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Song by A. R. Rahman (composer) & Mohit Chauhan (singer) from the album Delhi-6 : Music From The Motion Picture
Released 14 January 2009
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2008
Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 4:50
Label T-Series
Writer(s) Prasoon Joshi
Producer(s) A. R. Rahman
Delhi-6 : Music From The Motion Picture track listing

"Masakali" is a popular Hindi song from the 2009 Bollywood film Delhi-6. It was composed by A. R. Rahman, sung by Mohit Chauhan and lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi. The song was released as part of the soundtrack album of the film on 14 January 2009 at the Indian Idol 4 competition. The song got overwhelming positive responses and won five Mirchi Music Awards including the Best Song of the Year Award.[1]


Rahman composed the song much before he swept nearly all the international music awards for his Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. He recorded the song in December 2008 and the vocalist was collaborating with Rahman only for the second time. The title of the song was the name of a pigeon appearing in the movie. The pigeon was a major theme used in the movie.


The song was released as part of the soundtrack album of the film on 14 January 2009 at the Indian Idol 4 competition.[2] The first video of the song "Masakali" was released featuring Sonam Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan with a pigeon. However, the song was not part of the original film. According to the director, "The song was not really meant to be part of the narrative. I mean, who would think of putting in a song about a dove in a film like Delhi-6? It just happened. When I came to the pre-climax portion of my script, I was stuck. I needed a continuity link taking the narrative to its finale".[3][4]


Chart performance[edit]

The song got excellent responses and soon became the chart topper of the year. It ranked #2 in the 2009 top songs list of The Times of India. They commented on the song, " This expressive number from the film Delhi-6, sung by Mohit Chauhan, bowled people over. An AR Rahman composition, it's a free flowing, addictive, fun song. Masakalli is still being played on music channels and radio and it's expected to stay with music buffs for some time to come, owing to its joyful mood."[5] The song topped the Indian charts for more than 34 continuous weeks[6] and was declared as the most successful song of that year.


The song along with the soundtrack album, swept all the major music awards of the year. It emerged as the biggest winner in the Airtel Mirchi Music Awards - 2009 by winning the following categories.[1]

  • Best Song of the Year
  • Best Music Director of the Year - A. R. Rahman
  • Best Male vocalist of the Year - Mohit Chauhan
  • Best Lyricist of the Year - Prasoon Joshi
  • Best Song Arranger and Programmer - A. R. Rahman


In an interview about the lost literary elements of songs, ghazal singer Jagjit Singh dashed out against Prasoon Joshi for using the word "Masakali". He says, "Do you understand the meaning of "Jai Ho" or "Masakali"? I did not understand."[7] (The former song is Academy Award winning work by Rahman and noted poet Gulzar).

In popular culture[edit]

  • A popular kurti style adapted the name of the song.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Masakali info"
  2. ^ 'Delhi-6′ Audio Release Function On Indian Idol 4 Retrieved on 2009-02-09
  3. ^ Dove song in movie was not planned
  4. ^ "Delhi-6 music out on 14th January"
  5. ^ "Top 10 Bollywood songs of 2009". The Times Of India. 31 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Chor Bazaari top song of 2009". The Times Of India. 4 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Balaji Vittal (10 April 2009). "Jazzing it up!". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  8. ^ "What's in, what's out". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 June 2010.