Bollywood's Got Talent: These actors can give singers a run for their money
Shraddha made her singing debut with the unplugged version of the song 'Galliyan' in 'Ek Villain' (2014). She also lent her voice for the Kashmiri folk song 'Do Jahaan' in 'Haider' (2014).
The young actress has performed playback singing for the song 'Sooha Saaha' in 'Highway' (2014) along with Pakistani singer Zeb Bangash. She also sang the unplugged version of the soulful track 'Samjhawan' in 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' (2014).
Even before Priyanka Chopra recorded her first song 'Ullathai Killadhe' for Tamil film 'Thamizhan' (2002), she had showcased her singing talent early in her pageantry career. Her first song as a playback singer in Bollywood was 'Chaoro' from 'Mary Kom' (2014). The dusky beauty has conquered American music charts too with her first single 'In My City' (2012), featuring rapper will.i.am. In April 2013, Priyanka released her second single 'Exotic' featuring rapper Pitbull, while her third single, a cover of Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me' was released on April 22, 2014. Pic/Santa Banta
Kareena has lent her voice to the soulful song 'Jab Nahi Aaye The Tum' in the film 2004 film 'Dev' directed by Govind Nihalani and starring Fardeen Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.
Salman Khan has six playback singing credits to his name as on January 2015 - 'Kick' (2014), 'Bodyguard' (2011), 'Dabangg' (2009), 'Wanted' (2009), 'Yuvvraaj' (2008) and 'Hello Brother' (1999). His songs 'Chaandi Ki Daal' from 'Hello Brother' and 'Hangover' from 'Kick' have especially been loved by his fans.
Did you know Shruti Haasan lent her voice for the first time at the age of six for her father Kamal Haasan's Tamil film 'Thevar Magan' in 1992? She made her Hindi singing debut five years later with 'Chachi 420' in 1997, where she sang a duet with her father. Her singing credits include films like 'Hey Ram' (2000), 'Luck' (2009), 'Hisss' (2010) and 'Tevar' (2015). Shruti, who will be seen in 'Main Gabbar' and 'Welcome Back' in 2015, has learnt music at the Musicians Institute in California and is the vocalist of her alternative rock band 'The Extramentals'.
In his Bollywood debut 'Vicky Donor' (2012), Ayushmann was not only praised for his acting prowess, but also for his singing talent. He sang 'Pani Da Rang' composed by him and Rochak Kohli. He went on to receive many awards for his performance in the film, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
In 2008, Farhan made his acting and singing debut with 'Rock On!!' where he crooned to hit numbers like 'Sinbad The Sailor' and 'Meri Laundry Ka Ek Bill'. He also lent his voice to 'Senorita' for 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' (2011) along with his co-stars Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol. Apart from acting in his sister Zoya's upcoming film 'Dil Dhadakne Do', buzz is that Farhan has also recorded a song for the film. It is interesting to note that in all the three instances, Farhan has collaborated with music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Akshay Kumar can act, throw mean punches and sing too. He crooned for a romantic number 'Mujh Mein Tu' in 'Special 26' (2013). While he has also lent his voice for tracks in 'Singh Is Kinng' (2008) and 'Chandni Chowk To China' (2009), this was Akshay's first full-fledged number. He has also sung and recorded a song live for 'Entertainment' (2014).
The King Khan has occasionally done playback singing for his films. In 'Josh' (2000), he sang the popular song 'Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila'. SRK also sang in 'Don' (2006) and 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' (2012).
Aamir hit the right notes when he asked Rani Mukerji 'Aati Kya Khandala' in 'Ghulam' (1998). The song became hugely popular for its conversational undertone and whacky lyrics. The perfectionist has also crooned a few lines for 'Lalkaar' from 'Rang De Bansanti' (2006) and 'Bum Bum Bole' from 'Taare Zameen Par' (2007).
Known for his rich baritone voice, it isn't surprising that Amitabh Bachchan has several singing credits to his name. The title track of 1976 film 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Rang Barse' from 'Silsila' (1981), 'My Name is Anthony Gonsalves' from 'Amar Akbar Anthony' (1979), 'Main Yahan Tu Wahan' from 'Baghban' (2003) and 'Ekla Cholo Re' from 'Kahaani' (2012) are some of his most memorable songs.
Abhishek rapped the groovy number 'Right Here Right Now' in Rohan Sippy's 'Bluffmaster' (2005). He also mouthed a few lines for the title track of 'Bol Bachchan' (2012) along with Ajay Devgn and father Amitabh Bachchan.
Sanjay Dutt has 15 playback singing credits to his name, with 'Aye Shivani' from 'Khoobsurat' (1999) and the fun-filled Munnabhai track being the most popular
Not only did Madhuri dance to the tunes of 'Kaahe Chhed Mohe' in Devdas (2002), but she also sang a few lines.