Bollywood actors explore inherent singing talent

Bollywood actors seem to have started exploring their talents beyond acting. Some have taken to directing films; some are producing while many others are trying their hands at playback singing.

Recently, actress Alia Bhatt had sung ‘Sooha Saaha’ for her 2014 film ‘Highway’. She also sang Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’ unplugged. Shraddha Kapoor crooned a song in her film ‘Ek Villain’ and also gave her voice to a Kashmiri folk song in her film ‘Haider’.

In the 2015 film ‘Tevar’ lead actress Sonakshi Sinha sang a line along with singer Imran Khan. A few days ago, she also recorded a song with popular singer Mika Singh for the 2015 IIFA awards ceremony.

Priyanka Chopra, who has ventured towards the West bagging a television drama series, has also released her indie-pop singles ‘In My City’ and ‘Exotic’ in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The former beauty queen’s first recording was for a Tamil film in 2002. In fact, she has given her voice in the biopic ‘Mary Kom’ and sang the title song of her latest film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ along with Farhan Akhtar, who is also among the actors-cum-singers.

The actor had sung all his songs in the 2008 film ‘Rock On!!’ In ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, he was the vocalist for one of the songs. His co-actors Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol also tried their voices in the film.

Salman Khan has shown his singing talent in ‘Chandi Ki Daal Par’ in the 1999 film ‘Hello Brother’. He thereafter, lent his voice in his other films like ‘Chal Mere Bhai’, ‘Hello’, ‘Bodyguard’, and more recently, sang ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ and ‘Hangover’ in ‘Kick’.

Abhishek Bachchan did a rap for his 2005 film ‘Bluffmaster’ and also sang in ‘Bol Bachchan’ along with co-actor Ajay Devgn.

Among others, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla  and Sanjay Dutt did a bit of singing in their respective films.

Megastar Amitabh is one actor-singer who has crooned maximum hit songs in his long spanning Bollywood career. As a lead actor, he sang ‘Mere Angane Mein’ (Laawaris), ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Waala’ (Don), ‘Jumma Chumma’ (Hum), ‘Kabhie Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’ (Kabhie Kabhie) and many more in ‘Silsila’, ‘Mahaan’, ‘Toofan’ etc . Even after his come-back in the industry in the late 1990s, Big B sang the hit number ‘Say Shava Shava’ in ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham’. He lent his voice to the title song of ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miya’ and sang as many as four songs in his film ‘Baagban’. In Bbuddha Hoga Tera Baap’ he has two songs. He also sang the title song of ‘Bol Bachchan’ starring his son Abhishek, and in ‘Bhootnath’ and its sequel.

The black-and-white era of Indian cinema saw Kishore Kumar, K.L. Sehgal, Suraiyya, and Noor Jehan who were fantastic singers as well as actors. Vaijantimala sang a few lines her film ‘Sangam’ and playbacked in ‘Cheye Thaki Cheye Thaki’ in Bengali film ‘Hatey Bazarey’.

The trend of singing actors in Bollywood is not new, but the increase in the number of stars turning to singing in recent years, is definitely worth noting.