Evergreen 21st Century Bollywood Ballads that Tug at Your Heartstrings

There might be millions of Bollywood songs that you have heard over the years, but a few particular ones hold a special place in your heart. Isn’t it? Well, the other day, while playing the GaanaPehchaana games, we came across some heart-touching Bollywood ballads that brought back thousands of sweet memories and reminded us of those good old songs that once topped our playlists.

Today, we’ll be talking about some of them.


Rafu (2018)

Movie: Tumhari Sulu

Singers: Ronkini Gupta

Music: Santanu Ghatak

Lyrics: Santanu Ghatak


Rafu is a sweet, soft melody that can soothe your mind and make you feel good after a hectic, tiring day. Rafu means mending something. Vidya Balan sings about the different threads that make up this world, about the good and the bad times and how she mends the threads with her rafu.

Santanu Ghatak gained popularity with some rare songs and this is one of them. He wrote the beautiful song as well as composed it. The music can beat top-rated compositions in Bollywood. Ronkini Gupta is a Hindustani classical vocalist whose singing skills are unmatchable and she does a wonderful job with her voice modulation.


Sham (2010)

Movie: Aisha

Singers: Nikhil D’souza, Amit Trivedi and Neuman Pinto

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

This song talks about the spectacular evening. Our talented poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar compared the beauty of dusk or evening to a gorgeous lady who approaches a group of friends camping in tents on the shores of the Ganges. The friends can be seen strumming their precious guitars as they hum to this mellifluous song under the starry evening sky. Amit Trivedi’s compositions have a charm that’s missing in most Bollywood compositions these days. The music is dreamy and serene. Nikhil D’souza, Amit Trivedi and Neuman Pinto sang their hearts out and expressed their heartfelt words beautifully.


Pashmina (2016)

Movie: Fitoor

Singers: Amit Trivedi

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

Most Amit Trivedi compositions including this one are layered with elements that other music composers never employ. Trivedi layers his songs with basic elements that result in mind-blowing compositions. Even this song has no heavy auto-tuning and doesn’t use a variety of instruments. Lyricist Swanand Kirkire talks about weaving beautiful dreams with the help of the precious pashmina thread. Amit Trivedi has not just composed it but has also sung this exceptional song from Fitoor starring Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor. So, he’s also a great singer.


Safarnama (2015)

Movie: Tamasha

Singers: Lucky Ali

Music: A.R Rahman

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Expert in Carnatic, Western and Hindustani classical music, as well as the qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman, is best known for his film songs that have these elements, like this one. Well, safarnama means a ‘travelog’ or ‘story of the journey’. The song is appropriate to be placed at the end of the film. It is played when Ved gets to hear the voice coming from within his soul and ultimately understands what exactly he is born for. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil give a ray of hope to everyone and tell us to discover our actual selves. Lucky Ali’s dreamy voice will take you to Corsica with Deepika and Ranbir as you get a taste of their beautiful journey.


Harjaiyaan (2014)

Movie: Queen 

Singers: Nandini Srikar

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

A marvelous track sung by Nandini Srikar, Harjaiyaan became an overnight hit. Nandini Srikar has sung some of the most heart-touching songs for Bollywood. Her voice is perfect for the Amit Trivedi composition that seems to have been borrowed from some middle eastern music. Trivedi knows how to inculcate various flavors of music from different parts of the world into his compositions. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics beautifully portray the situation that Kangana Ranaut goes through in the film. She talks of the pain, distress and helplessness that the heroine goes through. It’s an awesome song that will motivate you even if you are in the worst situation.


Iktara (2009)

Movie: Wake Up Sid

Singers: Kavita Seth

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

This one is a timeless classic from the highly popular 2009 film Wake Up Sid. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics will pierce through your heart and make you feel emotional. The lyrics are about dreams and stories. Konkona is in deep wonder and is trying to figure out how her bond with Ranbir turned out to be so deep. Kavita Seth’s voice is to die for. Kavita Seth is a master in Ghazals and Sufi music and she sang this song so well that you won’t be able to stop replaying it. Iktara is an instrument and we can hear bits of Iktara being played in the wonderful music composed by Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy. The song takes us back to those sweet, old days.


Maahi Ve (2017)

Movie: Highway

Singers: A.R Rahman

Music: A.R Rahman

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Maahi Ve is a timeless composition by the music maestro A.R Rahman himself. He sang it as well as composed it. For this song, Rahman integrated classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. It’s a soothing, soul-stirring, heartfelt number that will make you weak in the knees. Irshad Kamil’s poetic lyrics describe the relationship between the hostage played by Alia Bhatt and the one who made her a hostage (Randeep Hooda). It’s a beautiful relationship described vividly through this song.


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