Rajesh Khanna, India’s original Superstar once famously said in an interview, “People will sing my songs when I am long gone.” Almost like a prophecy, one could say. For the music from his movies is truly timeless.
Rajesh Khanna’s catapult to Superstardom is stuff that dreams are made of. To say that he had a fan following would be an understatement. What Rajesh Khanna had was fan hysteria! From lipstick marks on his car to girls marrying his photographs to him getting mobbed whenever he made a public appearance – Rajesh Khanna was a Legend. Between 1969 and 1974, he delivered blockbuster hits like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Anand, Safar, Kati Patang, Daag, Aan Milo Sajna, Haathi Mere Saathi, Aap Ki Kasam among others. And it was not just Rajesh Khanna’s good looks and infectious smile that his female fans would swoon over, it was also the music of his movies that gained huge popularity for the star. Most of these magical numbers are attributed to the famous musical trio of Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, and Rajesh Khanna. And besides composers like SD Burman, Kalyanji Anand Ji, and Laxmikant Pyarelal also contributed to his musical corpus.
Best of Rajesh Khanna Songs
Rajesh Khanna’s mega stardom may have been short lived till the early 70’s, but his hit songs continued to enthrall his fans and music lovers for years to come. In fact, a note on Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary would be incomplete without mentioning his memorable songs. And if you’re a diehard fan of the original Superstar – this special Rajesh Khanna Playlist could just be your thing:
1) MERE SAPNO KI RANI (Aradhana – 1969)
This song rose to instant popularity thanks to its playful tone and picturization! Sharmila Tagore sitting coyly in a train and Rajesh Khanna riding in his open jeep alongside! Legendary trivia suggests that the portions of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore were shot separately as she couldn’t make it to Darjeeling for the shoot! And course, Kishore Kumar’s voice lending to the whole medley.
2) ROOP TERA MASTANA (Aradhana – 1969)
Bold for its time, this legendary song depicted a night of passion between Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Picturised around a bonfire, this song made Bollywood history as the first song to be shot in a single take!
3) WOH SHAAM KUCH AJEEB THI (Khamoshi – 1969)
The melancholic vibe of this song seldom fails to tug at your heartstrings. The picturization in black and white, the aching chemistry between Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna and of course Kishore Kumar’s soulful voice – all combined to make it timeless.
4) YEH SHAAM MASTANI (Kati Patang -1970)
Romance at its ultimate best! Brought to the movie buffs by the musical trio – Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, and Rajesh Khanna!
5) YEH JOH MOHABBAT HAIN (Kati Patang – 1970)
Rajesh Khanna getting philosophical about love in this song – set many hearts racing.
6) ZINDAGI KA SAFAR (Safar -1970)
The philosophical notes of this song are actually life lessons if you listen to the lyrics! Another one from the famous duo of Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar.
7) Kahin Door Jab Din (Anand – 1971)
Arguably one of Rajesh Khanna’s most memorable songs, Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye was a departure for Rajesh Khanna in the sense that it was voiced by another legendary singer, Mukesh and not Kishore Kumar.
8) CHALA JATA HOON (Mere Jeevan Saathi – 1972)
With Rajesh Khanna out on a drive in his canary convertible, Chala Jata Hoon makes for a perfect travel song. It’s energy and fun all the way!
9) CHINGARI KOI BHADKE (Amar Prem -1972)
This romantic ballad from the movie whose name means Eternal Love is yet again a timeless piece from the trio of RD Burman, Kishore Kumar, and Rajesh Khanna! And of course with his favorite leading lady, Sharmila Tagore by his side.
10) KUCH TOH LOG KAHENGE (Amar Prem – 1972)
A song that became famous for calling out to societal hypocrisy towards relationships that had no definition.
11) KARWATE BADALTE RAHEIN (Aap Ki Kasam -1974)
After Sharmila Tagore, if there was another leading lady who made a winning combination with Rajesh Khanna – it was Mumtaz. Add to that, the music of Aap Ki Kasam was a humongous hit! The white mountain climes in Karwate Badalte Rahein just add to the sheer magic of the song!
12) JAI JAI SHIV SHANKAR (Aap Ki Kasam – 1974)
This song is famous for its mischievous vibe. Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz are seemingly intoxicated with bhaang & totally living it up in the madness of the moment.
13) ZINDAGI KE SAFAR MEIN (Aap Ki Kasam – 1974)
Arguably the one song every Bollywood music buff returns to whenever they are missing those special moments and people in their life. A clear tear jerker – the lyrics of this song are also life lessons in their own right and perhaps the perfect one to end this Rajesh Khanna Song playlist with…
Which was your Favourite? Let us know in the comments below.