Sunday 4, June 2023

10 memorable songs of Bappi Lahiri that charmed generations

Legendary Indian singer and music composer Bappi Lahiri passed away on Tuesday night. The dynamic artiste created some evergreen songs that have gone on to define Indian cinema.

While Bappi Lahiri became a household name with his disco-style songs and techno beats, his work struck an emotional chord with Indian moviegoers. His illustrious career was marked by numerous romantic numbers that have gained a special place in the hearts of millions. 

Bappi Lahiri composed tracks that dominated the silver screen for many years. Let us rewind to ten of the finest songs by the musical icon. 

Yaad Aa Raha Hai Tera Pyar - 'Disco Dancer' (1982)

The song from "Disco Dancer", released in 1982, is one of the most popular songs in Indian cinema. Essentially an electronic track, it was noted for its minimalist and synthesised sounds. The song has been described as a disco anthem by many and critics have gone on to name it one of the best tracks by Bappi Da.

Jawani Jaaneman - 'Namak Halaal'  (1982)

This song is a favourite dance track among many. It was beautifully picturised on Parveen Babi. 

Koi Yahan Naache Naache - 'Disco Dancer' (1982)

Another song from "Disco Dancer", this certified dance number is sure to get you grooving. Inspired by the pop anthem, "Radio Killed tThe Video Star" by the Buggles, Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri's voices make this song one for the ages. 

Tamma Tamma - 'Thanedaar'  (1990)

A party track, "Tamma Tamma" brought together Bappi Lahiri and Madhuri Dixit. It was recreated decades later for "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. 

De De Pyar De - 'Sharaabi' (1964)

"De De Pyar De" is what popular songs are made of. This is a declaration of love and a celebration of romance, all at once. 

Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet - 'Chalte Chalte' (1976) 

The song, composed by Bappi Lahiri and sung by the legendary Kishore Kumar, has a special place in the hearts of Indian moviegoers. The sentimental lyrics and verses on love and longing appealed to the masses. The song was picturised on Simi Garewal and Vishal Anand.

Intehan Ho Gayi - 'Sharabi' (1964)

The song from the Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya Prada starrer by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle is iconic. "Sharabi", composed by Bappi Da, had six songs sung by Kishore Kumar. In 1964, Kishore Kumar was the only singer to be nominated for songs from the same album. "Intehan Ho Gayi" became widely popular among moviegoers. 

Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re - 'Saaheb' (1985)

This is one number that works both as a love song  and a party track. Starring Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh, this is a must-have on your playlist. 

Naino Main Sapna - 'Himmatwala' (1983)

This song is considered to be one of the biggest hits of Bappi Lahiri's career. Moreover, it became popular among the audience for Sridevi and Jitendra's amazing chemistry. The song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. It became a talking point for using designer pots for visual aesthetics, and following the South Indian template of romantic dance numbers. 

Ooh La La - 'The Dirty Picture' (2011)

While Bappi Lahiri did not compose this song, he made it unforgettable with his distinct voice and style alongside Shreya Ghosal. The track, featuring Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah, is a walk down nostalgia lane to the 80s.