What with the Shahrukh Extravaganza, I haven’t celebrated Aish before this year. But now I’ve got time, why not! I’ll celebrate the part of her I like best, her song sequences.
Aish isn’t the greatest dancer, or the greatest actress, but somehow in a song sequence she can really really act like she is the greatest dancer and end up selling the song. Especially in the early years when she had an almost otherworldly kind of beauty. You can see it right in her first movie, Iruvar.
You can see why Shankar was inspired to compare her to the 7 wonders of the world in his song from Jeans.
Not my favorite song, but I know it is popular with others and it was the first real big Hindi hit for her, “Nimbooda Nimbooda” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Personally I like this song better. And anyway, bonus Shahid Kapoor in his early chorus boy years! “Ishq Bina” from Taal.
Back to Tamil for this movie, the chorus boys are a little terrifying in their myna costumes, but Aish looks beautiful. “Konjum Mainakkale” from Kandukondein Kandukondein.
And Devdas! Which I do not like AT ALL. But I have to admit, Aish looks gorgeous, especially in this song, “Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka”.
And “Ishq Kameena”, Aish getting down and dirty and I love it.
Not quite as down and dirty, but still a funner version of Aish in this song “Kajra Re”.
And the rebirth of Aish! Her first fell length Hindi role after that attempt to break into Hollywod, with a new look and a great dance number, “Crazy Kiya Re”.
And her return to her first director, Mani Ratnam, for one of her best roles and her best songs, “Tere Bina”.
Looking at her filmography, she really hasn’t had big songs in the recent years. The most recent one I can find is “Naina Miley” from Robot.
Okay, you ready for my all time favorite Aish song? Not because it is good or anything, I just really love it and I can’t explain why. “Tumhe Aaj Maine Jo Dekho” from Kuch Naa Kaho.