Top 15 songs from Shahrukh Khan films
If there is one Bollywood actor who has captured the hearts of the Western world, it’s Shahrukh Khan.
The prolific thespian is not only one of the most talented actors around, he’s drop-dead gorgeous. In every movie, he enthralls with both good and evil characters and never fails to entertain, regardless of how noble or silly his character is.
Here are some of our favourite songs from his films. This is me being filmi. Very filmi.
15. ‘Ajab Si’ from Om Shanti Om (2007)
This pretty and sweet love song is sheer poetry, telling of a young man in love. Set in the 1970s, the story of Om and Shanti is one for the history books, and is epitomised in this song.
14. ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ from
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
This is the movie that got South Africa back in touch with Bollywood, and this song no less. It became a signature song for lovers, for broken hearts and for many, many a good occasion. It is still one of the most loved songs in Bollywood history.
13. ‘Mere Mehboob
Mere Sanam’ from Duplicate (1998)
Another blast from the past with the dual-role Shahrukh playing the fool to this classic. It’s not particularly life-changing, but this song gets people dancing, and brings out the Indian in everyone.
12. ‘Humko Humise
Churalo’ from Mohabbatein (2000)
Can you resist an older, more refined Shahrukh in a suit dancing with the beautiful Aishwarya Rai? No? Thought so. With typical old Bollywood-style dancing in the mountains, the magic lies in the stunning song, poetic lyrics and sublime tear-jerking quality.
Chaiyya’ from Dil Se (1998)
Actually filmed on a moving train, this video is captivating in its beauty in simplicity. Just a moving train, traditional dancers and one hot woman dancing with the quite clueless Shahrukh, who just goes with it. Beautiful, traditional and uncomplicated.
10.’ Kal Ho Na Ho’
from Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
A lyrically strong song is made that much better by the message the film portrays, with a dying Shahrukh singing ‘tomorrow may never be’ to his love and telling her to live each day as if it’s the last. Yes, girls. I know you’re choking back tears.
9. ‘Ho Gaya Hai
Tujhko’ from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
My favourite song from my favourite film. Whenever I watch this video, I can’t help but twirling around and singing along. This is Shahrukh and Kajol with their first dip into their legendary, electric on-screen chemistry.
8. Mein Yahaan Hoon
from Veer-Zaara (2004)
It’s a broken-hearted Preity Zinta getting engaged to someone else with her thoughts dwelling on Sharukh, singing to her telling her he will always be there, regardless of what happens to them. Creepy, stalkerish, a bit nuts, but wow, what a beautiful song.
Deewangi Deewangi from Om Shanti Om
A happy party song, with the video guest-starring actors like Rani Mukerji, Zayed Khan, Juhi Chawla, Aftab Shivdasani and even legends like Shabana Azmi and Rekha. Everyone loves this and its feel-good dance vibe.
6. ‘Are Re Are’ from Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
My best friend – a total Shahrukh nut – used to sing this is class, prompting many a hushed “shhhhhhh” from the rest of the kids. Along with possibly the best actress Bollywood has ever seen, Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh delivers a sterling performance while telling the story of a budding romance that he won’t let happen.
5. ‘Tumse Milke
Dil Ka’ from Main Hoon Na (2004)
Not exactly all Shahrukh, with Zayed Khan taking a bit of the limelight, but the kawali-style dance song is somewhat of a narrative worship of the female form – particularly former Miss Universe Shushmita Sen. In traditional fashion mixed with modern beats, I love this one. People look at me like I’m totally crazy when I turn this up to full volume in my car and dance like nobody’s watching. It’s made even better by Sonu Nigam’s stunning vocals.
4. ‘Bole Churiyan’
from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
Another favourite, with the traditional shoulder and hip shaking being the order of the day. A grumpy Shahrukh finally gets dancing at a huge function with his wife, sister-in-law and brother in a glorious epic.
3. ‘Mahi Ve’ from Kal
Ho Na Ho (2003)
Another dance song, also traditional with a modern twist. He sings to his love as she prepares to marry someone else, but he’s still dancing nonetheless. In a splendid display of colour and sound, this is still on my daily playlist, and always gets me dancing.
2. ‘Tujhe Dekha To Hai
Jaana Sanam’ from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
He’s declaring his love for Kajol in the middle of a field of flowers with nothing but the clothes on his back and a cowbell. How much more romantic can you get? It’s Bollywood at its absolute best, with the duo proving why they were to become two of the most important actors in Bollywood history.
1. ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
And finally at number one we have the sensual, sexy realisation of love between Shahrukh and Kajol. Filled with passion and even a nod to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai thrown in the middle, the song has become an everlasting epic with magnificent acting coupled with striking lyrics.