Here we take a look at the top Bollywood Stars who are good singers as well, at least some of them. The rest, though not great singers, have some memorable songs to their credit.
The most recent to join this list is perfectionist Aamir Khan, who turns a rapper for the Dhaakad song in Dangal. Although Aamir has sung in films before, this is the first time he has sung a full-fledged song. This Haryanvi rap song has an earthy-yet-edgy feeling to it.
Don’t remember seeing this sing in the film? Its because this song is being used as a promotional song, and so it will not be a part of the film.
Young actresses like Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor have already sung songs in Bollywood films, and now its the turn of Sonakshi Sinha to display her vocal skills. Sonakshi will soon be making her singing debut with Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai. Produced by T Series, the song will b a music video initially.
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Bollywood Stars Who Turned Singers For Their Films
When the Hindi film industry was new, actors who could sing as well were preferred. Over the years talented playback singers (Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle) took over this department. However, in recent times, most filmmakers/music-directors have experimented with their singers, and at times, also given the opportunity to the lead actors to lend their voice to the song.
Some of these songs went on to become stupendous hits.
Here, we take a look at some of out Bollywood stars who turned singers for some of their films.
Priyanka Chopra is probably the only Bollywood star who’s taking her singing quite seriously. In fact she’s keen to make a mark for herself as a singer in the International circuit. Her ‘In My City’ and ‘Exotic’ tracks were quite popular abroad, and there are more songs lined up. Priyanka had earlier sung for the Tamil film, Thamizhan way back in 2002.
Also Read: Priyanka Chopra goes International.
The young Alia Bhatt is multi-talented; besides great acting skills, she also has a good voice. Checkout this song.
Alia Bhatt singing the unplugged version of Samjhawan from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
If Alia can sing, how can Shraddha Kapoor be left behind? Checkout Shraddha Kapoor displaying her singing talent.
Ayushmann Khurrana is another multi-talented actor, who can sing, and also occasionally composes music.
Ayushmann Khurrana singing Pani Da Rang song from the movie Vicky Donor
Farhan Akhtar showed his amazing singing talent in the movie ‘Rock On’, where almost all the songs were super hits (Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy). and the great thing was that he sang a variety of songs – ballads as well as rock songs with ease.
Here’s one of the songs ‘Tum Ho Toh’ from the movie ‘Rock On’ by Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar, along with Abhay Deol & Hrithik Roshan have sung the popular ‘Senorita’ track from the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy). We all know that Farhan can sing well, but even Hrithik Roshan & Abhay Deol did a fabulous job with their singing.
Here’s the Senorita song from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ sung by Farhan, Hrithik & Abhay
Shruti Haasan is a trained singer and has sung several songs in South Indian films. She has sung a couple of songs – ‘Jee Le Kar Aitbar’ and ‘Aazma Luck’ in her debut film ‘Luck’ in Bollywood. She’s definitely a good singer as you can checkout in this video.
Shruti Haasan singing the “Luck Aazma” track from the movie ‘Luck’
There are many more songs that have been sung by Bollywood actors/actresses, although not as popular as these ones. One song worth mentioning is the ‘Right Here Right Now’ track from the movie ‘Bluffmaster’ which was sung by Abhishek Bachchan and Sunidhi Chauhan; it was a great track which became quite popular at that time.
The catchy ‘Right Here Right Now’ track from ‘Bluffmaster’
Besides Big B, not many big stars had attempted singing earlier. It was ‘Mr. Perfectionist’ who started a new trend. Aamir Khan’s ‘Aati Kya Khandala’ from the movie Ghulam was a rage. It was the unofficial anthem of all ‘taporis’, & also increased the popularity of Lonavla & Khandala as a tourist destination.
Post this song, even the other Khans followed suit but none of their songs were as popular as this one.
Aamir Khan & Rani Mukherjee in the song ‘Aati Kya Khandala’ from the movie Ghulam
Not the one to be left behind, even Shahrukh Khan has sung a few songs in his films, the more popular one being the ‘Apun Bola’ track from the movie Josh.
‘Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila’ Song from the movie Josh
Amitabh Bachchan, till date, has sung several songs in his films. The more popular ones were from ‘Silsila’ (music by Shiv Hari). Here are some of the popular songs that Big B has sung.
Rang Barse song from Silsila
‘Neela Aasman’ from Silsila
‘Mere Paas Aao Mere Doston Ek Khissa Sunau’ from the movie ‘Mr. Natwarlal’. A favorite song of all the kids in the late seventies & early eighties (movie was released in 1979)
Shraddha and Aditya show their musical skills on Indian Idol
Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur displayed their singing skills on the Indian Idol show; the two were on the show to promote their upcoming film ‘OK Jaanu’.
The two actors sang the song ‘Humma Humma’ fro their movie, in front of the judges – Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam, who were impressed as they didn’t expect them to sing so well, especially Aditya Roy Kapur who even played the guitar and displayed decent vocal skills.
So while Shraddha Kapoor has already sung several songs in Bollywood, probably you might see Aditya Roy Kapur do the same in the future.
Shraddha and Aditya then sat with the judges to look at the performances of the contestants. Being a better singer (than Aditya), Shraddha was able to give some (knowledgeable) comments on the performances.
Shraddha got emotional when one of the contestants (Bharti Gupta) sang for her deaf father, who was made to sit along with the judges. When Shraddha was in tears, father Shakti Kapoor walked in on the stage and surprised Shraddha.
Have we missed any other popular song sung by a Bollywood star? Please let us know in the comments below.