” The heart wants what it wants!!

Safarnama (Tamasha)

Imtiaz Ali knew the film wouldn’t earn appreciation immediately but will be considered amongst his best years from its release. That’s what happened!! Not just the movie, some of its songs, too, have come to gain appreciation only now. Safarnama, sung by Lucky Ali with music composed by AR Rahman, is one such riveting composition. For all the dreamers out there, this is your song. With a dash of romance and gratitude thrown in, Irshad Kamil has done wonders with it. Just hear the lyrics - “Jise dhoondha zamane mein, Mujhi Mein Tha..”

Pyar Ke Liye (Dil Kya Kare)

I don’t think any other song is as underrated and unappreciated as this one. Sung by Alka Yagnik, the lyrics are so haunting that you are sure to think of someone locked in the deep recesses of your heart. It is so deep that you would stop doing what you are doing and simply enjoy the song. Anand Bakshi has penned what every beating heart has felt at some point in their lives. Too bad, the man isn’t there anymore. And hence, we don’t find such songs anywhere anymore. Listen to this song, get in touch with your inner feelings and yes, keep the tissues handy!

Laal Ishq (Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela)

This song wasn’t given much screen time in the film, but it is so true to the core and so very raw that it will tug at your heartstrings for long. We all have had feelings for someone we could never get rid of. It stayed no matter the years. Deeply moving and sung with all pathos by Arijit Singh, it is a gem by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Such compositions are rare to come by these days and you should check these out. You won’t find it playing on the radio or tv that easy.

Kahin Toh Hogi Woh (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)

Another AR Rahman composition, the song is probably the only one with such heartfelt lyrics and tunes. Of course, the makers couldn’t find any such scene which could accommodate such sadness over a possible failure or a longing for the past and what possibilities the future could hold. There’s love, there’s longing and there is so much more than the song encompasses. Sung with near perfection by Rashid Ali and Vasundhara Das, you will love it on one of those moments. Can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the film released.

Mera Kuch Samaan (Ijaazat)

We had to pick one from the evergreen RD Burman collection. This song has been touted as ahead of its times. And why wouldn’t it? The lyrics are in free verse and there seems to be no difference between a poem and a lyric when you listen to this amazing number. Sung by the versatile Asha Bhosle, you will feel as if the beloved is asking for her things to be returned to her by her former lover. When the song progresses, you realize she is talking metaphorically about the memories to be returned to her. The song is sad and somber and is Asha Bhosle’s favorite as well as her best one till date.

Don’t wait! Go ahead and plug in your headsets to listen to this amazing underrated tracks of Bollywood.

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