10 Best Indian Music Videos Of 2021
RollingStone India|January 2022
From empowering stories to reminiscing loss and wild sojourns, Indian independent music sparked engrossing visuals this year
Anurag Tagat and David Britto

10 Ankur Sabharwal – “Better Man”

ANALOGUE CAMERA, black and white film, stop-motion and tons of cinema history easter eggs abound in New Delhi rock artist Ankur Sabharwal’s music video for “Better Man.” Directed by Mrinal Bahukandi, the music video ably reflects the many introspections of a person in the throes of the good vs. evil dilemma. Sabharwal emotes wildly for the camera like he was born for it – a side we haven’t seen before – and the painstakingly put together sets make for a total treat in each frame, supported by the joyous song. – ANURAG TAGAT

9 Kayan – “Be Alright”

MUMBAI ARTIST Ambika Nayak aka Kayan’s breezy song “Be Alright” comes wrapped in a chic video shot and directed by Iyanah Bativala. In the colorful and vibrant clip, Kayan performs the track while shining in purple and clutching a sunflower atop a terrace. In other scenes, the singer is seen pulling off a pink knitted hat and yellow sunglasses, showcasing her strong fashion game and reassuring listeners that “we gon be alright.” — DAVID BRITTO

8 Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Aman Sagar – “Khoya Sa”

FOR NEW DELHI MUSICIANS Sanjeeta Bhattacharya and Aman Sagar’s collaboration on the pop/R&B ballad “Khoya Sa,” the artists got director Karan Kapoor as well as writer and editor Ashish Tripathi on board. In the video, Bhattacharya is seen starring in it alongside fellow singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar. The visual brings the song to life as both Bhattacharya and Bhatnagar share subtle romantic moments with one another in the bylanes and chawls of New Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Yamuna Ghat. — D.B.

7 Komorebi – “Chanda”

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