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This year marks Aamir Khan’s 51st birthday, and as per the norm in Bollywood, age means very little for our favorite heroes. With a career spanning over 30 years now, Khan is one of India’s best and brightest film stars—known as much for his work onscreen as his work offscreen. With more than three decades in the Hindi film industry, Khan’s body of work has been vast and diverse, ranging from his early romantic movies to his more recent films with a social cause.
To help you celebrate Khan’s birthday, here are some of his greatest songs that have been picked from movies as varying as his earliest hit movie “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” to his most recent blockbuster, “PK.”
1. “Aye Mere Humsafar” from “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”
This 1988 film starring Khan alongside Juhi Chawla was the actor’s first commercial and critical success, and this classic tune is just one of many awesome songs from “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.”
2. “Mujhe Neend Na Aaye” from “Dil”
Madhuri Dixit co-starred with Khan in the 1990 romantic drama, “Dil.” The typical love story with the usual suspects of scheming families getting in the way of true pyaar.
3. “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin” from “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin”
Based on the Hollywood film “It Happened One Night” starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, this 1991 movie featured Pooja Bhatt with Khan in a great romantic dramedy—one of my all time favorite Bollywood movies!
4. “Pehla Nasha” from “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander”
The 1993 flick, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander” starred Khan and Ayesha Jhulka along with a large ensemble cast. The film is most memorable for its sweet love ballad “Pehla Nasha.”
5. “Mujhse Mohabbat Ka” from “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke”
Together again, Chawla and Khan are great in this 1993 dramedy that features a love story between Chawla’s Vyjayanti and Khan’s Rahul alongside the family drama that ensues with Rahul taking guardianship of his deceased sister’s children. “Mujhse Mohabbat Ka”—like “Pehla Nasha” and “Aye Mere Humsafar”—is known as one of the most iconic love songs of the 1990s.
6. “Pardesi Pardesi” from “Raja Hindustani”
This 1996 movie starred Khan as taxi driver Raja Hindustani who falls in love with the very rich Aarti Sehgal (played by Karishma Kapoor). “Raja Hindustani” was a huge hit and had plenty of great songs, and “Pardesi Pardesi” is an 11-minute (yes, that long) ballad featuring a heartbroken Raja as Aarti prepares to leave him.
7. “Is Deewane Ladke Ko” from “Sarfarosh”
Sonali Bendre and Naseeruddin Shah teamed up with Khan for this 1999 action drama set against the backdrop of an Indian police officer in his fight against cross-border terrorism.
8. “Mitwa” from “Lagaan”
Aamir Khan’s “Lagaan” is possibly the most well-known Bollywood film to those otherwise not very well-versed with the Hindi film industry. “Lagaan” was only the third Indian movie to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Despite not winning this coveted honor, this historical drama still took moviegoers across the world by storm in 2001 and remains one of Khan’s most successful films to date.
9. “Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe” from “Dil Chahta Hai”
This 2001 dramedy featured Khan alongside Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan as lifelong friends. The film chronicles the ups and downs of their relationship over several years. Moderately successful at the time of its release, ‘Dil Chahta Hai” has since gone on to become a cult classic for Hindi cinephiles.
10. “Subhanallah” from “Fanaa”
This super upbeat track from the 2006 film “Fanaa” with Khan and Kajol stands in stark contrast to the overall dark overtones of this sad action drama set against the backdrop of Kashmir and an associated terrorist insurgency.
11. “Kaise Mujhe” from “Ghajini”
“Ghajni” was the Hindi film industry’s spin on the Christopher Nolan film “Memento.” “Ghajini” featured Khan as a man who suffers anterograde amnesia after a tragic accident where his true love (Asin’s Kalpana) was also murdered. He spends the entire movie trying to solve the mystery of her murder with the help of a medical student played by the now deceased Jiah Khan. The movie was a mega box office hit in 2008 and this poignant love song is unforgettable.
12. “Aal Izz Well” from “3 Idiots”
Adding to his repertoire of coming-of-age comedies after “Dil Chahta Hai,” Khan starred in this very well-received 2009 Rajkumar Hirani film with an ensemble cast that included Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, and Boman Irani. “3 Idiots” touched a cord with youngsters everywhere who all struggle to find themselves while following the rules of their parents and the dealing with the pressures of college.
13 “Jee Le Zara” from “Talaash: The Answer Lies Within”
A little off the beaten path, “Talaash” is a 2012 psychological thriller with Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Kareena Kapoor-Khan in leading roles. The movie focuses on Inspector Surjan Shekhawat—played by Khan—as he attempt to solve the case of a mysterious celebrity death. While solving the case the story also delves into the inspector’s own grief after the loss of his son in a tragic drowning accident.
14. “Malang” from “Dhoom:3”
Not sure how many of us thought we would ever see Khan in the “Dhoom” franchise, but there is always a first for everything. This 2013 movie was not one of my favorites, but Khan acted beautifully. The songs “Malang” and “Kamli” were both stand-out songs from the soundtrack and feature Khan dancing alongside Katrina Kaif.
15. “Love is a Waste of Time” from “PK”
Rajkumar Hirani and Khan paired up again for this mega blockbuster hit in 2014 which also stars Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput. A wonderful satire that constantly questions all organized religions, “PK” is not to be missed even if this annoyingly catchy song drives you a little crazy.