Bollywood

‘Track’ Record – Top 10 actors-turned-singers of Bollywood

They have already charmed their way to your hearts with
their acting skills and impeccable charisma. But even when they decided to give
their singing talent a try, they enthralled you by their knowledge of rhythm
and music! Although we have had quite a few actors in the past giving wings to
their singing dreams, we give a lowdown on some superstars
who are proud members of the Singers’ Club too…

Amitabh Bachchan: He was the first superstar-turned-singer in the history
of Indian cinema. Amitabh was at the peak of his career when he had first
agreed to croon (with much hesitation) Mere
paas aao mere dosto ek qissa suno
for Mr. Natwarlal. And then there has
been no stopping to this proud owner of such an envious baritone. With some
timeless classics like Mere angne mein, Rang barse, Neela aasman so gaya and
many more immortal songs from his hey days to singing songs even at 73,
Bachchan is an epitome of versatility, not only as an actor, but even as a
singer and we definitely want him to continue creating magic behind the
microphone!

Salman Khan: We know the moment you think of Salman Khan as a singer,
the first few songs that come to your mind are Main hoon Hero tera  from Hero
and Hangover from Kick. But this man with the midas touch had sung his first
song way back in the 90s for his brother Sohail Khan’s film Hello Brother and
the superhit number was Chandi ki daal par sone ka more which was a Dahi Handi
sequence in the film. For those not in the know, Salman, in his first playback
attempt, was lucky enough to have sung with the extremely versatile and
talented singer Alka Yagnik who had done playback for Rani Mukerji in the film.
Buy a DVD to watch the song if you still haven’t.

Aamir Khan: We all remember Aamir Khan’s very first attempt at
playback singing, don’t we? Well, that’s the magic of this perfectionist Khan.
Ae, kya bolti tu? Aati kya Khandala is still considered to be one of the catchy
lines by the roadside romeos and taporis who wish to impress their ladylove. Interestingly, like Salman, Aamir too made his singing debut in a film that had Rani Mukerji
as his heroine and Alka Yagnik as his co-singer. Although Aamir was highly
appreciated for his singing skills, it took almost one-and-a-half decade for
this superstar to get behind the microphone for his directorial, Taare Zameen
Par
. We wish he sings more often. Hai na
guys?


Shah Rukh Khan: I am sure if you grew up in the 90s watching some
not-so-great movies by the superstar Khans, you would definitely remember Shah
Rukh Khan’s commercial disaster Josh that
saw King Khan experimenting with his vocal skills. We wish he hadn’t! Anyways, Shah
Rukh Khan did try his best to do complete justice to the song Apun bola tu meri laila the way he sung
it. Now, the interesting common factor between SRK and Aamir is that they both
made their singing debut with a tapori number in films that saw them playing a
local gunda and a mawaali.

Akshay Kumar: The world knows that Akshay Kumar can kick, punch and do
those breathtaking stunts like nobody else’s business. But only few know that his
proficient singing skills can give playback singers a run for their money. The
actor, who had earlier crooned in Singh
Is King
and Special 26 created a
new benchmark with his fast number, Maange
entertainment
in Entertainment.
Despite being a rap song, his clarity in words, his understanding of scale and
his sense of rhythm left the composers spellbound. The actor had even released
a video of the entire song recording on Youtube. Be ready to see his name in
the singing credits of his future films too, guys!

Varun Dhawan: While superstars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar opened
their ‘singing’ cards quite later in their career, the latest heartthrob Varun
Dhawan seems to be in too much hurry to win women’s hearts in every possible
way he can. If giving women sleepless nights with those rippling six-pack abs
in Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania wasn’t enough,
he even decided to create magic by being behind the microphone for the latter.
Varun stole a million hearts as he rapped in the song Lucky tu, lucky me in HSKD.
The song became an instant hit at the pubs and discotheques and became a youth anthem
of sorts. Well, with the youngest heartthrob of the town lending his voice to
it, you don’t expect it to be anything less than an anthem, do you?

Madhuri Dixit: In her three-decade-long career, this gorgeous diva has
given many award-winning performances that got her enviable success, acclaim
and accolades. However, Madhuri, who is known for her dancing skills, never
lent her voice to her film’s songs until she played Chandramukhi in Sanjay
Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. And 12 years
later, this Padma Shri winner again crooned for Rangi sari gulabi chunariya in Gulaab
Gang
that saw her in a never-before-seen avatar of a woman dacoit. The film
didn’t do any good either at the box office or to her career, but we are sure
this 47-year-old diva would be back on silver screen to enthrall and mesmerize
the audience soon!

Priyanka Chopra: She dares to go where any of her contemporaries couldn’t
even think of. She has achieved heights of performances and critical acclaim
any other actress can only dream of. And the Mary Kom biopic only proved all of
the above and more, true. However, apart from putting her heart, soul, blood
and sweat into the character, she had even lent her voice to a song for the
film, thereby making it all the more real and authentic. The world is aware of
her singing talent, thanks to her two international singles, but it was the
first time this ex-Miss World was seen doing a playback for a film in her
decade-long career. Looks like there is no stopping to this powerhouse
performer!

Alia Bhatt: Alia Bhatt, with her tremendous acting skills, has time
and again managed to leave her detractors spellbound. And if that wasn’t
enough, the actress took everyone by surprise by revealing how good a singer
she is as she sung Sooha saha in Highway and later, Main tenu samjhawan ki in Humpty
Sharma Ki Dulhania
. Even during promoting both the films at various reality
shows, the actress sung the songs as effortlessly and religiously as she did
for the films. Being the daughter of Mahesh Bhatt, who’s known to have good
understanding of music and melody, singing came quite naturally to Alia. We
need to wait and watch this talented artist sing in her father’s films which
are known for their chartbuster songs. We are sure the day is not too far!

Shraddha Kapoor: With that gorgeous face and inherited acting skills, it
was enough for Shraddha Kapoor to make it big in Bollywood. And what has given
her more reasons to celebrate is the way her singing talent has been welcomed
with open arms (and ears) by the industry and the audiences alike! Interestingly,
the first blockbuster of her career, Aashiqui
2,
which went on to become her first 100-crore hit, was a musical
extravaganza, but she didn’t sing a single song in it. However, the song Galliyan from Ek Villain, to which Shraddha lent her voice, became a chartbuster
and one of the major USPs while promoting the film. It wouldn’t be wrong to say
that Shraddha contributed to the film’s 100-crore business in more ways than
one. Way to go girl!

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