Independence Day Special: When singers united hearts through their songs


There have been talks of banning artists from working in certain industries, still that hasn’t stopped artists from collaborating. Music is such a medium that it can bring everyone together and in this case it has.

The 14th and 15th August is celebrated in both India and Pakistan where each country marks the day when they gained independence. Some may feel that the residents there still have a long way to go but in some ways they are moving forward by taking the right steps and working together. will remember the times when singers from both Pakistan and India collaborated and created some spectacular music.

Reshma in ‘Hero’ (1983)
The late Reshma was a legend in the true sense even today her songs are listened to with such love and respect. In reality she was a very simple lady and lived an ordinary life but when she sang she touched the heart in ways even unknown to her. When she sang the heart wrenching ‘Lambi Judai’ it brought a tear to many eyes, the pain in her voice could be sensed but she sang it beautifully. It was picturised on newcomers Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri who acted tremendously showing the audiences the pain of two lovers being separated from one another.

Ghulam Ali in ‘Bewafaa’ (2005)
It’s not the first time that Ali has worked in Bollywood in fact he sung for the 1982 film ‘Nikaah’ which received a lot of appreciation at the time. This particular song Teri yaad is a ghazal and its lyrics have been penned by the lyricist Sameer.

The song is a reminder of those loved ones that have left but their memories forever remain with us. In the film Anil Kapoor is haunted by his guilt for not spending enough time with his wife, he loved her a lot but due to his work commitments he never gave her his time. When she passes away he can’t stop thinking about her and his love for her remains. Ali sang this in such a way that it is difficult to listen to without shedding a tear as it is so emotional.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in ‘Kartoos’ (1999)
This legend has created history wherever his voice has reached and there isn’t a country that has not heard his name. The late Ali Khan sung for many films in his time touching the hearts of all with his powerful voice.

Ishq ka rutba was picturised on both Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala who in the song seem very much in love with one another. The song talked about the status of love and the immense power of this feeling. Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics which are still memorable to this day.
Ali Khan is missed terribly but with the reminders of his songs he is within our hearts forever.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in ‘October’ (2018)
Following in the footsteps of his uncle the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat also ventured into Bollywood by singing and he attained great success worldwide. Audiences love his soothing and melodious voice which carries one away to another world. This particular song Tab hi tu mere sang rehna was an intense song that forces one to get lost in the lyrics, the music and of course Rahat’s vocals. Tanveer Ghazi’s penned lyrics worked like a wonder with the sounds of Rahat and music by Anupam Roy.

Atif Aslam in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ (2017)
Aslam is a name that is in the hearts of many Bollywood fans. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that his songs have created some beautiful memories for people. Irshad Kamil’s poetic lyrics were given life with the amazing vocals of Aslam for Dil diyan gallan. The music by Vishal and Shekhar went so well with Aslam’s vocals it was perfection. Salman Khan is seen surprising Katrina Kaif with beautiful gifts and cooking for her it was a wonderful presentation of the song.

Kumar Sanu in ‘Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa’ (2002)
Woh ladki hai ya jadu became an instant hit with the vocals of Sanu. He sang the song with such sweetness that it was hard to not fall in love with the song. The song was picturised on Moammar Rana and Saleem Sheikh who played the role of best friends. When Falak (Rana) falls in love with Sitara (Sana Fakhar) his friend Chaand (Sheikh) cannot understand what is so special about the girl therefore Falak explains why she is special via this song. Sanu’s voice complimented Rana so well it was the correct choice to have Sanu sing for Rana.

Kavita Krishnamurthy in ‘Tere Pyar Mein’ (2000)
Aasman ko lagale haath main was a song that had friends Preity (Zara Sheikh) and Amina (Veena Malik) wandering in beautiful locations. Krishnamurthy sang beautifully while the late Amjad Bobby created the wonderful melody. This film saw the model Sheikh make her entry into the film industry and what luck to have such a legend sing for her in her very first film. Even the song was picturised in a marvellous manner showing some eye catching places and Sheikh and Malik looking pretty.

Shreya Ghoshal, Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan in ‘Koi Tujhsa Kahaan’ (2005)
This trio sang exceptionally giving the audiences a taste of something they would only hear in Bollywood films. The situation in the song Soni soni is that it is the wedding anniversary of Bella (Reema Khan) and Peeru (Moammar Rana) and they are made to dance by their friends. Sarah played by Simran is seen rejoicing with them. The duo of Yagnik and Narayan is extraordinary and in this case they managed to win hearts again with this song. A song that celebrates the love of two individuals with best wishes from good friends, in the vocals of Ghoshal.

Shaan in ‘Love Mein Ghum’ (2011)
Jaadu bhari teri nazar was a romantic number in which the hero expresses his feelings to the girl he likes. Shaan sung for Moammar Rana who played the role of Ali who falls in love with the hopeless romantic Maria also known as Zindagi by friends (Reema Khan). It is the birthday of Zindagi when Ali decides to profess his love to her. Confused as to why someone would feel that way about her Ali reveals his thoughts and feelings through this sweet dream sequence.

M. Arshad did wonders with this song and Shaan was magical bringing the characters feelings out with his vocals. Indeed it was a lovely song. hopes to see more of these artists collaborating together till then do enjoy these numbers and happy independence day to all its readers!

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