onsdag 7 augusti 2013

Title Songs of TV Shows – Hummable or Forgettable?

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A lot goes into the creating the packaging of a show. From the title of the show to the songs that play when the montages run at the start and in between breaks. Indian Television Industry is of course famous for using popular and sometimes not so popular songs as their titles for the show. We shall discuss about them some other day as perhaps, that has been chewed upon a lot of times. Today, we have a different agenda.
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We were mulling over, yes the team does get some time in between work to sit and talk about all and sundry which leads to us discussing the TV shows. Coming from various age groups, we started discussing title songs that are catchy, identifiable and hummable. How the identity of a show is attached with its title songs. Some of us were talking about Kyun Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and one of us even enacted the montage where Tulsi opens the doors of her house and invites “the audience” in. Epic, is what we thought as it was symbolic.
Ok, so we digress. But truly, did anyone of you start humming the song, Rishton ke bhi roop badaltey hain…? Truly, tell usDiya-aur-Baati-Hum
Then there was another song, Jeevan kar leta hai sringar, sach hai na kumkum se...
These are just examples as titles songs of series like, Kausauti Zindagi Key, Kahin Toh Hoga were very popular. And then, while discussing the title songs (yes, here is where the Bollywood songs feature), we ended up singing the original Bollywood song and there is one odd one amongst us, who could not remember the Bollywood song but just the song from the title. And that was from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. The title song was the only tune that came to Bunny’s mind, forgetting what the original song by Sonu Nigam (the singer was remembered not the song), and had to be Googled.
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The other title songs we discussed were from Diya Aur Baati Hum, a beautiful rendition by Kailash Kher and Shubha Mudgal, . One from Bade Achche Lagtey Hai (though the original Bollywood song does haunt us), by Shreya Ghosal, is again a revamped version. One of the best we find is from Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, Saiiyaan, Naino Ki Bhasha Samjhe Na. And that is just one of our member’s opinion. You all can agree to disagree. Of course, there are other titles from Balika Vadhu, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Madhubala, Pyaar Ka Dard Hai, Punar Vivaah and many more. Do tell us does Choti si umar from Balika Vadhu affect you? Or like one of us said, the title song from Gulaal,  Gulaal Hai, Gulaal Hai… did not do much, even though it brought the flavor of Gujarat. Do you know the title song of Saubhagyavati Bhava?
Of course, series like Qubool Hai, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi, Humse Hai Life and Suvreen Guggal – Topper of the Year have gone beyond title tracks and given a phrase that defines the romantic moments between the couple. From Maahi Ve to Rabba Ve, the latest being Mitwa, Ishq par Zor Nahin add that extra level of recognition and relatability for the viewers. The song created for Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, by Javed Ali, Kyon Palkon Pe Tere Saaye Hain is  melodious, Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi’s title song by Daler Mehdi, gave you the very smell of Punjab. Humse Hai Life and Suvreen Guggal – Topper of the Year did not just have a title track but had songs that the cast sang in the show, which is original. Can you tell us what they were? Qubool Hai had the Sufi song Kalma Tere Naam Ka, which creates a different melody for all and adds an atmosphere that is divine.
Now, point of all this discussion was to find out, if you all feel the same way or is there something we can add to this community banter of ours. Tell us which title tracks hound you, haunt you and make you hum them and other that just make you say, “Blah”.
We found some compilation online of varied songs, but not all. Would anyone help us create this list and the tracks available? We have had requests for the songs from 4 Lions Films stable and we are trying to get those in mp3 format for you all. In the meantime, can we do this? Of course, that person or persons will be given full credit for compilation and an article dedicated to them.  We shall make a post for you all on the Forum to add the list of songs and the tracks in mp3 format. We ask this, as some of you die hard followers of various shows, would have them downloaded at the time when they were aired. We don’t have to go to the beginning (we would like to), but the length of the list will determine how successful we have been as Forum 32 Community.
So do take this further and follow what Care Khan has to say, “Care and Share”.