Throughout the years, Hindi movies have had songs which become chartbusters and are played in discos, nightclubs, and other functions. In the wedding department too, Bollywood is not too far behind. There are numerous Bollywood songs which have gained popularity as wedding numbers and are a regular fixture in the playlist of an Indian sangeet ceremony. Let us look at ten such Bollywood songs which were shot in the context of weddings and have attained wide popularity as wedding songs in India.
1. Joote Do, Paise Lo
Sooraj Barjatya’s family film Hum Aapke Hain Koun was an entire offering based on weddings, engagements, baby showers, and other family functions. Featuring Madhuri Dixit and
Salman Khan, the film became a huge hit. That happened mostly due to its celebratory songs. Its iconic song “Joote De Do, Paise Le Lo” is a wedding song based on the Indian tradition of stealing the groom’s shoes during the wedding ceremony and asking money to return it. The song is a delight to watch, mainly because of the playful chemistry between the lead actors. The song was rendered by
Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.
2. Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is Aditya Chopra’s cult romantic film with Kajol and
Shah Rukh Khan in the central roles. Its song “Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna” is an epic wedding song. The song was picturized in the film during an engagement ceremony and is a song of celebration and love. It was sung by
Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar. The song is quite popular during weddings and engagement functions in India even today. It celebrates love, marriage, and togetherness. The charm of SRK and the vibrancy of Kajol made the song even more special.
3. Bole Chudiya
Karan Johar’s multi-starrer drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was a movie of grand proportions. It had a star-studded cast of
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan,
Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, and
Jaya Bachchan. All of them appeared in the song Bole Chudiya. This song was picturized for the occasion of “karva-chauth”, a traditional Indian fast that married women do for the well-being of their husband. The song has a festive feel, made even grander by Kareena’s dance and the beautiful setting of the song. It was sung by
Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, and
The song Maahi Ve from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho was set at the engagement ceremony of the protagonist Naina (
Preity Zinta) and her friend Rohit (
Saif Ali Khan). Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) is also seen dancing in the video. This is a typical wedding song, comprising of praise for the bride, hopes for her future, and the sadness of her mother on thinking of her impending departure from her childhood home. The song is aptly suited for sangeet ceremonies and other wedding functions as it captures the emotional roller-coaster of the entire family during their daughter’s marriage.
5. London Thumakda
Vikas Bahl’s film Queen starring
Kangana Ranaut was the story of a shy and dependent young woman who goes on a journey to rediscover herself after her fiancé leaves her at the altar. The film got a wonderful response from the critics and the viewers. A song in the film, London Thumakda, was picturized in a wedding function with all the relatives and friends dancing happily. The song amazingly captures the happiness and spirit present in a house a day before the wedding. It was sung by
Neha Kakkar, and
Labh Janjua. The composer was
6. Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol
Rajshree Ojha’s film Aisha was based on Jane Austen's novel, Emma. It starred
Sonam Kapoor and
Abhay Deol in the central roles. The song, Gal Mitthi Mitthi Bol, appeared at the film's end at the wedding ceremony of two of the characters. The entire cast is seen dancing and enjoying with the lively beats of the song. The song was composed by Amit Trivedi and
Tochi Raina sung it. The song has a peppy Punjabi feel to it and is perfectly suited to be played at weddings and family functions. The video of the song was a delight to watch.
7. Ainvayi Ainvayi
This song belongs to
Ranveer Singh’s debut film,
Band Baaja Baaraat. The entire film revolved around marriages as the two lead characters, played by Ranveer Singh and
Anushka Sharma, were professional wedding planners. The song, Ainvayi Ainvayi, happens at a wedding party planned by the protagonists. The song was sung by
Salim Merchant and
Sunidhi Chauhan. It has a young and playful rhythm, with rhythmic beats and a fun vibe. The song became extremely famous upon release and is still very much played at wedding functions.
8. Radha Teri Chunari
Student of the Year was Karan Johar’s youth-oriented film of 2012 starring
Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, and
Alia Bhatt. The soundtrack of this film became very famous for its catchy songs. One such song is Radha, performed by Alia’s character at the wedding party of the brother of Varun’s character. The song gives a youthful spin to the naughty love story of Radha and Kanhaiya. It was sung by Udit Narayan,
Shreya Ghoshal, and
Shekhar Ravjiani. This is the first song where we come across Alia Bhatt’s dancing skills.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns is the sequel to the 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. It starred Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. The music director of the film is
Krsna Solo, and the music album had an earthly feel to it. However, one of the songs called Banno was composed by
Tanishk Bagchi and Vayu. The song was sung by Brijesh Shandllya and Swati Sharma. The song can be considered a modern day version of the typical wedding song. As its lyrics suggest, there is a brand new attitude and spark in the bride as she is preparing for a new journey. Kangana did a great job and made the song memorable too.
10. Dilliwali Girlfriend
This movie by Ayan Mukherji had quite a few songs picturized in wedding functions as the film celebrated friendship and love against the backdrop of a grand Indian destination wedding. This song was chosen to be a part of this list due to its upbeat nature and playful spirit. In the film, this is set in the sangeet ceremony of one of the characters. The shot has been shot in the form of a dance number to which the entire cast is having fun. It is perfect for performing at a wedding function. This film starred
Aditya Roy Kapur,
Deepika Padukone, and
Kalki Koechlin in the lead roles.