Yaar Mod Do – Guru Randhawa, Millind Gaba

This heart-warming song sung and penned by the young mellifluous duo of the Punjabi Music Industry, Guru Randhawa and Millind Gaba, is the newest ode to Friendship. I happened to hear it while flipping through my favourite Punjabi channels and honestly, paused because of Guru Randhawa. His songs like Khat, Outfit and Patola are a rage (Patola, being a personal favourite). I’m glad I stopped to listen because there hasn’t been such a soulful number on friendship in a long time. The instant you think Friendship Song, you think Yaar Anmulle (Sherry Mann) or Yaariyan (Babbal Rai) but now we have another and I don’t hear anyone complaining!

The sincerity in their words travels through their beautiful voices and into your bloodstream like tiny shock-waves, leaving you covered in goosebumps. No matter who you are – a college student who meets his gang everyday but hasn’t realised how valuable they really are or a professional perpetually short on time who can’t recall the last time he caught up with his pals – this track will compel you to stop, reflect and act. It plucks at the heart-strings and will make you pick that phone to make the long-overdue call to your BFF.

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The song is intensely nostalgia-evoking with the melody in perfect tandem. You may catch yourself day-dreaming and smiling as you’re reminded of your gang. Passing the bill on and pretending you’re out of cash, happy-highs with the squad, demanding a treat like it’s your birth-right, leg-pulling and endless laughter. The video, however, is heartrending. Seems like an anomaly when observed separately but if you’re not the baal-ki-khaal nikaalne waala person, you’ll appreciate how the picturisation and vocals manage to blend beautifully all the same. The song takes your mind on an emotional journey, replete with smiles and tears.

Do note the tick-tick-tick of a clock that plays throughout the song. It starts the instant the boys are informed about their friends’ critical condition (at 1:23 in the video), to when they see them after a successful, life-saving operation (at 4:46) There’s a moment where we see a clock’s hands move and the beats drop down to a mere tick-tock (2:38). Though fleeting, it adds a metaphorical touch, almost signifying the ephemeral nature of our being.

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Lai lo paisa te lai lo pyaar, mainu mere yaar mod do… Take money and take love away but please return my friends to me. Less literally, the lead vocalists recount memories with their buddies and offer to give up everything they possess, in exchange of those lost friends. Phone de wallpaper te ne jo chaar, ohi chaar yaar mod do… Words that hit home and make you realise how friendship takes a blow in this mad rush called life.

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Special mention to Millind Gaba for his touching performance. He’s the man behind the music that does justice to the sublime lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well he can act too. In a particular scene where he is seen reminiscing their Shanivaar drinking-in-the-car scenes (3:16), the seamless change in expressions, from smiling to being reduced to tears, reveals his acting prowess!

It’s been around 2 weeks to the release and the song’s been playing on-loop ever since. Yaar Mod Do is after my heart for more reasons than one. Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to write and let the world know about its sheer brilliance on all counts; right from the spell-binding lyrics to the vocals, the video to its execution. This isn’t a review by any means, it’s pure appreciation. Kudos and major respect to everyone behind this master piece! Thank you for giving us the latest Friendship Anthem.

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Latest Punjabi Wedding Songs

Winter’s here, which means it’s Wedding Season! Band, baaja, baaraat time *woot, woot!* Indian weddings are synonymous with music; Mehendi, Sangeet, Shaadi, Reception – and the other innumerable rasam and rivaaz in between – are incomplete without it.

A wedding is a colossal affair where everyone, from relatives to the mohalle-waale, is involved; even when it comes to music. We’ve heard it all:

  • Ladies of the house and the neighbourhood aunties – particularly the zealous aunties – singing their hearts out,
  • The live orchestra at Sangeet functions playing classics like Mere angne mein tumhara kya kaam hai
  • Band-wallahs announcing your yaar’s shaadi to the entire city,
  • And the DJ belting out one Yo Yo Honey Singh number after another.

Speaking of which, Punjabi songs deserve a special mention. No wedding is complete without a Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol or Main Toh Ainvayi, Ainvayi. Admit it! So, if you’re out hunting for the best contemporary Punjabi songs to brighten up your friend’s, sibling’s, or heck, even your own wedding ceremonies, you’re at the right place.

I’ve been pondering over this list since quite some time now so be rest assured a lot of thought and research has gone into it. If only college research work could be this fun. *Ahem*

I’ve done away with Bollywood Punjabi songs, because they’re basically inescapable, and stuck to those from latest Punjabi movies and albums. (To maintain recency, all listed songs are 2013-2015 releases). It’s pretty much got something for everyone. You’ll love these if you’re a Punjabi music fan, or a Punjabi, or both!

  1. Godday Godday Chaa – Malkit Singh

The happiest song I’ve heard in a long time. Anyone with a large family who loves their food, drink and dance will instantly connect with and love it. It address every possible member of one’s family from Mummy-Daddy, Chacha-Chachi, Maasi-Maasar, brothers, sisters, jija, friends, relatives and the entire gathering; with ‘Kaala Doriya’ thrown in for good measure. You won’t feel left out with this one no matter how you’re related (or not) to the groom!

  1. Sithneyan – Jaz Dhami

Sithneyan refers to light banter that ensues between the maternal (Naanke) and paternal (Daadke) sides of the family. The song has run into a controversy-of-sorts where some consider the lyrics to be offensive (with reference to the YouTube comments). However, for those who can take it with a pinch of salt, this is one enjoyable song.

  1. Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo – Title Song

Punjabi folk music with a twist of modernity! Sung by Amrinder Gill and Shipra Goyal, this song is naturally beautiful and captures the essence of traditional Punjabi songs; the only twist being the silver di taar.

  1. Glassi – Mr. & Mrs. 420

The people who stand strong through the entire wedding rigmarole deserve a song in their honour, right? No, not the bride and groom; I’m talking about their friends. These guys (and girls) put their heart and soul into performing their BFF duties, which of course earns them the right to enjoy to the fullest! After all, if it wasn’t for your buddies, who would breathe life into your Sangeet and Mehendi? And who would dance in your baaraat as if his life depends on it, haan?

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve seen people take these lines a tad seriously – ‘ajj nachna ae sir te glassi rakhke’ and ‘muh vich rumaal paake hath naal ghumaavangey’; even when the song doesn’t call for it. Such is the level of enthusiasm and energy. Believe me you definitely want this on your list. Plus, it has Jassi Gill, Yuvraj Hans and Binnu Dhillon for God’s sake. Need more reasons?

  1. Ghagre Di Lauwn – Dildariyaan

It calls for only 3 things: dance, dance and dance. The beats of the song and voices of Jassi Gill and Kaur B make you forget the world and do the Bhangra, shoulder chak chak ke!

  1. Saa Charju – PNB

Wedding playlist without the quintessential Girls Vs. Boys Bhangra song? Whaaa? Nuh-uh! This one by hit-machine PBN is absolutely fun and will linger in your mind all day. It indulges in a healthy battle of the sexes and has some amazing beats fit for the bhangre de rajas and giddeyaan di ranis! Bring together the men and women of the family and let the dance war begin. Don’t forget the Grey Goose. Just saying. It is after all a wedding, no?

  1. Shagna Di Tyari – Happy Raikoti (7 Knaalan)

‘Every girl dreams of her wedding day’; har ladki ka sapna and all that. I was reminded of these cringe-worthy statements we’ve heard a million times over and pleasantly surprised to see how the cliché has been taken and turned on its head in the most adorable way. Ha! So, it isn’t only the girls who dream of their big day! Shanga Di Tyari is a song from the boy’s point-of-view (finally!) and a masterpiece by young gun, Happy Raikoti.

  1. Dil Da Plot – Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin

This one by Jassi Gill & Roshan Prince, the immensely talented duo that has taken the Punjabi music scene by storm, is a must-have on your wedding playlist. (Come to think of it, I’ve unintentionally listed quite a few Jassi Gill songs; seems like he’s ruling the roost. Good for him!)

Baaki kudiyaan da 22, 23, 24, 25, 26… The play on the word ‘boycott’, ‘bai’cott (in the Punjabi accent) and ‘22’ (the number 22 is pronounced in Punjabi as bāī) is epic and terribly cute. That was just FYI because you mustn’t miss out on it.

  1. Aaja Bhangra Pa Laiye – Saadi Love Story

Diljit Dosanjh and Amrinder Gill. What? Isn’t that reason enough for a song to be absolutely phenomenal? You have Navraj Hans’ vocals to boot. Okay, Surveen Chawla is the leading lady. Happy now? Yay! *ting*

  1. Nanke Dadke (Boliyan) – Raj Ghuman

One solely for the Punjabi weddings! Think the list is incomplete without Boliyaan? Me too. So here you go! In her distinct voice, Raj Ghuman sings this beautiful number, which gets feet tapping and the entire family dancing! Burrraahh!

I can’t help adding one more to my initial list ‘cuz 10 is just not enough! Here’s a bonus:

  1. Singh Naal Jodi – Sukhshinder Shinda & Diljit Dosanjh

One simply can’t put together a Punjabi playlist and give the most effervescent and lively jodi a miss. Go traditional with this beautiful Singh-Kaur track sung by the remarkable duo of Diljit Dosanjh and Sukhshinder Shinda. O chakkle dholiye!

There! You’re now ready to impress the family with your knowledge of fantastic songs! You’re welcome 😀

The Ultimate Roadie – Prince Narula

Besides the obvious – he’s won the 12th season of MTV Hero Roadies X2, a show that needs no introduction – there are a number of reasons to love this Champ!

1. PTC Punjabi Mr. Punjab (2014) Runner-Up – I wonder how many knew that. Prince has a clear track record of accepting challenges and smashing them Like.A.Boss. He’s focused, knows what he wants and goes out and gets it!

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2. Self confessed fitness freak – Have you SEEN his perfectly sculpted body? Well, that’s taken years of hard work. 6 years, to be precise. Let me remind you, he’s only 25 years old.

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3. Jatt kehnda uth lehn de – This guy can do a full split with a smile on his face and a song on his lips. Really, what more do you want?! Is it just me or does the song sort-of fit the situation? Teri khabar lahunga khadke ve jatt kehnda uth lehn de.

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4. Brain & Brawn – He’s quick-witted, honest and has amazing convincing power. He can floor you with his words, which was evident in the audition itself.

5. Prince ek hi hai yahan par – There’s only one Prince. The determination in him can be defined in one plain Hindi term – Junoon. His resolve isn’t of ordinary level; he just won’t take no for an answer and failure is not an option. He has to be one of the most inspiring Roadies thus far.

6. Walks the talk – And I promise ke main jeetunga. He means what he says and does what he means. These were his prophetic words to Rannvijay (Singha) when he was selected, “Sir, aapki baat sununga aur Roadie banke jaunga”. He made them come true and how! If that is not motivating, what is?

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7. Guts and grit – Facing your brother-like buddy in the finale of a life time isn’t the easiest thing; especially when your opponent is Gurmeet Singh Rehal. Yet, he beat an equally strong and well-deserving candidate, to bag the coveted title. What a display of sportsman spirit it was!

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8. The guy with a vadda dil – His gesture of giving the Hero Karizma ZMR, that he won on the show, to Gurmeet, is commendable! He’s indeed a person with a huge heart and it goes to show how he values friendship.

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9. The fans – Needless to say, Prince has a huge fan following, with people rushing to see him wherever he goes. I read an interview where he spoke about a girl jumping out of an auto just to meet him. Well, he deserves every bit of the adulation he gets. With over 35K (and counting) followers on Instagram (@princenarula) and a Facebook profile that cannot accept any more friend requests, he’s surely won the hearts of the masses.

10. That smile – Is to die for. Yes, I’ve finally arrived at the point many must’ve been waiting to get to. It is a 1000 watt, million dollar and whatever-you-please smile. Add dimples and you my friend, have a weapon of mass destruction! Don’t believe me? Here take a look at this –

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11. Splitsvilla Season 8 – Watch the rough-tough hero go ‘cute’. Catch him on the latest season of Splitsvilla, as the Prince of Roadies turns into the King of hearts!

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Here’s the audition, start watching the video from 12:41!

Enjoy!

Taazgi Ka Dhamaka

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” said Friedrich Nietzsche and rightly so. I’m one of those people who have a playlist on every gadget; from my PC to laptop to iPad. Heck! I even got myself an iPod when I could’ve managed well with a mobile phone. Such is the love my heart holds for music and I can’t go a day without listening to or singing (in my not-so-melodious voice) a song. They say you can never overdose on music. Word!

Songs have an uncanny knack of neutralizing one’s bad mood. Not to mention they possess magical healing powers that can raise one’s spirit and energy level in no time!

For someone who is an avid music lover, you’ll find, my playlist is a conglomerate of diverse music genres; ranging from Rock to Sufi, Pop to Ghazals, Devotional to EDM and songs from Bollywood to Regional Cinema as well. Here are just the ones you need for some Taazgi Ka Dhamaka!

I’m too hot (hot damn), call a police and a fireman,
I’m too hot (hot damn), make a dragon wanna retire man!

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk you up with their catchy lyrics and super peppy music that’ll leave you energised. Don’t believe me, just watch!

Speaking of catchy lyrics, how do we forget this one from Delhi Belly? Tongue-in-cheek, brazen and absolutely uplifting, Bhaag D.K. Bose created quite a stir and for more reasons than one. It still has you grinning when it plays. Let’s not get into the details, we all know why it got the attention it did. 😉

This one’s a refreshing rendition of the legendary ‘Duma Dum Mast Qalandar’ which is a spiritual Sindhi song written by Sufi Saint Baba Bulleh Shah in praise of Sufi mystic Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Energetic music is synonymous with high decibel songs, right? Wrong. Sometimes, the calming effect of a serene ode to nature works wonders too. Energy and calm in the same sentence may sound like an oxymoron. It isn’t though. Try it and see for yourself!

While we’re discussing Bollywood of the 90s, I must mention Ram Lakhan. Anil Kapoor, besides being my all time favourite, is one of the best looking Kapoors Bollywood has seen. My Name Is Lakhan, is not only a memorable song but its stunning picturization and typical Anil Kapoor dance moves have left a lasting impression; especially on the ‘90s babies’.

Remember Powerless by Nelly Furtado? Sprinkle it with some Punjabi beats and behold the perfect concoction of taazgi and energy to beat the blues!

Talking about energetic music and giving Rock music a miss? No way! This is where I bring in ‘high-decibel’. Chester Bennington has to have the most tuneful scream in the world! Linkin Park has my heart when it comes to rap-rock. As for what others think, in the end, it doesn’t even matter!

Who doesn’t need a little encouragement and pick-me-up from time to time? Trust Katy Perry to be that ray of inspiration when you feel low. ‘Cuz I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.

Any playlist is incomplete without Bhangraaa! Here’s a collection of some foot-tapping numbers, performed to by the likes of Yuvraj Hans and Harish Verma, two shining stars of the Punjabi Film Industry. They up the energy quotient of the already well-loved songs! Don’t miss their colourful attire! Burrraahh!

Aaannd saving the best for the end, this is the video of superstar Allu Arjun and the brilliant singing sensation Anushka Manchanda, grooving to the Colgate MaxFresh beats, with some MaxFresh Moves! Watch the video and enjoy your dose of Taazgi Ka Dhamaka!

I am blogging for #MaxFreshMove activity atBlogAdda in association with Colgate MaxFresh 

Punjab 1984

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~ Ohna Maavaan De Naam Jo Ajj Vi Apne Puttan Nu Udeekdiyaan Ne ~

(Dedicated to those mothers who await their sons even today)

Recently, the film completed a year since its release; an opportune instance for a recap and another round of applause. It deserves all the accolades in the world and then some more. I write not as a reviewer but a viewer; not as a critic but a fan, who’s watched it for the third time today. I write this, as I marvel at the evident diligence that has gone into its making. As a tribute to the director, actors, producers; I write, in obeisance to the martyrs who succumbed to those trying times.
Actor-Director duo of Diljit Dosanjh and Anurag Singh collaborated for the fourth time to create magic on-screen yet again. I personally feel glad to see the Punjabi Film Industry deviating from the comedy genre and making more thought-provoking movies.
The 1984 Punjab insurgency forms the crux. Focus, however, does not waver as it showcases the plight of a mother. One, who like many of that time, waited in anticipation to see her missing son return. The film depicts the journey of Satwant Kaur, looking for the apple of her eye, Shivjeet Singh Mann.

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Kirron Kher as Satwant Kaur takes one on an emotional roller coaster. It rends my heart to see Diljit Dosanjh’s character, the happy-go-lucky simpleton, raise a rifle. I believe, if you truly hate a villain, the actor has done his job well; trust Pavan Malhotra to deliver a stupendous performance every time. Sonam Bajwa looks lovely in her rustic avatar. Special mention to the supporting star cast whose stellar performances give you something to take back, a smile here and a tear there.
If Swaah Bann Ke doesn’t give you goose bumps, you probably need to get your pulse checked. All the songs are soul-stirring and leave a lasting impression.
All in all, with a strong story line, breath-taking performances and quality cinematography, Punjab 1984 has the makings of a contemporary classic.
For those who haven’t yet seen the film:
1. What are you waiting for? Hanukkah?
2. Spoiler alert! –>
It’s gut-wrenching to see the hero of the script succumb to a bullet at the very end. Just when you see him returning home, calling ‘Bole So Nihaal’ and are convinced it’s going to be a happy ending, *bam!* your hopes are dashed. As Shivjeet breathes his last, his mother’s wail rattles the soul and haunts you for a long time after you’re done watching.
On that note, I cannot wait to see Sardaar Ji, the latest and already very successful release of shining star Diljit Dosanjh.

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