Farah Khan, one of Bollywood’s popular choreographer and director, turns 51 today. In her 25-year-long illustrious career, she has choreographed some of the best songs ever made. Since her debut in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Farah has come a long way.
On her birthday, here’s a look at 10 best songs directed by the National Award winning choreographer. I bet you would want to go back and watch these songs on the internet again and again.
Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se): This, according to me, is the best song ever directed by her. Filming a song on the top of a running train is not easy, especially in a hilly terrain. But the manner in which she pulled it off—the sheer Filmfare Award-winning choreography brilliance—would make your heart wanting to play it in a loop. The killer duo of Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan tapping to the feet in this AR Rahman composition just adds to the beauty that this song encompasses.
Ek Pal Ka Jeena (Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai): Very few actors in Bollywood have been able to make a dream debut like Hrithik Roshan. Son of actor-director Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik shot to fame in his debut film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai in 1999, and earned accolades for his dancing prowess. But who was the person behind his moves on the dance floor? None other than Farah. The song Ek Pal Ka Jeena became a rage and his signature move in years to come. The song earned Farah the third Filmfare Award of her career.
Hips Don’t Lie: Farah Khan added another feather to her cap when she trained Colombian pop star Shakira for the song Hips Don’t Lie at the MTV Music Awards in 2006. Well, I won’t say much about the song, watch it yourself!
Le Gayi Le Gayi (Dil To Pagal Hai): Yash Chopra, known for brilliantly portraying love in his films, made Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997. Featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor, the blockbuster also earned a lot of popularity for its chartbusters. Sung by veteran Asha Bhosle and Udit Narayan, the number still makes us go crazy.
Maahi Ve (Kal Ho Naa Ho): Whenever SRK teamed up with Farah, it proved to be a spectacular combo. The 2003 Nikhil Advani film is remembered as one of King Khan’s best performances till date. A special aspect of the film was its melodious tracks which became insanely popular among the masses. If It’s the Time to Disco became a hit number at clubs, this engagement song from the film featuring SRK, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta was a blockbuster.
Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan): This is one film Farah Khan would like to forget as a director in her career. The 2010 film tanked at the box office despite featuring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Had it not been for the Sheila Ki Jawani, the results would’ve been worse. Choreographed by Farah, Katrina’s seductive steps sparked adrenaline rush and got many a heart racing.
Munni Badnaam Hui (Dabangg): When it comes to setting the box office on fire, there is only one name that comes to our mind. Salman Khan. When the 51-year-old superstar donned the cop’s attire and enthralled the audience with his dance moves on Munni Badnaam Hui, we enjoyed it to the core. The 2010 Eid release became a blockbuster, and the Munni song—an icing on the cake.
Fevicol Se (Dabangg 2): After the stupendous success of Dabangg, Salman and Farah teamed up again for its sequel two years later. This time, it was Kareena Kapoor Khan who left us swooning with her dance moves on the song Fevicol Se along with Salman. The film was a runaway success, and the song was no less popular.
Idhar Chala (Koi Mil Gaya): After a series of successive flops, Hrithik bounced back with 2003 flick Koi Mil Gaya. The science-fiction film helmed by his father Rakesh Roshan set the box office on fire. Besides a brilliant plot, it had amazing songs as well. Hrithik treated us with his dancing prowess with Idhar Chala which became very popular. Farah received a National Award for her choreography in the film.
Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani): The Ayan Mukerji film YJHD was also popular for its melodious soundtrack which became a rage among the youths. But it was Badtameez Dil featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Kalki Koechlin which stood out in the film. Farah once again earned accolades with the brilliant dance moves.