When I started the blog, in 2017, I had a theme in my mind. The theme was about the songs with whistling. Let it be in the prelude or interlude or anywhere.
It should be an integral part of the song and I’ve observed many times that such whistling parts form an identity of the song. We can instantly identify the song, listening to the whistling from that particular song.
In the first part of the post, I obviously had songs from the Hindi films of the 1940s – 50s – 60s. Now that my 1990s series is in good shape, I’ve planned to dedicate today’s post to the songs of the 1990s.
In general whistling adds a different quality to the song. It adds a carefree attitude and cheerfulness that is unparalleled. Whistling is an art, and I think professional whistlers do exist. Even though it’s a simple physics, the positivity it creates is amazing. It instantly changes the mood of a song making it a pleasure.
The earliest song on my previous list was from a 1941 movie called Khazanchi. The idea of a bicycle trip and the troop whistling cheerfully wasn’t taken in a good spirit then. It was criticized for being low moral values, or even vulgar. Fortunately the scenes changed for good, and in a 1943 film, Kismet, Ashok Kumar was seen whistling in a song that was hugely popular. I think slowly the whistling became an acceptable addition to the songs, and in the film, Nau Do Gyarah (1957), the whistling was heard in the majority of the songs.
I wonder, if a sad song ever had whistling? I remember the song, ‘So Gaya Yeh Jahan‘ from Tezaab that has whistling in the interludes. It’s not exactly a completely sad song, but it has sad shadows to it. In fact, one of the verses has a gloomy mood. One of the songs on the list also has a mood other than romantic. The whistling in the song, I think highlights the insouciant behaviour of the characters. They are too resolute to their mission to care for minor things. The whistle is an expression of their dauntless nature.
It is not a surprise that nearly all the songs on the list are romantic, barring a couple of exceptions. I think we should go to the list at once. But before that, let me add a screenshot from a song of the 1990s that has brief moments of whistling. Knowledgeable readers are supposed to identify the song or the film or both.
So here we go in no particular order………………
1. Chori Chori Jab Nazaren Mili – Kareeb (1998) Kumar Sanu & Sanjivani / Anu Malik – Rahat Indori
The song, the whistle, (and the actress, Neha) all became popular. The song came as a breeze of fresh air as it sounded like a O P Nayyar composition. Even Sanjivani sang like the singers of the 1950s, mainly the mukhada she sang near the end. The whistling is mainly background, but it was so popular. I distinctly remember it as the promos of the film used to start with the whistle, featuring Neha carrying an umbrella in a very simple attire. Though the songs were extremely popular, Sanjivani couldn’t get many opportunities in Bollywood. Neha looked innocent and beautiful, despite the simple attire, attracted attention and was very popular. Though later her career couldn’t take off , her debut was very much talked about.
2. Chhod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyan – Maachis (1996) Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, K K & Vinod Sahgal / Vishal Bharadwaj – Gulzar
The boys fondly remember their homes, their past life which was perfectly normal and happy. Their life took a turn for the unexpected and now there is no way back. Each one of them has his own reasons for sorrows.
It was actually the first song that I remembered when I started thinking about the post. The song and the whistle are popular till date. The film was directed by Gulzar, who handled a very sensitive issue of anti Sikh riots that took place in the 80s in Punjab. How a common man can turn into a violent person due the atrocities he faces due to gross injustice by political systems. The film was critically acclaimed and was a box office success too. Excellent performances by the main and supporting cast along with a great musical score by Vishal Bharadwaj made it popular. Very brilliantly rendered by all the singers. It was K K’s first hit film song.
3. Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaoon – Yes Boss (1997) Abhijeet & Alka Yagnik / Jatin Lalit – Javed Akhtar
Another song that I could instantly recollect for the list. The whistling is for a short period, but its place in the opening music of the song makes it memorable. It’s a cute romantic song, the couple looks good. Juhi looks like a fresh tulip and her enchanting smile brings a freshness to the song. Shah Rukh Khan secretly loves Juhi and wants to protect her from her boss, played by Aditya Pancholi. Juhi is unaware of his feelings for her, and he manages to camouflage his love with funny gestures.
4. Saudagar Sauda Kar – Saudagar (1991) Kavita Krishnamurthy, Manhar Udhas & Sukhwinder Singh / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Anand Bakshi
Rivalry between two friends and their grandchildren falling in love with each other, ultimately reunite them. It was the basic plot of Saudagar. Vivek Mushran manages to enter Manisha Koirala’s home and works there. They secretly meet there and accidentally they come across a situation where they come to know about the friendship between their grandparents.
The song perhaps has the longest duration of whistling on the list. It’s over thirty seconds. I couldn’t find a video that has full whistling, so I’m sharing the audio song.
5. Ae Mere Humsafar – Baazigar (1992) Alka Yagnik & Vinod Rathore / Anu Malik – Gouhar Kanpuri
I must confess, it’s not my particular favourite. But as far as today’s theme goes, it fits perfectly. The prelude starts with a whistle and the song starts later. The song was very popular those days, but the lyrics are not memorable. It’s the tune and the whistling that has kept it alive for me.
6. Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana – Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai (1998) Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan / Jatin Lalit – Sameer
Oh! I didn’t like the film when I watched it for the first time. It was a bit melodramatic at places. But in some parts the film evokes nostalgia. The college days shown in the film are too enjoyable. The songs were very popular, the whistle in the song was popular too. The whistle has been an identity of the film, in my opinion. How can such an iconic whistle find no place on my list?
7. Humko Sirf Tumse Pyar Hai – Barsaat (1995) Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu / Nadeem Shravan – Sameer
A very melodious romantic song, which was very popular before the film was released. The whistling is of a little less duration in the film than in the audio song. But nevertheless, the song manages to enchant you. The song ends with the whistling as well . The 90s were the heydays for Nadeem Shravan, majority of their tunes were popular. The film, Barsaat wasn’t of course an exception.
8. Sapne Mein Milati Hai – Satya (1998) Asha Bhosle & Suresh Wadkar / Vishal Bharadwaj – Gulzar
Satya is an iconic film, still remembered for its realistic portrayal of the Indian underworld. Though the title role was played by Chakravarthy, the critical acclaim was received by Manoj Bajpayee (playing Bhiku Mhatre) and Shefali Shah (playing Pyari Mhatre). The mentioned song is primarily picturised on the Mhatre couple. The tapori style dance steps and Asha’s expressive rendition are major highlights for me. The whistling, present throughout the song, makes it very catchy. It of course adds a charm and Tadka to the vernacular language.
9. Ek Baat Maan Lo Tum – Khel (1992) Asha Bhosle & Chorus / Rajesh Roshan – Javed Akhtar
In contrast to the romantic songs on the list, let’s have a dance number. Madhuri Dixit dances and sings on stage in Khel. Though it’s an inspired song, for me the Hindi song is more enjoyable. Of course the credit goes to Asha Bhosle for a wonderful and energetic rendition. The film was also an inspired one. But it was really entertaining.
10. Are Re Are Ye Kya Hua – Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan / Uttam Singh – Anand Bakshi
I was a little uncertain about the song. Though the whistling in the song has been very popular, it’s for a comparatively shorter duration. It is played only once in the prelude. But the song as such is very popular, very romantic. The second part of the song also opens with the whistle. So I finally decided to go for it. Its picturisation is also a bit different, at least it was not used much then. The couple is seen doing day to day activities, but their souls sing for their love. Though they have not confessed their love to each other, it’s budding slowly in their minds.
Would you add a song?
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