Happy Birthday Aish! My 12 Favorite Songs

Aish is not my favorite actress ever, or my favorite public persona person.  But on her birthday, I am going to follow a “if you can’t say anything nice…” policy, and just focus on her dancing, which is incredible.  She shows both Bharat Natyam training, and a really good ability to sell a dance onscreen.  So here are my 12 favorite Aish dances. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

Counting down least to most favorite dance:

12.  Aish looks gorgeous, the guy looks pudgy, but isn’t the song so so pretty?

11. I don’t even know why I like this song, but isn’t it endearing?  Maybe it’s just how happy Anil Kapoor looks.

10.  Aish being beautiful, sexy coke bottle tricks, and Shahid Kapoor as a back-up dancer!  What could be better!  Okay, the film as a whole could be better, but this song is gorgeous.

9. There’s going to be another song from this movie in a little bit, but I have to do both, because the eye-line matches in this is just so cool!

8. This isn’t just about Aish, I love the way Hrithik plays this scene as well.  And it’s so so pretty!

7. A recent discovery for me, way back when she was just starting out, and unbelievably beautiful onscreen!

6. I told you I would be back to this one!  Pretty song, pretty visuals, Budapest has never looked better!

5. I’m a wee bit embarrassed to include this one,especially so high on the list, but it’s one of my guilty pleasures.  Just so dopey and happy!

4. Top 4!  This is tricky, the are all amazing.  I guess I’ll start with this one.

3. Another pretty pretty Rahman song!  Pretty pretty!

2. And now, sexy sexy!  And new!  A perfect use of modern Aish.

1.1. And finally, my top favorite!  Even though it is a little creepy and incestous!  I don’t care, I love it!

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25 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Aish! My 12 Favorite Songs

  1. Interesting choices…leaving out some of my favs;) Crazy Kiya Re from Dhoom 2, Udi from Guzaarish, and Kalvare from Raavanan (with Prithviraj). I do so love the Jodha Akbar songs and Bulleya is one of my top songs of 2016.

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    • Maybe next year I will expand to two dozen of her best songs. She has so many good ones, you could easily come up with 24 that are worth sharing.

      On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 8:18 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. They’re playing Ash’s songs on TV right now.As I may have commented before,Ash does have the ability to convincingly play a character years younger than her actual age.In Lamhon ke damaan she does make us believe that she’s a teenager about to have sex for the first time in her life.The shyness,darting glances and awkwardness all comes across.Dola re deserves a honorable mention because I don’t know many who can match steps with Madhuri.

    For an excellent Ash impression in Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam do watch Sng Comedy’s video on couple’s therapy.Ajay is taking Ash to to get therapy since she still can’t decide between him and Salman.Start from 0:57.

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    • One of my favorite roles for her was in Jeans. Where her character is supposed to be naive and innocent to an unbelievable degree, and yet Aish manages to pull it off. Similar roles in Taal and HDDCS worked really well for her too.

      On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 8:44 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Oh Jeans.The Bharatnatyam dancing skeleton alone was worth the ticket price.That scene still leaves me in splits every time I watch it on TV.

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    • Love this video 😀
      My personal choice equally would have included Dola Re.
      I was genuinely surprised when I got to know that she had debuted in a Mani Ratman movie and done quite a lot of Tamil movies.
      Number 4 = What a travelling for one song! I read that the part with the Eiffel Tower was at the time, Diana had died in that accident.
      Ishq Bina makes me wanting to watch Taal…the subject and Anil + Akshaye in one movie…

      Thanks for the input, Margaret 🙂

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      • Warning, Taal is really not that great of a film. Well, it’s a great example of a particular kind of film. Very very romantic and over the top and illogical, with crazy performances and plot twists. But the soundtrack is STUNNING.

        On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • It may be strange but I cannot fully enjoy a soundtrack if I haven’t the visual impression and my feelings which went with the music. I read the plot of Taal and probably will give it a try. In any way thanks for the ‘warning’ 🙂

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  3. My favorite Ash performance was Kandukondain Kandukondain. She suited the role to a T. There was so much of grace and beauty in that movie and in her performance as well. I think Rajiv Menon used her really well. He got Tabu to do the heavy lifting, and Aishwarya to support well. And Kannamoochi is my favorite song!!

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    • Good choice! I love that film as well, and Aish was perfect casting for the romantic beautiful Miriam role. And, being a bit petty, it didn’t hurt that her dialogue was dubbed.

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      • Yes, her dubbing was really good in the movie! (And also Tabu’s – it was done by actress Revathy of Mounaragam, Kilukkam so no wonder).
        In fact, I’ve always found Ash’s Hindi dubbing to be a weak spot. Adds to the artificiality. She doesn’t modulate her voice well enough, but like you said this is a birthday post, so will not add more 🙂
        On a side note, I can’t believe Rajiv Menon hasn’t made another movie 😦

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  4. Would you be interested in writing a post about the top leading ladies in Hindi films? I’ve been so focused on the men that I realized I haven’t gotten into films with women leads. I also realized there are relatively few of those compared to films with men, which is a bit perturbing. Anyway, I have Queen, Tanu Weds Manu and Jab We Met queued up (well, as soon as I plow through Lagaan, which finally arrived, yay).

    Also, did you see Kangana’s Bollywood Diva song? It’s soooo funny. I had no idea who she was when I first saw it and now that I know more it’s even funnier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=a9ggjCbv5ck

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    • First, let me introduce you to this post, which goes into detail as to why heroines are totally different from heroes in Indian film:

      https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2017/04/18/hindi-film-101-woman-filmmakers-why-so-few/

      Truly, there just are not actresses in the same way there are actors. The films are not built around them. Some of the great actresses working today are Rani Mukherjee, Kangana Ranaut (although she is in the middle of the most INSANE personal scandal, so her career is a bit dodgy), Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan. Some of the slightly older actresses to look into are Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, and Juhi Chawla (they ruled the 90s). And in classic film, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Nargis, Waheeda Rahman, all brilliant.

      Queen and Tanu Weds Manu are great, you should also check out Kahaani, Piku, No One Killed Jessica, Aiyyaa, Dedh Ishqiya, English/Vinglish. Lajja is pretty depressing, but it has an amazing female lead cast. And if you go back to the really classic era, there are a lot more options. But that’s black and white and stuff, not sure if you are ready for that yet 🙂 If you want something just slightly older, Sridevi’s two films from the 80s, Chandni and Lamhe both definitely have her as the “hero”. Still in a traditional female role in a traditional love story, but she is the driving force. Oh! And a totally silly fun one, Dil Bole Hadippa is a remake of 12th Night by way of She’s the Man. So, our heroine dresses up as a boy to join a Cricket team.

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      • Just read your post on women in the industry and wowee wow. That was eye-opening and sad. The public women description is chilling. I wonder if Bollywood will be hit at all with the explosion of sexual abuse revelations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein articles. It’s hitting like a tsunami here in the US where women are rising up and saying no more and men are losing work over it (finally).

        I’m thinking about Kiran Rao, someone who is obviously talented and smart but so dependent on her husband to get her films made.

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        • I doubt the Weinstein revelations will have much effect. The only related news story I have seen is that somehow it came out Weinstein wanted a private meeting with Aishwarya and she turned him down. Which is being spun as a “thank goodness our virtious Indian woman was saved from him”. As in, “this would never happen here!” Which is funny since Aish herself definitely got a career boost from her romantic relationship with Salman Khan early in her career. But now that she is safely married into a very respectable family, that isn’t mentioned any more.

          Aish’s married woman status giving her sudden respectability is just a sample of all the unique flavors and varieties of gender issues in Indian film, which can be hard to parse out based on the little that is made public. It wouldn’t be unexpected for an older married actor to have a consensual fling during filming with his much younger co-star. And there were also some rare cases of an older married female co-star having a fling with her young male co-star (Meena Kumari and Dharmendra). But it wouldn’t be something they would talk about openly either. Because she was pressured into it, or because they don’t want the bad publicity? Who is to say!

          If you want a really good really interesting take on all of this, check out the film Luck By Chance (which also has a ten second Aamir cameo!). Gives a great sense of all the variations of how women are exposed while on a film set, producers who use them, co-stars who seduce them, even their own family who see them as a commodity.

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          • Two great recent films with female heros (heroines) are Kahaani and Mardaani. At least I liked them a lot.

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    • Margaret’s summary of the best places to start with discovering the important actresses in mainstream Hindi cinema is perfection. I might add Katrina Kaif to the list since she also works a lot and has an ardent fan following. She’s not one of my favorites, but she’s been in a couple of my favorite films and she is slowing growing on me! But there are some real duds in her filmography. She also didn’t mention Kajol, but she has a very specific career and hardly ever plays outside her comfort zone. Couldn’t list them all since that defeats the purpose:) I’d also mention Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pendukar, and Parineeti Chopra as the younger female stars to look for.

      I have several personal favorites but the most enduring favs have been Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan, and Anushka Sharma.

      Always exciting to hear about a newcomer to the films figuring out who’s who and seeing their films for the first time!

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      • I haven’t seen the Rekha unrao jaan yet, so I cannot compare.
        The Aish version is a one-watch movie – good production values – but repeat watch of the songs and dances using your FFWD btn.

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        • Forgot to mention, intricate hand and head and eye choreo choices. Not sure how authentic the moves are, but it’s nice to see that the choreographer actually earned his/her keep.

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