Throwback: 9 popular faces of Indie pop who once made us swoon

The genre which gave us singers like Shaan, Falguni Pathak, Alisha Chenoy, Mohit Chauhan, Neeraj Shridhar, Palash Sen also gave us faces like Lisa Ray, Vidya Balan, Ayesha Takia, and more.

Indie pop, which was once as popular as mainstream Bollywood songs and may be even more, may be dead in India but it can never fail to make the millennials feel nostalgic and make us feel proud. The genre which gave us singers like Shaan, Falguni Pathak, Alisha Chenoy, Mohit Chauhan, KK, Neeraj Shridhar, Palash Sen also gave us popular faces like Vidya Balan, Milind Soman, Ayesha Takia, Shahid Kapoor, Mahi Vij, Vivaan Bhatena but some others faded into oblivion. This article is a throwback about those wonderful faces who once made us swoon over them and shot to fame with that one music video.

Some of them went on to establish themselves in the showbiz industry, some stayed for while and worked in TV shows and movies, but some others just disappeared without a hint.

1. Shefali Zariwala in Kaanta Laga

Shefali Zariwala shot to instant fame in 2002 with DJ Doll’s Kaanta Laga Remix and became popular as the ‘Kaanta Laga Girl’. Shefali went on do a few more albums after that, she also appeared in Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra’ s Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and most recently appeared in Nach Baliye 7 (2015) with her partner, Parag Tyagi.

Another reason for her rising to instant fame was her bold move displaying her thong in the song and it is said that she became famous as a ‘thong girl’.

Check out the song here:

2. Kamna Jethmalani in Chhod Do Aanchal

Kamna Jethmalani was seen in Bombay Vikings song, Chhod Do Anchal (2004). The song became a superhit. Although Kamna did not get any break in the Bollywood, she was noticed by the South Indian film industry and has done quite a few films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

3. Mahhi Vij in Tu Tu Hai Wahi

Now a popular television actress, Mahhi Vij featured in DJ Aqeel’s foot-tapping remix Tu Tu Hai Wahi in 2002. She got noticed by the television industry and landed quite a few roles in popular shows. Mahhi married actor Jay Bhanushali and also won Nach Baliye 5 in 2012.


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4. Nandini Singh in Dekha Hai in Teri Aankhon Ko 

Nandini Singh appeared in the Indie pop band, Aryans’ song Dekha Hai Teri Ankhon Ko in 2002. And not just in the video, she made several heads turn in the audience too because of her cute looks. She did get noticed by the film industry and was paired opposite Govinda in Ek Aur Ek Gyarah. She managed to grab roles in the television industry as well.

Watch the video:

5. Helen Brodie in Janam Samjha Karo 

There will be a few who don’t remember Helen Brodie, because the song in which she featured had heartthrob Milind Soman as well. Helen Brodie appeared in Leslie Lewis and Asha Bhonsle’s beautiful romantic number, Jaanam Samjha Karo. Prior to that, she featured in Rani Mukherjee and Govinds’s Haddh Kardi Aapne.

6. Ayesha Takia in Meri Chunar Ud Ud Jaye

We all know Ayesha Takia as the adorable Complan girl, who later went on to essay some memorable roles like that of Aditi in Socha Na Tha (2004) and Meera in Dor (2006). But before all these, Ayesha Takia featured in Falguni Pathak’s Meri Chunar Ud Ud Jaye (2000) which went on to become a favourite with the youngsters.

7. Naveeda Mehdi  in Dil Kya Kare 

Shaan’s melodious remix Dil Kya Kare (2002) had a dreamy quality about it and an equally dreamy female lead, which was Indian model, Naveeda Mehdi.

8. Michelle Innes in Dhoom Pichak Dhoom 

The video shot on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras) gave India a beautiful face, model, Michelle Innes. The song by Euphoria (2001) went on to become a hit with the masses with its catchy phrase Dhoom Pichak Dhoom but Michelle Innes went back to modelling.

Refresh your memories with the song:

Michelle also featured in Sonu Nigam’s Iss Kadar Pyar Hai Tumse with Milind Soman in 1999. Can’t recall? We have it for you:

9. Lisa Ray in Aafreen Aafreen 

Model and actress Lisa Ray made ripples in the industry with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s video song, Aafreen Aafreen way back in 1996. Although she got offered many roles but she made her Bollywood debut opposite Aftab Shivdasani in Kasoor (2001).

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