The talented actor, Ayushmann Khurrana, turns a year older today, and while he is known for his power-packed performances in films like Article 15 or Andhadhun, we cannot negate the soulful voice that he has rendered in several of his films. To celebrate his birthday and contribution to Indian cinema, Bazaar India brings you a list of actors who, like Khurrana, have proved their mettle in both acting as well as singing. Read on...
The birthday boy is a talented musician and singer who has sung soulful numbers like Nazm Nazm in Bareilly Ki Barfi and Kanha (Unplugged) in Shubh Mangal Savdhan and peppy numbers like Aapse Milkar in Andhadhun among many others. Everyone sat up and took note of the beautiful song Paani Da Rang that Ayushmann sung, wrote, and composed along with Rochak Kohli back in 2003 for his debut film Vicky Donor. Ever since, there has been no looking back for him, both as an actor and as a singer. From starting off his career as a radio jockey at BIG FM, to working in a bunch of MTV shows like MTV Fully Faltoo Movies,Cheque De India, and Jaadoo Ek Baar to finally coming into his own as a talented singer and actor, he has surely come a long way.
Shraddha Kapoor has an extremely melodious voice. The actress was praised for singing Galliyan (Unplugged) in Ek Villain and Sab Tera in Baaghi amongst many others. She undertook vocal training under singer Samantha Edwards for Rock On 2 where she played a shy singer and keyboard player, and sang a few songs like Tere Mere Dil, Woh Jahaan and Udja Re for the film.
Be it the absolutely heart-wrenching Sooha Saaha in Highway that she sang along with Zeb Bangash or the lovely Samjhawan (Unplugged) in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt sure knows how to croon. The Ikk Kudi Club Mix from Udta Punjab along with Diljit Dosanjh is absolutely stunning too. As a part of her new film Brahmastra Part One: Shiva promotions, Alia was seen singing its popular number Kesariya, both in Hindi as well as Telugu. Originally sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Pritam, Alia’s impromptu version of the melodious song went viral.
Parineeti Chopra is a trained classical singer. Any person who has ever fallen in love will take a trip down memory lane while listening to the beautiful number Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin from Meri Pyaari Bindu. The heartwarming song sung by Parineeti, composed by Sachin-Jigar and penned by Kausar Munir, will remind everyone of the love that they once had and lost. She also sang Teri Mitti in Kesari, Matlabi Yariyan (Unplugged) in The Girl On The Train, and Kuch Khaas from her cousin, Priyanka Chopra’s 2008 film Fashion, on the talent-based show Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan, where she is a judge.
Big B has a unique voice texture and only few can come close to his powerful baritone. From the hugely popular Rang Barse in Silsila to the soulful Ekla Cholo Re in Kahaani, and Chali Chali Phir in Baghban, he adds his magic to every song that he sings.
With lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar as his father, it isn't surprising to see Farhan Akhtar's musical chops. In the smash hit Rock On!!, where he played a rockstar, Farhan sang all the songs on his own. Be it Socha Hai, Pichle Saat Dinon Mein, Sinbad The Sailor, or the mesmerizing Tum Ho Toh, all the songs were much loved and appreciated by the audience. In 2019, he released his own independent music album named Echoes that had 11 singles, all penned by Farhan and produced by Grammy-winner Tommaso Colliva.
Bollywood's very own desi girl, Priyanka Chopra is trained in Western classical music. She started her singing career with the song Ullathai Killathe in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan followed by a number of songs like Chaoro, a lullaby in Mary Kom, and Baba in the Marathi film Ventilator. She also has three international singles In My City, Exotic anda cover of Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me. Exotic featured American rapper Pitbull and became hugely popular. It peaked on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs at No. 12, Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 16, and Canadian Hot 100 at No. 74.
Tara Sutaria is formally trained in western classical music and has been a professional singer since she was seven years old, having sung in operas and competitions since then. She was thrilled to finally have made her big singing debut with the song Shaamat in her last release Ek Villain Returns. She won hearts during the trailer launch of her debut film Student Of The Year 2 with her impromptu performance of the eternal classic Lag Jaa Gale on stage.