Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, stormed the Hindi Movie Industry with twin successes in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Taal’. She nullified the theory that models cannot act. In the music department, she has performed perfectly in songs of all genres. Her presence itself adds value to the song and makes it a visual treat.
Here we present you with the Top 10 Best Songs of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan:
1. Kajra Re: Although Aishwarya only made a special appearance for one item song, ‘Kajra Re’ became the most talked about thing of not only ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ but the year 2005 itself. Ash rocked the stage with her killer looks and sensuous moves. When her real life hubby Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan joined her on the dance floor, there was bound to be an explosion. Gulzar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Alisha Chinoy combined together to create the magic that was ‘Kajra Re’.
2. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: Not many directors have presented Aishwarya better on-screen than the way Sanjay Leela Bhansali did in the title song of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, rendered beautifully by Kavitha Krishnamoorthy. The song is apt for the situation in the movie and sensitively picturized on Rai and Devgan.
3. Dola Re Dola: This is not an easy one by any means. To compete with the biggest dancing diva Madhuri Dixit on the tunes of Saroj Khan is a huge task. Aishwarya matched Madhuri step by step in this number composed by Ismail Darbar for Devdas. Bhansali yet again managed to extract the best out of her as Paaro. It’s also one of the best dance songs of Aishwarya Rai’s career.
4. Taal Se Taal: Legends Subhash Ghai, A R Rahman and Anand Bakshi joined together to create the fabulous music of Taal. This title song has Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan singing at their best. Aishwarya excelled in portraying the character of an aspiring singer Mansi.
5. Humko Humise Chura Lo: From Bhansalis and Ghais, we move to Chopras now. Yes, Ms. Rai has worked with almost every renowned director of Bollywood. This pure romantic melody composed by Jatin-Lalit from ‘Mohabbatein’, takes you to the world of dreams. Soulfully sung by Lata and Udit, the song is a visual extravaganza of romance.
6. Crazy Kiya Re: If the top 5 roles presented Aishwarya in traditional attire, Dhoom 2 had Rai in never seen before western outfits. This catchy dance number is composed by Pritam and sung energetically by Sunidhi Chauhan. Aish set the stage on fire with her rocking steps.
7. Waada Raha: This smooth love ballad from Khakee is audio-visually one of the best songs. The song’s video direction, featuring Aish with Akshay, is perfectly in synch with the music. The delightful visuals stop and start in between to go with the tune of Ram Sampath. Shreya Ghosal, who started her career as Aish’s voice in ‘Devdas’, is sensational in this song.
8. Haare Haare: Anu Malik has given his best compositions for director Mansoor Khan. This soft and sad track is taken to unmatchable heights by the vocals of Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. Aishwarya played the role of SRK’s sister, a Goa girl, in the movie.
9. Aao Na: Sadhana Sargam’s voice is equivalent to hearing a nightingale in this song from ‘Kyun.. Ho Gaya Na’. Song is aptly filmed on Aishwarya and Vivek Oberoi. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics have done full justice to this melody composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
10. Jashn E Bahara: Although this Rahman’s composition is a solo male song, it is based on Akbar’s feelings towards Jodhaa in the movie. The presence of Aishwarya ignites the song as she portrays the character of Mughal wife perfectly.
Other wonderful songs featuring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are Hai Mera Dil (Josh), Barso Re(Guru), Udi (Guzaarish), Ishq Kameena (Shakti), Tumse kahein (Balle Balle Amritsar To LA), Ranjha Ranjha (Raavan), Aa Ab Laut Chalein (title track) and Meri Saanso mei basa hai (Aa Ab Laut Chalein).
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Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma
Note: Madhuri’s birthday is coming up after 2 weeks and hence we will be publishing her best songs on 15th May as a small tribute from our side.