We are witnessing the era of Bollywood where songs of the film are not only an important part of films but carry the power to fail or pass the film on box office. There are instances, when the songs of the film are so tempting that even if the script is weak, film works well and vice-versa too. It is almost impossible to believe that films without songs ever existed or still release. But here we bring to you a few films which didn’t feature a single song.
Ittefaq: The Rajesh Khanna starrer thriller film broke the trend of having songs way back in 1969. The story itself was so gripping that it didn’t require any song.
Kalyug: Not the one which starred Kunal Khemu and had a memorable ‘Jiya Dhadak Dhadak’ song. But the one, directed by legendary Shyam Benegal in 1981 starring Rajesh Khanna, Rekha and Raj Babbar. The film was a modern version of Mahabharat and won the Filmfare award of the best film.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron: One of the most epic comedy film in the history of Indian cinema had no songs except for ‘Hum Honge Kaamyaab’. The film had no mainstream song related to love, friendship, etc.
Bhoot: This Ram Gopal Verma directorial starring Ajay Devgn and Urmila Matondkar horror film too stood apart from the typical Bollywood flicks as it contained no song.
Darna Mana Hai: Yet another horror flick which narrated 6 stories within a single film too didn’t have any song.
Black: Woah! This Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus based on the story of Helen Keller and had Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerjee in lead roles just had an inspirational song but no song in the narrative.
Bheja Fry: Yet another legendary comic film, Bheja Fry didn’t require support of songs to win millions of hearts. With Splendid performances of the actors and hilariously beautiful script, this film was a perfect one.
Fan: Yes, there is Shahrukh Khan in this league too. His latest film, Fan, where he played double role too had no songs. There was just a single promotional song, which too was not the part of the narrative.
Aligarh and The Lunchbox: These two unbeatable examples of parallel cinema in the contemporary commercial times with spellbinding storyline and screenplay too did not contain any song. Aligarh (2016) was a real life story of an award winning professor who taught in Aligarh Muslim University. Ace actor Manoj Bajpayee quite evidently put his heart and soul for this film, which was very well received by the critics. The Lunchbox too won the hearts of masses with a heartwarming light love story with an open end.