It’s the beginning of the festive season and people all over India are engrossed in welcoming Lord Ganesha into their homes and localities. So trust bollywood to not be left far behind when it comes to adding masala to this festival.
'Hey Ganpati Bappa' from Pujarin focussed on the sentiment that divine intervention raises you from all illness. The song sung by Mahendra Kapoor sounded as holy and beautiful as any bhajan! Always worth a listen, it starred actress Mumtaz and was composed by music composer Narayan Dutt.
After Sholay, you’d expect Amjad Khan to be the Gabbar-ish bad boy. But with Deva o Deva from Humse Badhkar Kaun, audiences saw Ganesh Chaturthi being celebrated by a priest-like Amjad! Shown in the song was the spirit of Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav- that is, celebrating the Ganeshotsav on a public platform. Accompanied by various dances, this song is one of the most popular ones when it comes to Ganpati pandal music playlists even today!
‘Ganpati apne gaaon Chale, kaise Hum ko chain mile’- a track from the 1990 Agneepath had the biggies of that era celebrate Ganeshotsav together! Amitabh Bachchan aka Vijay Deenanath Chauhan carrying the idol of the god while Mithun Chakraborty serenaded him- this song gave fans a memory to cherish from that year’s most memorable film!
It was only recently in 2006, that Shah Rukh Khan as ‘Vijay’ brought to life the Mumbaikar spirit of the elephant-headed God. With ‘Morya Re’ in Farhan Akhtar’s Don, Shankar Mahadevan’s voice and Shah Rukh Khan’s on-screen charm, we’re sure even the Gods were pleased with the lively track!
Refined, passionate, and colourful- added to great cinematography and Sukhwinder Singh’s rustic voice, Hrithik’s version of Agneepath made ‘Deva Shree Ganesha’ the most soulful devotional Bollywood track in 2012. Like the movie was regarded better than the original Agneepath of 1990, this song too made a bigger impact than ‘Ganpati apne gaaon chale’ did!
So when your neighbourhood pandal plays Bollywood’s favourite devotional track this Ganeshotsav, know that when it comes to any emotional, any connection- even with the Divine- Bollywood has got an answer!