These days, it is not unusual for Bollywood films to have English titles. A few that come to mind are Bluffmaster, Black, Jungle, Lucky – No time for love, Corporate, No Entry and Out of Control….to name but a few! But have you realized how many songs have English titles? This realization came to me when I became addicted to “Where’s the party tonight?” from the Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna soundtrack
For something different and light-hearted, I challenged myself to think of as many Hindi film songs with English titles. This is what I came up with – and these were only from the top of my head! They’re silly, but fun…so enjoy!
Let’s start off with the song that started this thought conjuring up in my mind. With the success of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna soaring, the disco track, “Where’s the party tonight” goes something like this: “Where’s the party tonight? Somewhere down the road…Where’s the party tonight? ….on the dance floor”. From the same film, there’s “Rock and Roll Soniye”. Interestingly enough, it sounds remarkably like “Pretty Woman” from Kal Ho Na Ho which also has Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan dancing to “It’s the time to disco”.
Another Preity-Saif film was Salaam Namaste with the tunes, “What’s going on” and “My dil goes mmmm”. Somehow this makes me think of two songs from Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. I remember getting hooked onto “Just chill” for its upbeat tune, but thought that “Wanna spend the rest of my life with you” was just silly.
When I think of Hrithik Roshan, two songs come to mind. The first, “It’s magic” from Koi Mil Gaya and “Oh my darling…I love you” where he was paired opposite Kareena Kapoor in Mujhse Dosti Karoge. Kareena also recently starred across real life boyfriend, Shahid Kapoor in 36 China Town where they had two items together, “Rock your body” and “24 x 7 I think of you”
Some of my favourites lately have been “Let’s boogie woogie dance dance” by Lara Dutta and Bobby Deol in Dosti as well as the two songs from Bluffmaster, “Say na say na how you said it to me” and “Right here right now” (including the remix version on the soundtrack). Another recent film with catchy tunes is Humko Deewana Kar Gaye with Akshay Kumar and Bipasha Basu in “She’s a rock star”
Two other songs which come to mind are fun, but a bit old. The first is Karisma Kapoor’s “What is mobile number?” from Haseena Maan Jayegi, while the other was for Aishwariya Rai in Bride and Prejudice, “No life without wife”.
So, readers …there you have it. I met my challenge. And to think, these are just a few that I thought of off the top of my head! No doubt, there are so many more I havn’t listed. It’s an interesting phenomenon that Bollywood has been going through over the past few years. What is your take on the whole westernization of Bollywood – having English titles and lyrics in Hindi films?