Filmfare recommends: Best musical hits of Ranveer Singh

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Ever since he burst on the scene ten years ago with Band Baaja Baaraat, music has always played a role in Ranveer Singh’s career. He’s one of the best dancers in the industry and has used those musical numbers to his advantage by showcasing some fabulous dance moves. He genuinely enjoys dancing and being part of the whole Bollywood song and dance experience. Hell, he has even danced in costume dramas, as well in a cop film. Ranveer has a tremendous feel-good quality about him, something that’s the hallmark of a genuine superstar. During this lockdown, brought in by the COVID-19 academic, a relook at Ranveer’s top musical hits would do wonders to alleviate our boredom. Here’s to happy reruns…

Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

Director: Maneesh Sharma
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma
Music: Salim-Sulaiman

This was Ranveer’s debut film and one which established him as a complete package. Bread pakode ki kasam, he was a natural in front of the camera and danced like a dream. The energy level displayed by him in his first film itself was tremendous indeed and it has only gone up over the years. Like the energizer bunny, his battery never seems to run off. He played a Delhi-based wedding planner in the film who falls in love with another of his ilk, played by Anushka Sharma. They promise not to mix business with pleasure but fate certainly has something else in store for him. His chemistry with Anushka Sharma was admired. It’s their camaraderie, their face-offs with each other that were the soul of the film. He was confidence personified and it never felt like it was his first film. Salim–Sulaiman composed the music. Songs like Ainvayi ainvayi, Tarkeebein, and Aadha Ishq were lapped up by the audience.

Lootera (2013)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha
Music: Amit Trivedi

People were amazed to see him in this period romance inspired by O. Henry’s poignant story The Last Leaf. He wasn’t his usual bouncy self but showcased the world that he can do roles that require him to portray theraav as well. He plays a conman who charms his way into Sonakshi’s heart and home and one day takes off with the family heirlooms. Later, he encounters her dying of tuberculosis in an impoverished position. Feeling remorse and guilt, he stays with her and nurses her to health. She’s convinced that she’ll die when the last leaf falls off a tree seen from her window and to give her hope, he makes sure it doesn’t happen. Amit Trivedi went into full period mode to compose the tunes. Songs like Sawar loon, Monta re, Shikayetein et al were reminiscent of the golden compositions of SD Burman and transported you to another era.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

This is Bhansali’s take on the classic Romeo And Juliet story set in Gujarat. The fictional village Ranjhaar has been a den of arms manufacturers and smugglers where two clans, Rajadi and Sanera, have been at loggerheads with each other since time immemorial. Ram (Ranveer Singh), one of the younger chieftains of the Rajadi clan, falls in love with Leela (Deepika Padukone), the daughter of the chief matriarch of the Sanera clan. The star-crossed lovers run away to start a new life. However, things escalate and soon the village is in danger of witnessing an all-out war. To save their respective clans from being decimated, the two lovers decide to kill each other. Their death finally brings peace and unites the two clans. The songs were mostly fast-paced and carried a Gujarati folk flavour. Nagade sang dhol, Laal ishq, Lahu munh lag gaya, as also Tattad tattad, which showcased Ranveer as a sex symbol were much appreciated.

Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar and Rahul Bose.
Music: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy

Most of the film is set aboard a luxury cruise and follows the life of a dysfunctional Mehra family comprising Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor), his wife Neelam (Shefali Shah) and their two children Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and Kabir (Ranveer Singh). Kamal is a womaniser but his wife turns a blind eye to his transgressions. Ayesha is a successful businesswoman whose marriage is on the rocks. The Mehras have arranged for the cruise so that Kabir can marry the Sood’s daughter Noory and then have the Soods bail them out of their financial mess. However, Kabir falls in love with Farah (Anushka Sharma), a dancer working on the ship. Ayesha finds herself falling again in love with old flame Sunny (Farhan) and finally gathers the courage to tell her parents that she isn’t happy in her marriage and wants out. Kabir supports his sister and insists she should be given the reins of their business as she has the acumen for it. Kamal too repents over his escapades and asks his wife’s forgiveness. The film had a funky duet Pehli baar picturised on Ranveer and Anushka, the title number, featuring the entire cast, was composed like a ’40s musical number, while Gallan goodiyaan was a bhangra number with a modern twist.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Bajirao Mastani was a dream project of Bhansali. He wanted to make the film since the late ’90s but for some reason or the other, it was unable to lift off. Ranveer Singh essayed the role of the legendary Peshwa Bajirao I, Deepika Padukone played Mastani, his second wife and Priyanka Chopra brought to life the character of Kashibai, his first wife. Bajirao was a valiant warrior who extended the might of the Marathas both up North and down South. During one such campaign, he meets Mastani, the Muslim daughter of the king Chhatrasal and is attracted towards her for the valour she shows on the battlefield. She becomes his second wife and rivalry erupts between her and Kashibai, leading to tragic consequences for all three. Bhansali’s music had a period feel to it and incorporated elements from the Marathi folk culture. Bajirao was shown dancing with his troops in Malhari, a song well-suited for warriors. Deeewani mastani, Aayat and Mohe rang do laal were hugely appreciated as well. In fact, the entire album was praised as a masterpiece.

Padmaavat (2018)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Padmaavat tells of the immortal love between Rajput ruler Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and his second wife Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), who was a Sri Lankan princess. They fell in love when he was recuperating in Sri Lanka after being shipwrecked off the island’s coast. He marries her and takes her to Rajasthan, and they are considered the perfect match for each other. Tales of her beauty reaches the ears of Alauddin Khalji (Ranveer Singh), who is besotted by the description and wants to see her. He brings war to Chittor where Ratan Singh is killed by treachery, prompting Padmavati and other women of the fort to commit ritual suicide. Khilji is shown to be a womaniser and it’s implied that he’s might be bi-sexual. There’s a whole sequence in the film where he’s shown making out with a girl and his eunuch slave sings a love song — Binte din — that tells of unrequited love. He’s a robust warrior who is popular amongst his troops and is shown dancing to the Khalibali song — describing the storm raging in his heart — along with them. Bhansali gave an operatic treatment to his compositions. Ghoomar, Holi and ek dil ek jaan too proved to be popular.

Gully Boy (2019)

Best Musical hits Ranveer Singh

Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Verma
Music: Ankur Tewari (Music supervisor)

It’s the most genuine Bollywood musical you’ll see in a long time. The 18-song soundtrack involved an estimated 54 contributors comprising such names as such as Divine, Naezy, Sez on the beat, Rishi Rich, Dub Sharma, Jasleen Royal, Ace, Ishq Bector, MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, Noxious D, Viveick Rajagopalan, and others. Gully Boy, inspired by the lives of underground rappers Naezy and Divine, comes as a pleasant surprise. Written by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar and directed by Zoya Akhtar, the film is as real as they come. The claustrophobic bylanes of Dharavi look genuine, the hardships faced by the lead character are everyday hardships of the millions living in slums, in chawls. His love story too is gritty and not the saccharine sweet stuff you see on screen. And the songs feel as if they were moulded by the circumstances faced by the hero and not created by professionals in a posh studio. Life is a struggle every inch of the way and the film’s underlying message is to learn from your discomforts. “Duniya mein sab comfortable hote to rap kaun karta,” says one character, summing up the philosophy of the film. Ranveer Singh gives his heart and soul to the film. His face, his eyes convey the pain, the angst, as well as the elation felt by his character at different points. He raps with intensity and wins you over with his passion.

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