Birthday special: Suniel Shetty’s romantic songs

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Suniel Shetty is one actor who is known mostly for his action orientated roles. During the 90s, Shetty worked in numerous successful films like ��Mohra�۪ (1994), ��Rakshak�۪ (1996), ��Border�۪ (1997), ��Gopi Kishan�۪ (1994) and many others.��Although he began his career with action films he has tried his hand at other genres like comedy and romance. In 2001 for the film ��Dhadkan�۪ he was awarded the Filmfare Best Villain award and then he received his second one in 2005 for the film ��Main Hoon Na�۪. Shetty is not only is he a brilliant actor but he is also a successful businessman, owning some of India�۪s best restaurants.

To celebrate the birthday of this great action hero, BizAsia is going back in time to remember some of those romantic numbers from Shetty�۪s films during the 90s.

Suniel Shetty's daughter to enter Bollywood
Suniel Shetty

Na kajre ki dhar from ‘Mohra’ (1994)

If one was asked to name a romantic Shetty song then this would be it. A classic that is just as popular today as it was when it was first released. The song is about a man praising his wife and describing how without any jewellery or adornments she still looks beautiful.

The film introduced a new actress named Poonam Jhawer who was seen alongside Sunil in the song. The whole song was filmed outdoors showing lots of greenery and beautiful locations in India.

The reason for this song being remembered even today is for its poetic lyrics and the mesmerising voice of Pankaj Udhas and Sadhana Sargam. The film also did exceptionally well and got nine Filmfare nominations.

Jhanjhariya from ‘Krishna’ (1996)

There were two versions of this song the first one has Karisma Kapoor dancing on a stage with many glamorous looks. Kapoor is seen performing in the hope of finding Sunil and when he doesn�۪t appear she leaves the stage disheartened in tears.

The second version is a happy version showing Kapoor wearing the anklets that Sunil has bought for her. Set in a desert location, which resemble Rajasthan we see Kapoor in various colourful lenghas throughout the song. Shetty is seen dancing accompanied by many backing dancers looking cool in his jeans and loose tops.

The story had Kapoor playing the role of a dancer while Shetty�۪s character is a trainee pilot trying to clear his name with the support of the law. However for Sunil this task isn�۪t easy as he has to forget his past life including his love and become a part of the underworld.

Aankhon mein base ho tum from ‘Takkar’ (1995)

Aankhon mein base ho tum had the vocals of Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. This time it was the pretty Sonali Bendre opposite Shetty in the film and one has to admit they looked amazing together. The song opens with Shetty taking pictures of Bendre while she poses like a model.

The story is of Ravi a freelance photographer (Shetty) and Mohini (Bendre) who are in love with each other. They are to get married soon but when Inspector De Costa played by Naseeruddin Shah sees Mohini he decides he will have her at any cost. How Ravi protects his love from the inspector and gets his own back is something to watch.

People may or may not remember the film but this song hasn�۪t been forgotten. It is a classic and is heard a lot even today.

Aa jaa jaane ja from ‘Anth’ (1993)

If Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon�۪s song Tip tip barsa pani had you feeling hot and steamy under the collar then check this one out. The song begins with Somy Ali waiting patiently for Sunil to fix his motorbike then all of a sudden it starts to thunder and get quite windy. In no time it begins to rain and then starts the romance. Ali was draped in a simple pink sari which is something perhaps the filmmakers wanted as most rain numbers in the 80s and 90s seemed incomplete without the heroine wearing a sari.

The vocals were by Abhijeet and Kavita Krishnamurthy while the music was composed by Anand Milind. It is perhaps the first and last song of its sort that Sunil had ever done but because of its popularity at the time it can be said that Shetty wasn�۪t any less than other actors.

Jis ghadi tujhko tere rab ne from ‘Prithvi’ (1997)

The film ‘Prithvi’ had Shetty playing the role of a famous, fashion photographer who is extremely happy with the life he has. Things take a strange turn when Shilpa Shetty enters his life and then the real drama begins. The film had everything from action, comedy, drama and some great tunes.

Udit Narayan had sung this gem of a song which had some beautiful lyrics. The song is about Shetty�۪s character admiring the beauty of Shilpa and describing how the almighty would have created her in a poetic manner. It is truly a beautiful song that can be listened to and watched with the whole family. Sadhna Sargam accompanied the vocals of Udit Narayan.

BizAsia wishes Suniel Shetty a happy 54th birthday.

By Yasmin Shabir

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