Top 12 Songs of Bollywood Handsome Vinod Khanna
Vinod Khanna passes away today leaving behind a legacy and it’s my humble tribute to one of the biggest stars of Bollywood in the 1970s. Quite active in the era of 1970s and early 1980s, he gave shapes to numerous characters on screen, and many include some popular songs as well. Majority of hit songs were sung by Kishore Kumar and a few by Rafi, Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar and a few more. Through this list, I would like to present 12 of his best Bollywood songs. Also read: Charming hero of 1970s.
1. Yeh To Zindagi Hai Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum – I would like to begin my list of Khanna songs with this inspiration song, which suits well with the situation. The song belongs to the movie Qaid released in the year 1975. Vinod Khanna was paired with Leena Chandavarkar for this film, and this solo featuring both was sung by Kishore Kumar. Music was composed by Nitin Mangesh and lyrics written by Maya Govind. The Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum phrase became so popular that it was later reused for a few Bollywood songs and also the movie one blockbuster hit starring Shah Rukh Khan. Interesting read: SRK movie titles derived from Bollywood film songs.
2. Ruk Jaana Nahi – Yet another inspirational song sung by Kishore Kumar for Vinod Khanna. This song belongs to the movie Imtihaan. All the songs of the movie were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and the music was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Songs are still popular.
3. Waada Karle Saajina – List of Vinod Khanna songs is incomplete without this popular duet sung by Rafi and Lata. The song belongs to the movie – Haat ki Safai and was extremely popular in the 1970s. The film too was declared a box office hit. The duet featured Simi Garewal aside Vinod Khanna. Music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics written by Anand Bakshi. Vinod Khanna won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Haath Ki Safai for this film; his single Filmfare award in acting category.
4. Koi Hote Jisko Apna – Yet another soulful solo melody by Kishore Kumar for Vinod Khanna. This song can never miss our list. The movie marked directorial debut of legendary cine filmmaker Gulzar who remade Bengali film of Tapan Sinha, Apanjan to Hindi. Songs too were penned by Gulzar, and Salil Choudhary composed music for the film.
5. Aaj Phir Tumpe Pyaar Aaya Hai – Definitely one of the bold songs pictured in the 1980s, when kissing onscreen was still taboo to Bollywood. Bollywood witnessed one of the hot smooches through this romantic song, belonging to the movie Dayavan. Madhuri Dixit was only a newcomer then, and years later she was paired with Vinod Khanna’s son Akshaye Khanna for another Bollywood film, Mohabbat. Music of Dayavan was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and lyrics penned by Aziz Qaisi. Chahe Meri Jaan Tu Le Le is yet another popular song belonging to the movie.
6. Dil To Hai Dil – The movie Muqaddar Ka Sikandar was a huge blockbuster, and all the songs composed by Kalyaniji-Anandji too were instant hits. Though this romantic solo sung by Lata Mangeshkar is best known as Rakhee song, Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna too shared screen space with her for the song. Vinod Khanna was also featured in many popular songs of the movie – Oh Saathi Re, Title Track (2 versions) and Pyar Zindagi Hai. Yet my pick is Dil To Hai Dil penned by Anjaan.
7. Qurbani Qurbani – This title track featuring Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan was a huge chartbuster of 1980. This qawwali also showed on reels the real friendship of both these lead actors. After the huge success of his role as Amar in Amar Akbar Antony, he used the same name for this movie as well and the film Qurbani was the biggest hit of the year. The movie also included trendsetting disco tracks featuring Zeenat Aman – Aap Jaisa Koi and Laila Mein Laila. Kalyanji Anandji composed the film’s music (except Biddu’s track – Aap Jaisa Koi). The song was written by the Urdu poet, Faruk Kaiser and rendered by Anwar, Kishore Kumar and Aziz Nazan.
8. Hum Tumhain Chahte Hain – This romantic track too belongs to the movie, Qurbani. Sung by Manhar Udhas, Anand Kumar C, Kanchan, its lyrics were penned by Indeevar. The song featured Zeenat Aman aside Vinod Khanna.
9. Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki – Definitely one of the best rain songs pictured in Bollywood, the song featured Juhi Chawla in a guest role, aside Vinod Khanna and Sri Devi. Also read: Top electrifying romantic songs of Bollywood. Yash Chopra’s romantic musical Chandini was a trendsetter movie in the late 1980s. Music was composed by Shiv-Hari and lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. The song is still known to be one of the career best songs of Suresh Wadkar.
10. Roz Shyaam Aati Thi – Imtihaan is regarded as one of the career-best movies of Vinod Khanna as a solo hero. Though it’s a romantic solo sung by Lata Mangeshkar for Tanuja, Vinod Khanna was also featured in this song. As this song is my personal favourite, I would like to include it here. Also read: Top 10 Lata Mangeshkar songs of my choice. Roz Shyaam Aati Thi was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and the music was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Read Top Songs featuring Tanuja.
11. Jab Koi Baat Bikad Jaye – After a break from Bollywood in the 1980s, he returned back to silver screen with a string of hits, and Jurm belongs to this genre. His screen chemistry with Meenakshi Sheshadri was well appreciated, the song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Sadhna Sargam. Originally a cover version of popular English song, 500 Miles of the early 1960s, its Hindi lyrics were provided by Indeevar. Music of Jurm was composed by Rajesh Roshan.
12. Anhoni Ko Honi Karde – I would like to conclude my list with this grand song which featured three great legends of Bollywood cinema, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. Shot in the climax scene in the blockbuster movie Amar Akbar Antony, this song became extremely popular. Laxmikant-Pyarelal won best music director trophy at Filmfare for its composition, and lyricist Anand Bakshi too won a trophy, though for another song – Parda Hai Parda. Vinod Khanna was also featured in the song, Hum Ko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar .
When Vinod Khanna leaves the world one more colourful chapter of the charming era of 1970s too gets vanished. Yet it’s not as easy for Khanna’s fans to forget his contributions to some of the biggest hits of Bollywood ever. My heart filled condolences.