Ilu Ilu was Manisha Koirala’s first chart busting number in films and was sung by Manhar Udhas, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Sukhwinder Singh for Manisha’s debut film Saudagar that was directed by Subhash Ghai and released in 1991. This was her introductory song in the film and movie goers were entranced by the porcelain complexioned Nepali beauty.
1942 – A Love Story was a film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra with India’s freedom struggle as the background. The movie that was released in 1994,was widely appreciated for its music, lyrics, amazing cinematography and the lovingly shot scenes of its heroine, Manisha Koirala. Manisha never looked as beautiful and innocent as she did in this film. This movie saw the resurgence of the once ubiquitous music composer R.D. Burman, who unfortunately, didn’t live to see the wide spread appreciation of his songs and music for the film. Some of the lyrical compositions include Pyar Hua Chupke Se song that was sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy. The gorgeous landscape was brilliantly brought out in this song along with a glowing Manisha dressed in a simple salwar kameez.
Pyar Hua Chupke Se
Rim Jhim Rim Jhim was another amazing song from the film 1942 – A Love Story ,which was sung By Kumar Sanu and Kavitha Krishnamurthi. The rain and the leading pair of Anil Kapoor and Manisha, were portrayed lyrically in this song by the director.
Rim Jhim Rim Jhim
Raja Ko Rani Se was sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik for the film Akele hum Akele Tum in 1995. The popular leading pair of the film; Manisha and Aamir Khan couldn’t ensure the success of this film. Though this song was copied from the popular English song ‘Speak Softly Love’ from the iconic Hollwood film The Godfather, it was hugely popular in India. The music composer of this film Anu Malik, liberally took the help of outside music sources for most of the songs in this movie.
Raja Ko Rani Se
The film Bombay was released in 1995 and was directed by Mani Ratnam in Tamil originally and was later dubbed in Hindi. A.R. Rahman made his presence felt nationwide with his music, while the direction and performances of the cast ensured the success of the film. Among the many great songs from this movie, Kehna Hi Kya song was sung by Chitra and was picturised on Manisha Koirala so beautifully that the song was a visual as well as audio delight.
Kehna Hi Kya
Kuchi Kuchi Rakma was another song from the film Bombay and was sung by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamoorthy , G.V.Prakash and Sharda. The mischievous nature of the song and its sheer light heartedness was appreciated by all.
Kuchi Kuchi Rakma
Tu Mile Dil Khile was sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik for the Mahesh Bhatt directed film Criminal that was released in 1995. The song was picturised on South Indian superstar Nagarjuna and Manisha Koirala. South Indian music composer M.M. Keeravani is justifiably proud of this song.
Tu Mile Dil Khile
The film Khamoshi: The Musical was the directorial debut of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Manisha Koirala received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for this film that was released in 1996. Jatin-Lait scored some amazingly beautiful music for this film. Some of Manisha’s songs include the very romantic Bahon Ke Darmiyan song sung by Hariharan and Alka Yagnik and picturised on hunky Salman Khan in his soft romantic avatar and Manisha Koirala.
Bahon Ke Darmiyan
Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai was another song from the film Khamoshi: The Musical and was poignantly sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy. The song touchingly showed Manisha singing a song using sign language for her deaf and mute parents. The song still brings a lump in people’s throats when they hear or watch this song.
Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai
Aaj Main Upar Aasmaan Neeche was another gem from the film Khamoshi: The Musical and was sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Manisha looked adorable as she sang this joyful song in a silent house, wearing her night pyjamas, with a Salman Khan dodging behind her.