Marriage procession or barat as North Indians call it is perhaps one of those occasions when young and old alike groove to the tunes of some of the most cheeky and popular songs ever. A big fat North Indian wedding or for that matter any Indian wedding is incomplete without a barat dancing to foot tapping numbers. Some songs, generally Bollywood numbers, have become such a common place in barats that they could as well be touted as wedding anthems. Let’s find out the top 10 wedding songs which are nothing less than anthems for baratis.
The chartbuster “Kajrare kajrare” from the movie ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ has to feature in this list. The song went on to become a smashing hit – the most popular of 2005 – from the moment it was released. The fact that the lovely Aishwarya Rai featured in it along with the Bachchan father-son duo also seems to have added an extra appeal to it. Every wedding and every barat ever since has never had an orchestra which didn’t include “Kajrare kajrare” in the playlist.
‘Naya Daur’ is a 1957 Bollywood movie starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. The song “Ye desh hai veer jawano ka” from this movie for some reason made it through to every playlist of a North Indian wedding. It is quite bizarre in a sense as this song is not even remotely related to a wedding occasion. But nevertheless you wouldn’t find a barat in the North where this song is not played.
‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ was a Sunny Deol blockbuster with Ameesha Patel as the lead actress. The song “Main nikla gaddi leke” by Udit Narayan in this movie is another barat favorite. It is especially a preference among the Punjabis and therefore a sure shot entry in this list of songs that you wouldn’t be able to resist grooving to.
‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ is the 2011 comedy featuring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol in the lead roles. The song “Tinku jiya” was sung by Mamta Sharma and Javed Ali and filmed on Dharmendra and Bobby Deol. It is one of those songs that managed to creep swiftly right into the list of barat songs. It fits the bill perfectly for a song meant for an enthusiastic upbeat barat.
‘Tees Maar Khan’ is a 2010 comedy featuring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna. The song “Sheila Ki Jawani” sung by Vishal Dadlani and Sunidhi Chauhan was perhaps the only thing in this movie that was received positively by the audience. A chartbuster in its own right, the song has ever since been played in every wedding and particularly in every North Indian wedding procession.
‘Raja Babu’ is a 1994 Hindi movie featuring Karishma Kapoor and Govinda. “Sarkai lo khatiya” sung by Kumar Sanu and Poornima proved to be a major chartbuster after the film’s release. Unwittingly thus this song, too, became a regular at barats. Having all the essential features of a fun song accompanied by invigorating beats, this is another interesting entry to this list of Indian wedding songs.
‘Dev D’ was a film starring Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin. It was the modern-day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic Bengali novel Devdas. The song “Emosanal attyachaar” performed by BandMaster Rangeela and Rasila is funny and unique in its own way. Picturised on the occasion of a wedding, this song is perfect as a barat song from all aspects. It is one of those songs played in repeat mode for baratis.
‘Chor Machaye Shor’ is a 1974 Hindi movie featuring Shashi Kapoor and Mumtaz. The song “Le jayenge le jayenge” from this movie sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle is one of the most played Indian wedding songs. It has been played ever since its release in almost every barat with the baratis dancing to their hearts content. It is a song meant for the occasion and hence undoubtedly has been a barat favourite for about four decades.
‘Aadmi Sadak Ka’ is a 1977 Bollywood movie which features the song “Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai” sung by Mohammed Rafi. Without a doubt this is the most popular of all songs played in a North Indian barat. Friends of the groom dancing with feverish zeal to this song are a common sight in a North Indian Wedding and hence, quite naturally, this tops the list.