Known as the girl next door, the audience’s love for this actress hasn’t lessened a bit even after she has taken a break from films. Starting her film career in 2002 with the film ‘Ab Ke Baras’, she went onto work in many memorable films such as the romantic comedy ‘Masti’ (2004) in which she played the role of a possessive wife.
The actress we are talking about is none other than Amrita Rao who celebrates her 40th birthday on 7th June. As a little tribute BizAsiaLive.com will look back at five of the actresses iconic songs.
Woh Pyar Mera from ‘Alisha’ (2001)
Not many may know but before making her entry into films Rao was actually a part of Alisha Chinai’s music video. There was a time when this music video was constantly played on music channels and it was very popular. In the video Rao appears at what looks like a rehearsal for a music show but the main performer seems to be struggling to get the dance moves right. Eventually the performer quits and after seeing Rao dance the director decides to make Rao the main lead.
This song was appreciated so much that a remix version was created and Rao also appeared in the new music video too. That was something rarely seen at the time but it was a delight to watch Rao performing on a song that gave her so much success.
Chale Jaise Hawaein from ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004)
Who can forget Sanjana (Rao) known as Sanju to her friends. Her unique style, her wavy hair and eyes filled with dark kohl this sweet girl was the friend everyone needed. She had a pure heart and only wanted to be loved. In this song the audience is able to see who Sanjana really is, she’s carefree, does as she pleases but at the same time not many know what lies in her heart. This character played by Rao showed a different side to the actress which many loved. Here was a girl who didn’t want to fit in she was comfortable in her own skin. For this role she was nominated the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Also Vasundhara Das deserves a special mention as she really brought out Sanjana’s passion through her vocals.
O Jiji from ‘Vivah’ (2006)
A sweet song that shows the playful interaction between two sisters where one is teasing the other. With the vocals of Pamela Jain and Shreya Ghoshal for the sisters, they managed to bring out the emotions required for the song perfectly. Poonam (Rao) can be seen feeling a little shy when her younger sister Chhoti (Amrita Prakash) pulls her leg about her future brother in law arriving. Rao and Prakash acted so well on this song showing the love between two siblings.
Mahive from ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’ (2002)
Alka Yagnik’s beautiful vocals worked on Rao’s performance of a girl expressing her feelings to the one she loves. There was an innocence as well as coyness in the way she acted in the song. Dressed in a traditional Punjabi attire Rao looked the part of a young girl from Punjab. It was the first time she was cast opposite Ajay Devgn and the role was short but in this song one can see she performed beautifully.
Aisa Kyun Hota Hai from ‘Ishq Vishk’ (2003)
An expression of first love, where everything feels good and all one wants to do is smile. Payal (Rao) is feeling somewhat different in herself but she feels happy, perhaps it is love she thinks to herself. Rao did a great job in this song showing what a first love can be like. Alka Yagnik sang for Rao which was the correct choice as the two of them together managed to create something so wonderful and positive which just makes the listener happy.
This was Shahid Kapoor’s debut film which saw him with Rao. The story showed a friendship which eventually blossoms into love. Their jodi was appreciated so much that even today people feel that Rao and Kapoor look best together on screen.
The team at BizAsiaLive.com wishes Amrita Rao a happy 40th birthday!