Before you segue on to scanning the list, let’s make it abundantly clear that its only lists down Ghazals sung in movies. So be prepared – it may miss out on some truly stirring compositions (and excuse me for flooding the list with Jagjit Singh!):
Tang Aa Chuke Hain Kashmakash-E-Zindagi
Sahir Ludhianvi didn’t write a ghazal. He simple penned down sentiments mass-shared by all. This one is as bitter as it gets, and yet you can’t help listening to it in repeat mode
A hauntingly mesmerizing ghazal that quite convincingly sketches out the pain that runs strong through the veins of every character in the movie. Jagjit singh couldn’t make a wrong move with this one, and he didn’t.
Hoton se Chu lo
The ghazal is Jagjit Singh-ian and he is in full bloom.
Dil Matwala Lakh Sambhala
Talat Mahmood swings at us some old world charm in somethig that is only faintly a ghazal, and Raj Kapoor injects a bona fide magnetism to it.
Chitthi Aai Hai
There are songs that are hits, there are songs that are cults, and then there is Chitthi Aai hai. This is one ghazal even those not-so-smitten by ghazals have been worked over by.
Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho
Another ‘beyond cult’ ghazal that continues to leave us spellbound and teasing our heart strings. Not to mention, it resonates!
Chaand Bhi Dekha
Picturized on Tabu and Milind Soman, it is also one of those nicely shot song that doesn’t let you off the hook.
Ghalib’s poetry takes you those leisurely loops of romance. Good luck coming out of them.
Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat Ki Kasam
Rafi was master of all genres, and he makes this ghazal undated and remarkably fresh even after 50 years.
Karoge Yaad to
Bhupinder’s vocals and the timeless music sets it apart. The Bazaar album was full of musical gems, but this one held its own.
Chitthi Na Koi
It’s one of those ghazals that really fit into the storyline, expressing the anguish of the lead character when she loses her sister.
Dekh Lo Humko Jee Bhar Ke
Another soul stirring ghazal from the same album. Jagjit Kaur isn’t a famed name among the average filmmakers, but in the more elite circle, she is a legend in her own right.
Unke Dekhe Se Jo Aa Jaati Hai Munh Par Raunaq
This one is set to bring rounak to your face, especially the way it starts off with Naseeruddin Shah uttering the Mirza Ghalib rendition with soul and nonchalance in his voice.
Aaina Mujhse Meri
Daddy is one of those movies that has melancholy written all over it. This ghazal sits aptly on it.
Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon
Mukesh weaves the kind of magic only he is capable of. Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon is sublime.