5 Bollywood Instagram music battles we're dying to see
The rules are simple: Two hit-makers trade off tracks that they have credits on - in short samples - then those in the chat decide who is the winner of each round
With social distancing and self-isolation being practiced globally to combat the spread of coronavirus, Instagram Live has become the go-to for musicians to keep their hungry fanbase satisfied. In the west, a new format has emerged. Hip-Hop and RnB legends have started battling their peers song-for-song.
The rules are simple: Two hit-makers trade-off tracks that they have credits on - in 90-second samples - then those in the chat room decide who is the winner of each round. One of the first beat battles was between hip-hop legends Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. The star-studded evening consisted of throwback classics from each of their catalogs.
If something like that were to happen in India, these are the top 5 Indian hit-makers we would like to see battle it out live
1. Sonu Nigam vs. Shaan
Both these vocalists had seen their prime in the early-mid 2000s. While Sonu Nigam started his career a few years earlier, Shaan had caught the nation by storm with his album Tanha Dil. It would be a nostalgia trip for all us 90s and 00s, kids, to witness these two superstars play their hits. While Sonu Nigam has hits like Yeh Dil Deewaana and Deewaana Tera, Shaan can come with Tanha Dil, Chand Sifarish, and Dus Bahane. They can also come together for collaborative tracks like Aal Izz Well
2. Vishal-Shekhar vs. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
If anyone deserves the credit to revolutionize Bollywood music in the 2000s, it's these two acts. Any soundtrack they lay hands on becomes a hit. Both groups are famous for fusing western elements into a familiar Bollywood style. Vishal and Shekhar are responsible for soundtracks of films like Jhankaar Beats, Om Shanti Om, and Dostana. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy are not behind though. They've given us albums like Dil Chahta Hai, Wake Up Sid and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It would be fun to see who gets the edge among these two hit-machines.
3. Asha Bhosle vs. Lata Mangeshkar
Who would not want to see the two best female voices in this country battle it out for the crown? The two sisters are blessed with a wide vocal range and a unique voice texture. Both of them have given us songs that defined our childhood. Everything from Asha Bhosle's Dum Maaro Dum and Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja to Lata Mangeshkar's Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna and Lag Jaa Gale is a certified hit. More than a battle, it would be nice for the two sisters to come together and celebrate their legacy.
4. Gulzar vs. Javed Akhtar
There haven't been two more successful and critically acclaimed lyricists in Bollywood than Gulzar and Javed Akhtar. With their unique styles, both have given us some songs that touch the soul. They have had hit songs for about 40 years now. Both have had classics like Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi and Dekha Ek Khwaab, as well as modern chartbusters like Jai Ho and Apna Time Aayega. They can even sidetrack and trade a few poems.
5. Pritam vs. Anu Malik
Both musicians have more in common than in difference. Both have given countless smashers for years, with their soundtracks carrying films to big box office collections. Yet, both musicians haven't had their due in terms of critical appreciation. This may be the result of various plagiarism allegations leveled against them. Whatever may be the case, it is undeniable that both Pritam and Anu Malik have hits under their belt. It would make more sense to have a soundtrack battle, rather than just singles. While Pritam has got Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Life in a... Metro, and Jab We Met, Anu Malik has Mai Hoon Na, Border and Baazigar. Out of this list, this might be the closest battle.
Who do you think would win in these battles?