Someone once said, “Music is the way to the heart,” and Karan Johar’s songs in his films connect with the heart perfectly. His songs seem to grow on you and eventually become a part of your life.
Karan is very particular about the songs he chooses to take in his films. As a sensitive filmmaker, he makes sure no stone is left unturned while working on the music in his films.
Let’s look at some of his songs and what emotional chords they’ve touched in our hearts:
1. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The movie is a heart-wrenching tale of two best friends who have to go their separate ways when one of them falls in love with someone—only to be reunited later when circumstances bring them together. Most of the songs in this film befit the love story. Be it Koi Mil Gaya or Sajanji Ghar Aaye, which are celebrations of falling in love, to Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana, that’s an acceptance of crazy friendships or even Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai, that kicks in a bit of nostalgia, each song is distinctively different from the other and equally riveting. The fun element of these songs is balanced with another set of songs that speak about the restlessness of falling in love and not being loved back in the form of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee. The songs have a touch of innocence, mischief, seriousness of love, which were at its peak during that era. The music of the film is supremely melodic in nature that connects well with people experiencing the same emotions.
What really stood out among the songs was the fact that Karan decided to add a very hip and modern touch to the existing song, Raghupati Raghav.
2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Karan has always stressed on the fact that ‘It’s all about loving your parents’, and that’s exactly what the premise of his second directional film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was. Staying true to the premise, the songs in the film too, added a life of their own to the film. A mixture of songs for all ages and all types of people is Karan’s forte and K3G brought it out perfectly. Songs like Bole Chudiya, added a bit of Indian touch to the unconventional concept, You Are My Soniya and Deewana Hai Dekho stuck to the hearts of the youth for its lyrical wonder due to its peppy appeal. Suraj Hua Madham and Yeh Ladka Haye Allah spoke the language of romance and mischief in its own sweet way. And last but not the least, the most happening number of the film definitely was Say Shava Shava which won over everyone.
Even though it’s been over a decade that this film was made, the energy and magic of the songs do not seem to fade away.
3. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
Much like the movie title, we still haven’t been able to bid adieu to the songs of this film. Each one is a masterpiece! The film deals with relationship issues such as infidelity. It also urges one to seek happiness for their partners in the best way possible. While the premise of the film in itself was darker than his earlier films, the songs were pretty warm and bright. The tune, the setting, the lyrics everything was just absolute celebratory. Whether you listen to the deep happy-sad cry of a lover in Mitwa, or the freedom of Where’s The Party Tonight, the happy feet dance tune of Rock And Roll Soniye or the lover’s paradise of Tumhi Dekho Naa, all the songs have a mixed bag of emotions wrapped together. The songs in the film aren’t merely songs, they are an experience in themselves.
What’s really striking about this album is the fact that the honesty and integrity of the characters is clearly shown through these songs. They are an extension of the characters and speak for them, in such a way that we get to know their qualities explicitly. Even the picturisation of the songs depict that.
4. My Name Is Khan
Only a brilliant filmmaker can make a film like My Name Is Khan on the journey of an autistic Muslim man. The live of Rizwan Khan takes an about turn when he and his Hindu wife lose their son due to subsequent treatment of people on Muslims after the 9/11 tragedy in America. Keeping in mind the fact that this is a film on a very serious subject, adding songs to it might have just look forced. Very cleverly then, Karan decided to let the songs take the narrative forward. In almost all the songs in the film, Noor E Khuda, Sajdaa, Tere Naina, Allah Hi Reham or Rang De, all of them have a sort of sufi touch to them that just adds to the overall feel of the film. The soul stirring music of the film takes us a level higher than what the film intends to.
What really stood out in this album was the realism and the sincerity that this film deals with.
5. Student Of The Year
Student Of The Year was all about a love triangle waiting to happen, and the limits of friendship tested. Naturally then, keeping in tone with the overall feel of the film, the songs of the film were new-age, peppy chartbusters, whose lyrics still are quite popular among the youth. Be it Radha, that spoke about the two protagonists’ complicated relationship, or Vele and Ratta Maar, that the youngsters immediately connected with, Kukkad, about the hot new middle class guy who everyone has an eye on, The Disco Song that put everyone in the party mood or the melodious Ishq Wala Love that bespoke about the tender and new love - every track was a hit among the youngsters.
The most enthralling factor about the music was the fact that it is youthful, ceremonious and absolutely loveable. Two of the songs, Radha and Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra got a grand upgrade and we all loved the interesting bits added to the songs.
6. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
With Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan proved that there is no one better than him to talk about unrequited, one sided love. The film tells the story of a young man, who couldn’t fathom the thought of the love of his life, not being in love with him. He does everything in his power to make her feel his love, shows her different sides to him, but ultimately resigns to being her best friend indeed. The songs in this film are the best yet, from among the films directed by Karan. The happiness, yearning, the feeling of helplessness and the calling out to one’s love with everything one has, were few of the qualities that shone through the music of this film. In the truest sense, this film gave an ode to love…
All the songs in the film, are celebrating love, companionship and oneness in their own way. Bulleya, is a song that conveys the restlessness, the desperation in one to seek any ray of hope and find the one they love… Cutiepie defined the feeling one has, when one falls in love with other. It’s a peppy number that expresses how madly in love a person is, with another one. Alizeh is a song that describes Anushka Sharma’s character in a nutshell. The Breakup Song is by far the best one we have. Who says breakups are meant to be all about sappy little memories? We can always rejoice and find time to appreciate ourselves. In Channa Mereya, the lover ends up giving good wishes to his beloved, In fact, the beautifully haunting title track of the film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is masterpiece that cannot be forgotten for a long, long time. All in all, the music of this film compliments it brilliantly.
All in all, Karan helms his films with perfection, grit and absolute courage.
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