Penn Masala’s Evolution of Bollywood Music

If you have a strong penchant for Bollywood songs, you’re in for a treat. Infact Bollywood music lovers of all age groups are in for a treat. A group of students, from Pennsylvania are currently hogging the limelight after their brand new music video that has gone viral in less than two days (3 Lakh views and counting). Uniquely named Penn masala, the cappella group’s brand new video ‘Evolution of Bollywood music’ creatively manages to use 80 years of Bollywood music under five minutes.
Unlike other cappella group videos which start with a testimonial, this video promises to be a musical-feast. Clad in clothing that is reminiscent of the black and white era, the video begins with the legend Mohammed Rafi’s Suhani Raat hai from the 1949 classic Dulari (27 sec long rendition is probably the longest in the video), it  then moves to the song that gained international fame in 1955, Mera Joota Hai Japani from Show Man, Raj Kapoor starrer Shree 420. The singers wrap up the classic era with the peppy Eena meena deeka (Aasha, 1957) , Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh (DIl aapna aur Preet Parai, 1960) and Shami Kapoor’s Aaja Aaja (Teesri manzil ,1960).
The video then shifts to an Eastman colour tone where the singers, dressed in printed tucked in shirts, with scarves (Like the late Dev Anand),  escalade into the 70’s with Roop Tera Mastana (Aaradhana, 1969), Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Hoo (Bobby,1973) and conclude with the friendship song; Yeh Dosti ( Sholay,1979). After a noticeable change in colour tone and attire, they begin singing dance numbers like Bacha Hai Hasino (Ham Kisi Se Kam Nahi,1977), Kahike Paan ( Don, 1978) and Intehan Hogi Intezaar Ki (Sharaabi, 1984).
After you have enjoyed the exemplary hits of that era. A slight technical disturbance is generated probably to indicate that the channels have been switched. Looking dapper in sweaters, multi-colour stripped tees and snapback caps, The musical troop usher in the 90’s with Aamir Khan’s Pehla Nasha (Joh Jita Wohi Sikander, 1992), A.R.Rahman’s Muqabla Muqabla (Kadhalan 1994) Followed by King Khan’s hits, Mehendi Lagake (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, 1995), and Chaiyan Chaiyan ( Dil Se,1998) and Dil Toh Pagal Hai (Dil Toh Pagal Hai, 1997), Mera Mehbooba (Pardes, 1997), Koi Mil Gaya (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 1998).
At this juncture you are fully entertained and wonder what could be more in store? The six member group then appear in Bhangra costumes, and Daler Mehendi’s Tunak Tunak Tun only to add some Punjabi tadka. Looks like Deadmau5 – Daler Mehnedi’s collaboration has had some impact to the music scenario. This is followed by some of the best songs that brought in the millennium which are Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, 1999) ,Kahin Aag Lage (Taal, 1999), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai, 2000) Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe (Dil Chahta Hai, 2001).
Then comes the best part of the music video that features, dance hits like Dhoom Machale ( Dhoom, 2004), Oscar award winning composition Jai ho (Slumdog Millionaire,2008), Mauja Hi Mauja (Jab we met, 2007) Sheila and Munni Badnam. Dressed uniformly in black suits in the final segment of the video, the rendition comprised of Jiya re Jiya ( Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 2012), Dilliwai girlfriend (Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani,2013) and this seasons current favorite Batameez Dil (Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani,2013). There you have it, thirty-eight Hindi hits from the 1940’s to 2013 all under five minutes. Now that’s how you spend the best 5 minutes on YouTube and probably the internet.

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