There is no denying to the fact that the glamour in Hindi movies garners maximum attention today. However, Bollywood movies have over the decades offered a lot more than that. Several movies, produced over the last 50-60 years provide amazing insights into the Indian society, relationships, lifestyle, philosophy and spirituality. Listed below are the top 10 most insightful songs in Hindi movies.
10. Jeewan hai madhuban tu ismein phool khilaa (Movie – Jasoos):
A song from 1957 Hindi movie Jasoos, ‘Jeewan hai madhuban tu ismein phool khilaa’ provides an insight as to how we should really live a fulfilling life. The movie was never released. The lyrist, Indeewar, through this song, asks listeners to do some self-analysis and see the world as it is – a garden of love.
9. Jagat Mein Prem hi Prem Bhara hai (Movie – Krorepati):
A timeless classic, ‘Jagat Mein Prem hi Prem Bharat Hai’ is a song from a 1936 Hindi movie Krorepati. The movie was directed by the legendary K.L. Saigal. Love is the central theme of the song. Kidar Sharma, the lyrist, pours out the sublime wisdom through this song that love exists in every particle of the universe and it’s always accessible to each and every one of us.
8. Tora Man Darpan Kahalaye (Movie – Kaajal):
Asha Bhonsle sang ‘Tora Man Darpan Kahalaye’ for 1965 movie Kaajal. This timeless classic describes how you can find God through stabilizing the mind. It is the mind which keeps account of all good and bad deeds of a person. Pain or pleasure, both are in the mind. The song is primarily inspired by the universal Indian way of life.
7. Kahan Dhoondhata Ram Pagle (Movie – Ekadashi):
It’s a song from a 1955 Hindi movie Ekadashi. A duet, ‘Kahan Dhoondhata Ram Pagle’ was sung by Hemant Kumar and Geeta Dutt. The song has very meaningful lyrics that explain why you should look for the Supreme Being within yourself. Pt. Madhur, the lyricist, goes on to spill the wisdom of non-duality in very simple words in this song.
6. Zindagi Khwab Hai (Movie – Jaagte Raho):
A song from 1956 movie Jaagte Raho, ‘Zindagi Khwab Hai’ was sung by Mukesh. If you’re fed up with monotonous routines in day to day life, this song should cheer you up. Life, according to the lyricist, is a dream, and the best we can do is to follow our heart. Instead of beating the hell out of our minds by thinking all day long on small things, we can just get ‘lost’ in this dream and be happy.
5. Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli (Movie – Anand):
A chartbuster track from the blockbuster Hindi movie Anand, ‘Zindagi kaisi hai paheli’ probably reminds everyone of Rajesh Khanna, a Bollywood legend. This song, a perfect fit in plot of the movie, tells us how the life we live is not permanent. Life has both pain and pleasure. One day, each one of us will bid adieu to the world. The song with its philosophical lyrics, top-class acting and mellifluous melody was sung by Manna Dey in 1971 and remains fresh till date.
4. Ae maalik tere bande hum (Movie – Do ankhein barah haath):
A soothing prayer from the movie Do Ankhein Barah Hath, ‘Ae maalik tere bande hum’ is still sung in many schools and colleges across India. The song, in many ways, presents the non-sectarian philosophy of Sanatan Dharma. This song will give you hope, always. The song can tell you how to win over the evil, inside or outside, by having complete faith in the almighty and His prowess.
3. Vahan kaun hai tera (Movie – Guide):
‘Vahan Kaun hai tera’, a superhit song from Guide – one of the best Hindi movies ever made – was sung by S.D. Burman. The song beautifully depicts the sublime truth of our lives. Meaningful lyrics and soothing melody present a deep philosophy quite easily. ‘Vahan kaun hai tera’ tells you to stop and quit running after material wishes.
2. Yun hi chala chal raahi (Movie – Swadesh):
A light-hearted song, ‘Yun hi chala chal raahi’ captures the spirit of wanderers, seekers of truth and others on a journey called life. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics and A.R. Rahman’s music blended really well. Singers Kailash Kher, Udit Narayan and Hariharan ended up singing a song that would possibly be loved by millions for decades to come. ‘Yun hi chala chal raahi’ motivates listeners to keep going and focus on the positive and bright colors in the world.
1. Nirbal se ladaayi balwaan ki (Movie – Toofan Aur Diyaa):
Sung by Manna Dey in the year 1956, ‘Nirbal se ladaayi balwaan ki’ is a song that inspires everyone to stand up and fight the opponent no matter how strong. Fiery lyrics written by Bharat Vyas and Manna Dey’s melodic voice created a song that is now an all time favorite of millions of people who enjoy listening to classic Hindi songs. It is one of those songs that will make you feel powerful and ready to face a challenging situation.