Birthday Love: Alka Yagnik’s magic in the early noughties


In the 80s this singer not only managed to make an entry into the world of Indian playback singing but they also became a name that one shall never forget in Indian Cinema. They’ve not only sung some unforgettable songs over the decades but they have also helped in making so many actresses careers thrive with their vocals.

This legend is none other than Alka Yagnik, the singer with a golden voice. This year on the 20th March Yagnik will be celebrating her 55th birthday therefore, will look at five songs that were created during the early noughties and ones that solely featured Yagnik’s vocals.

O Bangla Gaadi from ‘Chhupa Rustam’ (2001)
Anand Milind managed to bring the 90’s touch with this number and who better to sing this one but Yagnik. One night Nisha (Manisha Koirala) expresses her feelings to Raja (Sanjay Kapoor) which appear to be one of fear that she may lose him to another woman. She’s happy if he gives her a car, a bungalow and even jewellery but warns him not to give his heart away to her.

It was an upbeat number with Yagnik adding that special touch to the song.

San Sanana from ‘Asoka’ (2001)
A playful number that saw Kareena Kapoor Khan singing and dancing without a care in the world whilst unknown to her she has an admirer. This is the song that introduces her character Kaurwaki and from the lyrics it suggests that no one is on her level, from her belief she is a very unique person.

It is said that Anand Bakshi was roped in to write the lyrics for this particular song with Anu Malik working on the music of the film. Yagnik was nominated at least twice for this song which can be understood. The song was not only sung melodiously but it also gave the listener an understanding as to what Khan’s character is about and how she thinks.

Aksar Is Duniya Mein from ‘Dhadkan’ (2000)
It was the night Dev (Suniel Shetty) had been eagerly waiting for and the moment for Sheetal (Mahima Chaudhry) to see what it was that drove Dev to become the man he now was. Anjali (Shilpa Shetty Kundra) Dev’s ex, arrives with her husband Ram (Akshay Kumar) at a party that Dev has held. The party is just an excuse all Dev really wants is to meet Anjali.

As a whole the music of the film was a hit and this special number was very popular. Yagnik begins the song so strongly booming her voice that the listener is left mesmerised. At the same time Yagnik controls her vocals beautifully moving from high to low notes with such ease.

Badi Mushkil from ‘Lajja’ (2001)
When Madhuri Dixit Nene performs everyone sits back and watches in amazement because the talent this actress possesses is very hard to find. If Nene’s skill in dancing is combined with Yagnik’s legendary vocals then the audience is in for a treat. It was a fun track that had Janki (Nene) having some fun and getting her new friend Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) to let loose and enjoy herself.

If the song is memorable for Nene’s performance it would be incomplete if Yagnik’s name wasn’t mentioned because without her this song would not be the same.

Daiya Daiya Daiya Re from ‘Dil Ka Rishta’ (2003)
Tia (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is performing on stage while in the audience Jai (Arjun Rampal), his best friend and his father watch her performance. The song became such a big hit when it first released from the way Yagnik sang it to how beautifully Bachchan not only looked but danced on the song. As a whole the song had everything it was full on entertainment.

The team at wishes Alka Yagnik a very happy birthday.

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