Remember when Rani Mukerji left us smitten for the first time on silver screen, strutting her way into St. Xavier’s College in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (plus into our hearts) with her effortless charms and oh-that-jaw-dropping twirl and hair flip? Well, the 90’s kids can easily vouch that Rani is aging like wine since then and as the diva celebrates her 42nd birthday on Saturday, we can’t help but gush over all the romantic numbers of hers that continue to redefine love over the years with a breath of fresh air. Also Read - 'Let's Retire Gracefully Together' - Shoaib Malik Hits Back at Ramiz Raja For Retirement Remark
Though Rani Mukerji’s first Hindi cinema was the 1997 released movie ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’, it was Karan Johar-directorial ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ that gave her a breakthrough in the Hindi film industry. Her style in the film was loved by many. In fact it became a trend during those days among college girls since both her Indian and western avatars in the film won over fans and critics alike.Ever since then, there has been no stopping Rani as she experimented with her roles and looks from time to time, be it that of a con-woman in ‘Bunty Aur Babli‘ or the moustache look in ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’. Also Read - Operation SHIELD: Delhi Govt’s New Plan to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic | All You Need to Know
While we love almost all the songs that the Bollywood queen featured in, here’s looking at our favourite TOP 10 romantic tracks of Rani: Also Read - Shouldn't Even Talk About Integrity in Pakistan Cricket: Salman Butt Fumes After Life Ban Suggestion
- Aankhon Se Tune Kya Keh Diya
The minute we speak of the Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerjee starrer ‘Ghulam’, the one thing that comes to our mind is the song Aankhon Se Tune Kya Keh Diya due to which Rani grabbed millions of eyeballs. In fact her style in the film was talk of the town then.
2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
There is no Bollywood buff and hopeless romantic alive who doesn’t go back to the title track of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The lovely slow ballad sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik expressed how love can overwhelm an individual when they least expect it and featured Rani, Kajol and SRK.
3. Jaane Dil Mein
This track is from Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) in which Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan also played the lead roles. The love triangle story did work well for the actress and the song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Sonu Nigam was a mushy hit among fans.
4. Chupke Se
Talking of romantic numbers, one can never miss out on Rani’s sultry performance in the song Chupke Se from the movie Saathiya (2002). Sung by A.R. Rahman, Qadir Khan, Sadhana Sargam and Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, the beautiful melody featured Rani opposite Vivek Oberoi.
5. Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishare
Giving us another sultry song to swoon over, Rani’s Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishare from the movie Chalte Chalte (2003) is a favourite of every lovebird. Sung by Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet Bhattacharya, the song featured Rani opposite King of Romance, Shahrukh Khan.
6. Kabhi Neem Neem
Defining love that is not all things sugary and nice but also spice, Kabhi Neem Neem song from the movie Yuva (2004) featured Rani opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The song was sung by AR Rahman and Madhushree.
7. Hum Tum
‘Jab bhi hum milte hain, bin mausam barsaat zaroor hoti hai‘ (Whenever we meet, there is always an unseasonal downpour) and setting the mood for all the hopeless romantics out there, the title track from the movie Hum Tum (2004) will continue to rule our romantic playlist for long. Sung by Alka Yagnik, the song featured Rani and Saif Ali Khan.
8. Chup Chup Ke
The crime-comedy movie ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ starring Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji was a major success for the actress. She played the role of a con woman in the film. The colourful collar styled salwar kameez (Rani’s style) is still remembered when the fans speak of this film and so it the song, Chup Chup Ke sung by Sonu Nigam.
9. Tumhi Dekho Naa
Among the too many notions of love, the truest one is that which changes us for good and remarking on this attribute of love, Tumhi Dekho Naa song from the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) is still played on loop. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, the soft melody featured Rani romancing Shahrukh.
10. Hey Shona
While this is no song that we should be wrapping up our list with, it would be cruel to leave this one out. Sung by Shaan and Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hey Shona from the movie Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) featured Rani in a super hot avatar opposite Saif Ali Khan.
On that note, here’s wishing our favourite, a successful and ‘Mardaani’ career ahead!