Ganesh Chaturthi festival is here and one would often hear Bollywood numbers designed around the festival in several Ganesh pandals across the country.
Here is an attempt to put together the top 10 Ganpati songs from Bollywood.
10. Murti Ganesh Ki – Takkar (1980)
Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra get as dramatic as one can in this song ‘Murti Ganesh Ki’ from the 80s film ‘Takkar’. The song is famous and is played in Ganesh festivals.
9. Dard Ka Rishta – Dard Ka Rishta (1982)
This is one of the most celebrated song from the old Hindi movies. Directed by Sunil Dutt, ‘Dard Ka Rishta’ puts light on one of the life threatening disease which is cancer. It is said that Sunil Dutt also donated his entire earnings from the movie to cancer patients and autistic children in India.
8. Deva Ho Deva – Humse Badhkar Kaun (1981)
Till the late 90s ‘Deva Ho Deva’ was the most popular Ganpati festival number and was played without fail on countdown shows like Chitrahaar and Chayageet during the festival. Amjad Khan, Mithun Chakravarthy, Danny Dangzongpa and Vijayendra Ghatge danced on this number from ‘Humse Badhkar Kaun’.
7. Tera Hi Jalwa – Wanted (2009)
Salman Khan’s song ‘Tera Hi Jalwa’ from ‘Wanted’ became an instant hit for the unique dance steps that director-choreographer Prabhu Deva gave to the actor. Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Prabhu Deva make special appearances in the song. The song is a Bhajan and still not a bhajan.
6. Mujhko Tera Jalwa (Mourya Re) – Don (2006)
Shah Rukh Khan made his entry in ‘Don’ remake with this number where he danced during the Ganesh festival with this song. It was SRK’s first Ganesh song he performed on and the song became very famous too. The song is composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, penned by Javed Akhtar and is sung by Shankar Mahadevan.
5. Ganpati Apne Gaon Chale – Agneepath (1990)
The original ‘Agneepath’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead also had a Ganpati song. The song ‘Ganpati Apne Gaon Chale’ featured Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in a more somber and authoritative mode while Mithun Chakravarthy did the dancing. Both Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun performed at their best in this song. The song is composed by Laxmikant Pyaralal.
4. Ga Ga Ga Ganapti – ABCD (2013)
‘Ganpati Bappa Morya!’ song from the movie ‘ABCD’ (Any Body Can Dance) which was the directorial debut of ace choreographer Remo Dsouza was a hit one. With a fantastic choreography and drum beats, this song was played at majority of occasions other than Ganesh festivals. ABCD is the first dance 3D movie which was produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala.
3. Ganesh Aarti – Vaastav (1999)
This Ganesh Aarti played in its pristine form towards the pre-climax of Mahesh Manjrekar’s ‘Vaastav’ and also marked the downfall of crime and criminals in the film. It had a fervent Marathi flavour to it. The song starred Sanjay Dutt, Rema Laago, Shivaji Satam and is composed by Jatin Lalit. The lyrics of the song are penned by Sameer and is sung by Ravindra Sathe.
2. Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi – Virrudh (2005)
The song “Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi” is from the movie ‘Virrudh’ and is sung by Bollywood’s one of the best singers Shankar Mahadevan. The movie features actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt and John Ahraham. The movie is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and it is about family values.
1. Devo Shri Ganesha – Agneepath (2012)
The latest Ganesh song to enthrall us is from the new ‘Agneepath’ where Hrithik Roshan danced to ‘Deva Shri Ganesha’ and gave his introduction with the iconic line ‘Vijay Dinnnath Chauhan’ towards the end of the song. Deva Shree Ganesha is a high energy devotional song. It starts off with bells of different pitches fused together and then the introduction of percussions.
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