Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let me wish all the readers a very happy Valentine’s Day.


I published a valentine’s day post a couple of years ago. I had selected the songs that actually say ‘I’m in love’ or ‘I Love You’. The post was (of course) based on the songs from 50s and 60s. I was not prepared for today’s post. But suddenly at the spur of moment I found myself thinking why not? Though I’m already writing about the 1990s, today’s post has nothing to do with that.But let me share a screenshot from a song of 1990s that suits the occasion.


I would never have done a post on the songs past 2000. But I do have a few favourites from the films released post 2000. It was a good opportunity for me to do so for today’s post. I am trying to test the songs on the scale of longevity . I included the romantic songs from the post 2000 era, that I could recall without having to think about it . I purposely included the songs released at least ten years ago. (For those who are wondering about the release year, I do recall the release years of the majority of the films). The latest song on the list is from a 2008 movie. I won’t claim anything about the songs being the best from the years. The songs are just my favourites!

And I later realized I have selected all the duets, without any apparent reason. Maybe my concept of romantic songs revolves around duets. And the majority of the songs are composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Again that wasn’t planned. It just happened and of course the trio is my favourite. So I might have remembered their songs more than other composer’s songs.

So here we go in no particular order,

1. Ishq Hua Hi Hua – Aaja Nach Le (2007) Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal / Salim Sulaiman – Jaideep Sahni
I like the song a lot. I also like the picturisation of the song. It’s funny as well as romantic. The verses also give opportunities for the supporting characters to show the romantic side. In all for me, it tops today’s list. I like the expressions of Madhuri and Konkana. Konkana is so natural and spontaneous, though she can’t be called conventionally beautiful.

2. Main Agar Kahoon – Om Shanti Om (2007) Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal / Vishal Shekhar – Javed Akhtar
A struggling newcomer, Om has a deep liking and attraction for the top actress Shanti. He allows his mind to race and imagines that he has proposed to her. She of course has not thought of him as her lover. For her he’s just a crazy fan. But the song in the praise of a woman’s beauty is very melodious.
The film was a mixture of the Hindi movies of the bygone years, like Madhumati and Karz. It was a story of reincarnation, with a typical Farah Khan touch of humour to it.

3. Bol Na Halke Halke – Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Mahalaxmi Iyyer / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Gulzar
A very melodious and lyrically very good song. Of course, Gulzar’s songs are always meaningful and have deeper thoughts than appears at the face value.
I haven’t seen the movie, which was a complete disaster at the box office. But even after more than ten long years, the song is frequently played on the FM radio and each time I enjoy it a lot. But the song is picturised in an average way, not much impressive. But in case you’re a Preity Zinta fan, here’s it.

4. Hum Tum – Hum Tum (2004) Alka Yagnik & Babul Supriyo / Jatin Lalit – Prasoon Joshi
It’s the first rain song on the list. I was studying for post graduation and the film was very popular. Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji’s characters realize the love blossoming between them. It’s really puzzling to me as to why the filmy characters need rain or the thunder to realize their love? Rainy season is always considered romantic and the films always tend to take its help for a romantic duet. The couple in question imagines themselves in the place of romancing couples, they come across on the way. I liked the idea very much. Enjoy the romantic rain.

5. Kucch Na Kaho – Kuchh Na Kaho (2003) Sadhna Sargam & Shaan / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Javed Akhtar
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai did a number of movies together in the 2000s. None of them were actually successful at the box office. But the majority of the movies had good songs. The said movie wasn’t an exception,the title track still maintains popularity. The picturisation and the dance steps are good too. The movie had a different setting than the routine Bollywood movies, but I don’t remember the details now. Javed Akhtar is refreshingly good with the lyrics in the song, and the singers and composers also complement it completely. The opening whistle was very popular.

6. Aao Na – Kyun Ho Gaya Na (2004) Sadhna Sargam & Udit Narayan / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Javed Akhtar
The song with its opening sargam was also a chartbuster of the year. The song describes how this world suddenly becomes magical if you fall in love. Even the breathing appears musical, and heart beats provide a rhythm to it. The couple feels love all around. They never want to separate and wish each other’s company.
It was the only film, Aishwarya and Vivek acted together. He was deeply in love and confessed so in public. However, she never uttered a word about it. It ended in a dramatic way, but let’s listen to the wonderfully melodious song, keeping the gossip aside.

7. Pal Pal Har Pal – Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal / Shantanu Moitra – Swanand Kirkire
I haven’t seen the movie and I’m not aware of the situation in the song, but my wife knows. She told me, Vidya Balan is under the impression that Sanjay Dutt is going to confess his love the next day. While he is going to tell his reality and is not sure about her decision. So their feelings are poles apart.
The audio song is more appropriate for today’s occasion. The song is inspired by a song by Cliff Richard, here’s the link.

8. Jane Kyon Log Pyar Karte Hai – Dil Chahta Hai (2001) Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Javed Akhtar
Another different song on the list. The couple is talking for and against love. Though it doesn’t sound like a romantic song, it actually is. He is more or less teasing her than actually expressing his feelings. The song appears in the film, when both of them haven’t confessed their love to each other. In fact, both of them are yet to realize it.

9. Agar Main Kahoon – Lakshya (2004) Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Javed Akhtar
When I heard the song for the time, It felt weird. It’s so like a conversation. That too so informal, almost completely casual. But later realized that was the real beauty of the song. There’s romance throughout the song. It’s certainly different than all the other songs on the list.
Again a movie that I saw during my post graduation days. It was a very good movie, and Hritik Roshan and Preity Zinta portrayed different characters than routine Bollywood ones. Hritik was good, expressing the transformation from a confused, irresponsible lad to a responsible young man.
Javed Akhtar was in full form in the 2000s. He brought a fresh wave of lyrics. The audience was a little bored with the clichรฉs of earlier lyricists.

10. Bakhuda Tumhi Ho – Kismat Konnection (2008) Alka Yagnik & Atif Aslam / Pritam – Sayeed Quadri
It was a good movie, if not great. Nevertheless, the song is memorable and melodious. Contrary to the other songs on the list, it’s not a soft romantic song. It has a lot of passion and energy. Atif Aslam’s strongly passionate voice stands out in contrast to soft and touchy expressions in Alka Yagnik’s voice. I love the song for the contrast. And I liked the pairing of Vidya Balan and Shahid Kapoor, though it did not appeal much to the audiences.

11. Thoda Sa Pyar Hua Hai – Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (2002) Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan / Dabbo Malik – Faiz Anwar
The movie was released when I was studying for post graduation entrance exam. I think it was Sohail Khan’s debut. The song was very popular. It is very romantic and the couple asks for a lifetime commitment. Daboo Malik had a promising start but didn’t succeed. The leading singers of the 1990s were on the top in the opening years of the new decade and we can clearly experience their magic in the song. The opening electric guitar piece is so good, it makes the song memorable.

12. Dekho Na Dekho Na – Fanaa (2006) Sunidhi Chouhan & Sonu Nigam / Jatin Lalit – Prasoon Joshi
Sunidhi has a great voice. Though she can sing very softly, with no raw feelings in her voice, she isn’t usually called for such songs. But given an opportunity, she gives an excellent performance. Even whispering sentences sounds so expressive and touchy. I’m in love with the song from the moment I heard it. What can I say about Sonu Nigam, he always excels in romantic songs. A perfect song for Valentines on a rainy day.

Would you add your favourite?

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Mehfil Mein Meri, claims no credit for any image, movie poster, screenshots or songs posted on this site. Images on this blog are posted to make the text interesting. The images and screenshots are the copyright of their original owners. The song links are shared from YouTube, only for the listening convenience of music lovers. The copyright of these songs rests with the respective owners, producers and music companies.

7 Replies to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Even many of the songs are my favorite too sir. I have performed ishq hua hi hua and mai agar kahu during my college days. Dekho na is still in my current playlist. Looking forward to some more of
    blogs on the current era๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ


    1. Akash,
      Welcome to Mehfil and thank you visiting and commenting. I know you are a gifted singer and I would love to listen to the songs you have performed already.
      I don’t know whether I will continue writing about the current era songs, because by 2010, I completely lost interest in Hindi film songs and now I hardly if at all, I listen to today’s songs. But let’s see.
      Keep on visiting.


    1. Thank you AKji for the appreciation.
      Happy Valentine’s day to you too.
      And, I agree with you, current movies are mainly action based, with stunts and fight sequences. And getting appreciation for the same.
      Romance is not a main theme of today’s films. The earlier decade (2001-2010) still, had a good number of romantic songs, and some of them were likable too.


  2. I tried to reply once, but the site didn’t accept it. And I have forgotten what I wrote exactly. But the long and short of that is I mentioned two songs- “Tumse hi” & “Aaoge jab tum o saajna” from “Jab We Met” which are among my favourites of the decade covered. Also the movie itself is very romantic and on my any time watch list.
    Further, is the snap in the beginning from “Khiladi”, if so it’s song “Vaada Raha sanam” I like a lot and it fits the theme too. But I believe you had it covered in one of the 1990’s post. That was all I guess.
    Oh! I remembered- I mentioned my favourites in this list- the one’s on No. 6, 8, 10 & 11.


    1. Jab We Met is my favourite too and I can watch it anytime.
      I should have remembered, Tum Se Hi
      But as I said, I made a list from the songs that came to my mind. I didn’t think of that song, though I like it.

      The screenshot is from Khiladi, and I covered it in 1991 list.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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