17 April, 2021

Tere Liye Saat Rang Ke Sapne

Enough. No more 'which Hindi film song is the greatest' debates. Outlook asked, and the men who make the music have spoken...

Tere Liye Saat Rang Ke Sapne

At Outlook we had been toying with the idea of a special issue on Hindi film music for a while, but hesitated for several reasons. Wouldn't it mean too much italicised text in the magazine? Wouldn't the translation of song titles into English sound awkward, even comic? Just how do you translate Ramaiyya vasta vaiyya into English?

Then there was the other big question: how to pin down a song's appeal? Isn't an individual's response to a song something extremely personal and private? The whole nation may have loved the ditties of Hum Aapke Hain Koun but they left you cold. The background score of Sholay might have been fantastic but you found its songs, including the universal favourite, Mehbooba mehbooba, banal. An entire generation swayed to My heart is beating in Julie but you promptly switched off the radio whenever it came on.

And then you loved this song few would know exists: Roz roz aankhon...

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