The city of Mumbai is known for the ‘Hindi Film Industry’ which is popularly known as ‘Bollywood’. Now, the movies produced in this industry are known for elaborate ‘song and dance’ sequences. Among the many popular songs composed in these films, there are few that comprise of lyrics that use Mumbai as its theme. So, here is presenting a list of ‘5 Bollywood Songs’ that are related to ‘Maximum City’.
a. Yeh Hai Bambai Meri Jaan- CID:
‘Quintessentially Mumbai’ would be the best way to describe this song from the Dev Anand 1956 classic film CID. Sung beautifully by Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt, this song beautifully captures the essence of Mumbai. In facts, the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri is so good that it is considered by many as the ‘Anthem’ of Mumbai. So, it is a combination of great voices, and some wonderful lyrics which make this song an ideal ode to the ‘City That Never Sleeps’.
b. Bambai Nagariya- Taxi No 9211:
Stylized’ is a word that best defines this song from the 2006 Milan Luthria film Taxi No 9211. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, this song has been extremely stylishly sung by the great Bappi Lahiri. Furthermore, the lyrics by Vishal Dadlani encapsulates the ‘energetic vibe’ that Mumbai exudes quite brilliantly. In addition, the ‘grungy’ voice of Mr. Lahiri, and the voice over of Nana Patekar and John Abraham add a lot of charm to the song. And so, it is combination of intriguing lyrics, and a unique voice that makes this song a ‘funky’ tribute to Mumbai.
c. Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost- Aap Ki Khatir:
‘Fun’ is a word that comes to mind while listening to this song from the 1977 Vinod Khanna film ‘Aap Ki Khatir’. Composed and sung by Bappi Lahiri, this song captures the ‘free spirit’ that is associated with the city. Adding a lot of spice to the song is the unique voice of Lahiri himself. It is therefore a fusion of free spirited lyrics and unique singing which makes it a perfect ‘fun’ tribute to the ‘City of Dreams’.
d. Aye Ganpat- Shootout at Lokhandwala:
‘Gangsta style’ would be the perfect way to describe this song from the 2007 Apoorva Lakhia film Shootout at Lokhandwala. Composed, written, and sung by Mika Singh, this song is filled with energetic music and less with words. It is the ‘grungy’ voice accompanied by hip-hop beats in this song that helps capture the essence of the ‘Mean Streets’ of Mumbai. And so, it is the combination of a raw voice and rap like Beats which makes this song a tribute to the ‘Streetlife’ of the City That Never Sleeps’.
e. Yeh Hai Bambai Nagariya- Don:
‘Rustic’ would be the best way to describe the flavour of this song from the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan crime drama Don. Composed by Kalyanji-Anandji, this song has an extremely rural north Indian flavour to it. The lyrics written by Anjan in a dialect used in states such as Uttar Pradesh gives the song a rural flavour. And so, the combination of unique dialect and the great voice of Kishore Kumar which makes this song a perfect ‘North Indian’ style ode to Mumbai.