IPL 2020: Korbo Lorbo Jitbo to Whistle Podu — Rating all 8 IPL team anthems
Can you imagine a Kolkata Knight Riders without the catchy 'Korbo Lorbo Jitbo' or a Chennai Super Kings celebration without the infectious 'Whistle Podu' in the background? Here is a compilation of all eight IPL anthems.
The pinnacle of domestic cricket season is around the corner with the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to begin on March 29. The best of entertainment and sports will once again join hands to make a cricketing cocktail, strong enough to keep most of India intoxicated for more than a month.
What makes IPL the most exciting league for cricket has perhaps been the distinct focus to entertain. This isn't just cricket. It is a carnival where the franchises entertain a hungry-for-glitz, cricket-loving audience. Team songs and anthems add a huge deal to this entertainment quotient of the IPL.
Some of these anthems have become part of the identity for the IPL teams. Can you imagine a Kolkata Knight Riders without the catchy 'Korbo Lorbo Jitbo' or a Chennai Super Kings celebration without the infectious 'Whistle Podu' in the background?
Neither can we.
Here is a list of all the anthems from the eight IPL teams and a short note on what we think about them.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Go Go Royal challengers
Possibly the only big team to not have an effective team anthem is Royal Challengers Bangalore. It's a different topic that they are also the only big team without an IPL trophy so far, but we'll spare them the criticism for some other time. This article is about the anthems and we are sure even the biggest RCB fan can't claim to like or feel passionate about the sorry excuses they have put out as team anthems.
The last anthem they came out with was lukewarm at the very best and horrible at the worst (mirroring their bowling performance over the years). Since they are claiming to have strengthened the bowling unit this time, it's only fair that they invest their creative energies for a good anthem. C'mon, its been 12 years!
SunRisers Hyderabad - Go go go go Orange Army
There is nothing wrong with SunRisers Hyderabad. They have had great teams over years, with likeable players, great performances and healthy knack of putting the team before the individual. But their anthem is just plain boring and forgettable. "Go go go go, we're the Orange Army" has everything right on paper - with its Hyderabadi beats, fast pace and an apparently catchy hook.
But it doesn't land, or stay with anyone. The video accompanying the song also shows how interested the SRH marketing team was while making the video. It literally has some stock shots with people flaunting SRH gear and its squad members making desperately angry faces in front of a green screen.
But YouTuber-level production quality aside, since SRH has a new coach, can we please also have a new anthem?
Delhi Capitals - Roar Macha
In a similar situation as RCB, Delhi Capitals (erstwhile Daredevils) too have lacked a hit anthem...and silverware. Now we are not saying that there's a correlation between a good anthem and team's performance, but a solid anthem can uplift the fans instantly even when their team look distraught on the field (ask early KKR fans).
Delhi had a facelift in the 2019 edition, with a new name, new management and a new look. So they even tried getting a great anthem by roping in a successful Bollywood music director in the form of Amit Trivedi. 'Roar Macha' even sounded like a semi-hit bollywood track tailored around Delhi culture. But that's all it was. Just another track with typically Punjabi-Bollywood beats. It has very catchy video however.
The lyrics too felt like a result of a boring brief given by the team management around words young Delhiites use. So as a result, 'Roar Macha' is largely forgotten and left little impact on pop-culture.
Kings XI Punjab - Dhoom Punjabi
Ah, we've finally entered the league of elites in terms of IPL team anthems. It's been 12 years since the first iteration of 'Dhoom Punjabi' was released and it would be very hard for the fans to not identify 'Dhoom Punjabi' with the KXIP.
Also, it's rustic and unabashedly Punjabi beats add to its magic. The iconic Daler Mehndi singing the track only adds more punch to the anthem.
And boy does it sound uplifting when it plays after each boundary of KL Rahul. It's got a great recall value and brand association and is certainly amongst the better team anthems of the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals - Halla Bol
This one is another one of those anthems which you can immediately identify with the region it represents. 'Halla Bol' sounds like Rajasthan and its history of brave kings, the various musical instruments and its vibrant yet earthy culture.
It's again one of those original anthems which released way back in the initial seasons of the IPL, so the history of the team has got intertwined with the tune at thise point. Though it's little jarring to see Steve Smith and Jos Butler jiving to 'Halla Bol', it syncs perfectly when they're punishing one bowler after the other.
Mumbai Indians - Duniya Hila Denge Hum / Aa Laa Re
It's only fitting that the most successful IPL team has a fitting anthem and 'Duniya Hila Denge' is perhaps the most inspiring of them all. It starts with the spirit of Mumbai with a proclamation that it has arrived in 'Aa laa re' and then proceeds to establish the grit and determination this team has shown over the years.
Also with icons like Sachin Tendulkar and Hrithik Roshan being associated with iterations of the song makes it even more inspiring. This anthem sounds as awful to fans of other teams as it sounds rousing to the MI fans.
This one's a blockbuster
Whistle Podu - Chennai Super Kings
CSK's anothem is arguably the best in IPL and is certainly among the most celebrated, but someone has to come second. The moment you hear those whistles and you start feeling that Thala Dhoni and his disciples are once against going to run away with the title. Over it's multiple iterations, 'Whistle Podu' has never lost its touch with the city Chennai.
Bonafide IPL legends like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson dancing on this infectious tune over the years have made even more iconic than it would otherwise have been.
Also love it recieves it from the core CSK supporters is unprecedented. During the IPL months this track is played all over Chennai and is now part of the Chennai culture. Not easy to beat that.
Korbo Lorbo Jitbo Re - Kolkata Knight Riders
If anything can trump the madness around 'Whistle Podu', then it hasto be the Kolkata cacophony led by the King SRK himself. When it first came out in 2008, nobody really understood what IPL was or what was going to happen. Then came that video. It was Shah Rukh Khan's voice-over juxtaposed with the war cry of 'Korbo Lorbo Jitbo Re'. Faces of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, Shoaib Akhtar and Brendon McCullum lit over fire in the video gave people the impression that cricket would never be the same again. McCullum's first innings for the IPL side was further proof.
Once the song started, it was the Badshah on the screen with scores of people adoring that golden knight helmet and over the next two minutes, India had a new anthem. And it was 'Korbo Lorbo Jitbo'.
It is the most watched IPL team anthem by a margin and there is huge chance that if you meet a person from Kolkata then you'd do an infantile version of the song to make them comfortable.
Until IPL's vuvuzela-esque tune got popular, it was KKR's anthem that held the IPL flag high in the anthem-space.
With Shah Rukh's effervescent star-power, Vishal-Sekhar's A+ composition and the team's success, it has to be biggest, the baddest and the most iconic IPL team anthem of all time.