Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam has come a long way! The young man who started out with doing M.Rafi’s remix versions, is now considered to be one of the most accomplished singers in Bollywood, today.

Sonu Nigam is not only a National Award winner, but he is also a winner of many Filmfare Awards, besides being nominated for many more. Some of his award worthy songs include the following songs:

Sandese Aate Hain

Sandese Aate Hain

Song: Sandese Aate Hain (With Roop Kumar Rathod)

  Film: Border 1997

Music: Anu Malik

 Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

This song is picturised on a whole galaxy of stars, as they express the emotions of the soldiers in the front, when they receive messages and letters from their loved ones. The song strikes a chord in every patriotic Indian’s heart.

 Tu Fiza Hain

Tu Fiza Hain

Song: Tu Fiza Hain  (with Alka Yagnik)

  Film: Fiza 2000

Music Directors: Anu Malik

Lyricist: Gulzar

This song is picturised on Karishma Kapoor and is an ode to the object of desire and love. Karishma looks gorgeous and desirable in this song.

 Panchhi Nadiyaan

Panchhi Nadiyaan

Song: Panchhi Nadiyaan (With Alka Yagnik)

  Film: Refugee 2000

Music Directors: Anu Malik

 Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

The debuting pair of Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor beautifully emote the emotions and feelings of this beautifully sung song.

 Suraj Hua Maddham

Suraj Hua Maddham

Song: Suraj Hua Maddham

  Film: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 2001

Music Director: Jatin – Lalit

Lyricist: Sameer, Anil Pandey

This is one of the most sensuous and romantic Bollywood songs, ever and the pairing of Shahrukh and Kajol raise it to a whole new level.

 Saathiya

Saathiya

Song: Saathiya

  Film: Saathiya 2002

Music Directors: A. R. Rahman

Lyricist: Gulzar

This song won Sonu Nigam the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2002. It is picturised on a dashing Vivek Oberoi as he goes through the joy of being in love with Rani Mukherjee’s character.

 Do Pal

Do Pal

Song: Do Pal (With Lata Mangeshkar)

  Film: Veer Zaara 2004

Music Director: Madan Mohan, Sanjeev Kohli

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

This romantic number sung by Sonu Nigam is picturised on Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta, who belong to two different countries, which have had a history of conflict between them. The song is full of longing and love as they separate at the station, to go their separate ways and countries.

Main Hoon Na

Main Hoon Na

 

Song: Main Hoon Na

  Film: Main Hoon Na 2004

Music Directors: Anu Malik

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

This song has a typical Bollywoodsque college setting with gaily dressed extras in the background in their hippest clothes. Shahrukh Khan sings it for his half-brother Zayed Khan, who is rebellious and is unaware of their connection. Sonu Nigam gives the song a fun feel, keeping it in tune with the young vibe and yet expressing the emotions of a dependable elder brother..

 Tumse Milke Dil Ka

Tumse Milke Dil Ka

Song: Tumse Milke Dil Ka ( with Aftab Sabri, Hasim Sabri)

  Film: Main Hoon Na 2004

Music Directors: Anu Malik

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

Sonu Nigam sings this quawalli with zest and modern ethos. The song is sung with the famous Sabri brothers. It is picturised on Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Sushmita Sen and Amrita Rao.

  Kal Ho Naa Ho

 Kal Ho Naa Ho

Song: Kal Ho Naa Ho

  Film: Kal Ho Naa Ho 2004

Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

This sweet-sad song sung with a sense of regret, provides enough pathos to express Shahrukh Khan’s feelings, as he faces his doom with dignity.

Sonu Nigam won both the National Award as well as the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for this song.

Dheere Jalna

Dheere Jalna

 

Song: Dheere Jalna (With Shreya Ghoshal)

  Film: Paheli 2005

Music Director: M M Kreem

Lyricist: Gulzar

Sonu Nigam has been the voice of Shahrukh in umpteen movies and this time too, he adds the classical element to this beautiful song, in the gorgeously shot movie dealing with a ghost.

 Piyu Bole

Piyu Bole

Song: Piyu Bole

  Film: Parineeta 2005

Music Directors: Shantanu Moitra

Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire

Sonu Nigam sings this Bengali inspired song with utmost sweetness and the song picturisation on debuting Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan was spot on.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Song: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

  Film: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna 2006

Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

The adulterous romantic liaison between Shahrukh Khan’s character and Rani Mukherjee’s character, who are both married to different people, and the trauma and longing suffered  and felt by the parties involved, comes out brilliantly  in this mature song.

 Main Agar Kahoon

Main Agar Kahoon

Song: Main Agar Kahoon

  Film: Om Shanti Om 2007

Music Directors: Vishal-Shekhar

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

This song from the blockbuster film that dealt with the topic of rebirth and love through the ages, is sung by Shahrukh Khan’s character, who is an ardent fan of Deepika Padukone’s character, an actress of the 60s and 70s and his attempts at wooing her with full on romantic gestures.

Shukran Allah

Shukran Allah

Song: Shukran Allah( (With Shreya Ghosal and Salim Merchant)

  Film: Kurbaan 2009

Music Directors: Salim – Sulaiman

Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi

This Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor film may not have set the screen on fire, but the music of this film is memorable and this Sufi based song sung by Sonu is good.

 Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin

Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin

Song: Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin

  Film: Agneepath 2012

Music Directors: Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale

Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Sonu sings this song with great feeling in the otherwise violence filled film. It is picturised on Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra.

Some other hugely popular songs of Sonu Nigam include:

Pal, Pal Har Pal

   Pal, Pal Har Pal

Song: Pal, Pal Har Pal ( With Shreya Ghoshal)

  Film: Lage Raho Munnabhai

Music Directors: Shantanu Moitra;

Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire

This song may be the Hindi version of British popstar Sir Cliff Richards famous “Theme for a dream” song, but yet, the song feels sunny and warm and everyone loved it.

 Tanhayee

Tanhayee

Song: Tanhayee

  Film: Dil Chahta Hai

Music Directors: Shankar – Ehsaan, Loy

Lyricist:  Javed Akhtar

The feeling of loneliness and desertion is beautifully brought out in this beautifully written song. Aamir Khan portrays his character with great subtlety and the song in the background provides enough colour to his state of mind.

 Zoobi Doobi

Zoobi Doobi

 

Song: Zoobi Doobi (with Shreya Ghoshal)

  Film: 3 Idiots

Music Director: Shantanu Moitra

Lyricist: Swanand Kirkere

This fun and yet romantic song with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor as they dance and jiggle to the zany song, is great fun and is sung with great energy.

Aal Izz Well

Aal Izz Well

Song: Aal Izz Well (With Shaan)

  Film:  3 Idiots

Music Director: Shantanu Moitra

Lyricist: Swanand Kirkere

This song became almost an anthem  for youngsters as well as the old.  The popularity of the song was reflected  in regular usage of the key words, even during ordinary conversations!

 Chhoti Chhoti  Raatein

Chhoti Chhoti  Raatein

Song: Chhoti Chhoti  Raatein ( with Anuradha Paudwal)

  Film: Tum Bin

Music Directors: Nikhil Vinay

Lyricist: Faaiz Anwar

This is a wedding based song in the otherwise little known cast film and is one of the gems in an album of great numbers. The song is picturised on relative newcomers Priyanshu Chatterji, Sandali Sinha and Himanshu Malik

 Rehna Hai Tere Dil

Rehna Hai Tere Dil

Song: Rehna Hai Tere Dil (With Kavita Krishnamurthy)

  Film: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein

Music Directors: Harris Jayaraj

Lyricist: Sameer

Though the film didn’t do too well on the wide screen, initially , it has now become a kind of cult movie. The movie has great songs, including this song, which is picturised on Madhavan and Dia Mirza.

 Halka Halka Sa Yeh

Halka Halka Sa Yeh

Song: Halka Halka Sa Yeh

  Film: Chocolate

Music Director : Pritam Chakraborty

Lyricist: – Mayur Puri

Sonu sings this cool and young song with great style, in keeping with the slickly shot film.

 Just Chill Chill

Just Chill Chill

 

Song: Just Chill Chill

  Film: Maine Pyaar Kiyun Kiya

Music Directors: Himesh Reshammiya

Lyricist: Sameer

This fun song with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif became a hit in the club circuit and soon everyone was grooving to this danceable song.

Inn Lamhon Ke

Inn Lamhon Ke

Song: Inn Lamhon Ke (With Madhushree)

  Film: Jodhaa Akbar

Music Director: A R Rahman

Lyricist: Javed Akhra

Hrithik Roshan as the Mughal emperor, Akbar and his Hindu wife Aishwarya Rai, as Jodhaa, give this passionate song enough depth and intensity to capture the screen with their emotions..

 Nagada Nagada

Nagada Nagada

Song: Nagada Nagada (With Javed Ali)

  Film: Jab We Met

Music Director – Pritam

Lyricist: Irshad Kamil

This Punjabi song sung with all the enthusiasm and vigour associated with a Punjabi number, was a huge hit with all. The song is picturised on Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.

 Aisa Lagta hai

Aisa Lagta hai

Song: Aisa Lagta hai (With Alka Yagnik)

  Film: Refugee

Music Directors: Anu Malik

Lyricist: Jayed Akhtar

This song picturised on Bollywood debutants Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor was evocative and the two  gave suitable expressions to this romantic number.

 You Are My Soniya

You Are My Soniya

Song: You Are My Soniya (With Alka Yagnik)

  Film: Kabhi Khushi Kabie Gham

Music Director: Sandesh Shandilya

Lyricist: Sameer

Kareena Kapoor was red hot in this dance number with Hrithik Roshan, and was a roaring hit with everyone.

 Achcha Sila Diya

Achcha Sila Diya

Song: Achcha Sila Diya

  Film: Bewafa Sanam

Music Directors:: Nikhil Vinay

Lyricist: Sadique, Shafir, Ishrat, Katil Shifai, Yogesh

This Gulshan Kumar directed film starred his brother Krishan Kumar. The film and song was a huge hit and appealed to all sections of the public and for some reason, the taxi drivers, in  particular.

 Jeene ke Hain Chaar Din

 Jeene ke Hain Chaar Din

Song: Jeene ke Hain Chaar Din (With Sunidhi Chauhan)

  Film: Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Music Directors: Anu Malik

Lyricist: Sameer

The song is picturised on the irrepressible Salman Khan and Sonu Nigam gave him the song in a voice which seemed to be Salman’s own!

 Yeh Dil Deewana

Yeh Dil Deewana

Song: Yeh Dil Deewana

  Film: Pardes

Music Director: Nadeem Shravan.

Lyricist: Anand Bakshi.

This song is picturised on Shahrukh Khan and is memorable because of not only Shahrukh himself, but also because of Sonu Nigam, who gave an unusual twist to the song.