Birthday Special: Shah Rukh Khan Songs That Deserved More, Much More


Shah Rukh Khan’s life in films is nothing but ironic. Considered shy and withdrawn, the man opted for a film career, the man has also confessed to feeling shy towards women, and is, in a sense, responsible for redefining romance on the celluloid. The genre of romance and in particular Shah Rukh Khan’s genre is incomplete and unimaginable without its songs and unforgettable melodies.

But then there are some songs from his movies that didn’t get the love they deserved or maybe needed. As the man gets a year younger, here’s a look at some of his most underrated and mistakenly overlooked songs that should have been a little more popular:

1. Dekho Dekho Chamatkar- Chamatkar (1992)

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This was the first time we saw the uneducated and vulnerable Shah Rukh Khan, a blockhead who comes to Mumbai, gets tricked by his friend, visits a graveyard for shelter, meets a ghost and befriends him. The spirit confesses to him about his sins, Khan, who plays Sundar, reforms him. They are in dire need of money and are performing a skit on the streets of Mumbai, imaginatively choreographed and beautifully composed. It is surprising that few people revisit this track, especially Khan’s fans.

2. Aana Mere Pyar Ko-Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)

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Hindi Cinema is incomplete without a hero singing and dancing to a despised heroine, and Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, considered Khan’s best film and performance, has that one song: Aana Mere Pyar Ko. Sunil has not only lied about Aana, he has slandered her out of fear and insecurity in the eyes of her possible lover, and she is expected to be furious. Except for Kumar Sanu, there is hardly a singer who can pull out melodies, and this is one of them, albeit an underrated one.

3. Wah Ji Wah – Duplicate (1998)

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A very different from Kumar Sanu song, a very different from Anu Malik composition, and a very different from SRK song, Duplicate’s Wah Ji Wah is ingeniously choreographed. Again, this is a movie that shows the goofy side of the romantic star of cinema. He has been given the task of cooking a meal for the Japanese guests who are about to arrive at the hotel where he works, and he very much agrees. He sings and dances while cooking and enjoys the time and the process, but not too many people know how much they enjoy listening to this song.

4. Roshni Se- Asoka (2001)

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Asoka is one of Khan’s most ambitious films, fueled by a pulsating soundtrack and driven by spectacular canvas. One of Khan and Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s last collaborations, Roshni Se, was creatively filmed and had a calming quality to it. Santosh Sivan gave the second half of this period drama a leisurely pace, which was evident in the way he staged his songs, and this was one of them. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s electrical chemistry was just the icing on the cake.

5. Phir Raat Kati- Paheli (2005)

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Another failed experiment of the actor, Amol Palekar’s Paheli, was about the love story of a married woman and a ghost. The mind, a shape-shifter, takes the form of her husband, bonds with her. The song, Phir Raat Kati, comes towards the end and is beautifully recorded with Khan, Rani Mukerji and some puppets. It shows puppetry, which is something we don’t often see in movies these days.

6. Safar- Jab Harry With Sejal (2017)

Shah Rukh Khan

Jab Harry Met Sejal is one of Khan’s least memorable films, with one of his most underrated soundtracks. The film begins with the song Safar, which shows Khan, a tourist guide, in his solemn mode. Since the actor started working very early in his career, this film gave him the chance to do everything he couldn’t in real life, except for this song, which established Imtiaz Ali’s fetish for metaphors.

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