Lucky Ali and His Greatest Bollywood Songs

Did you know Lucky Ali was only 20 years old when he first lent his voice in the 1978 Bollywood movie ‘Ek Baap Chhe Bete’? It was in 2000, he became widely popular for his two chartbuster songs in ‘Kaho Naa … Pyaar Hai’.

By Saurav Ray

May 20, 2018

As the world welcomed a new millennium, the year 2000 became a special one for movie buffs like us that gave us the movie ‘Kaho Na … Pyaar Hai’ and introduced the world to Lucky Ali.

Much before the movie was released, the song ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ was teased and played in all leading music channels as well as a few advertisements. Revolutionary – probably the best word to describe the song and the voice. Something was different and magical in that voice. Was that the honey-smooth huskiness? Was that the free-spirited singing style? Or was that the raw, uninhibited force in the voice? The truth is we didn’t know and that’s the beauty of it. It’s the X-factor that was hard to point out. And thus began the craze for Lucky Ali and ‘Lucky Mania’!

After more than 18 years, Lucky Ali is still delighting Bollywood music lovers with his repertoire of soulful and ballad-style songs. Let’s have a look at some of his greatest Bollywood songs in the order of most recent to older ones:

Safarnama (Tamasha):

When two mavericks come together to create a masterpiece, the result is magical. A.R. Rahman’s music combined with Lucky Ali’s vocals. This is a quintessential Lucky Ali song that will encourage you to take a journey within and discover yourself – “Jise dhoonda zamaane mein … Mujh mein tha.” The song depicts the self-discovery of the movie’s protagonist.

Hairat (Anjaana Anjaani)

Lucky Ali’s music and a long road trip is the pairing that perfectly complements each other. With music composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the song shows both the lead characters of the movie embarking on a road trip from New York to Las Vegas, in a beautiful American red Cadillac, with the vastness of rugged mountains and sand dunes as the backdrop.

Bekaraar (Paathsaala)

As you hear the song, you can feel the passion and intensity of the singer and it grows on you with every repeated listening. The song is a simple but strong love ballad that is composed by Hanif Shaikh. The rise and fall in the tempo make it a great song to hear while working out, hiking, or doing some activities. Listen it to feel the positive vibes.

Aahista Aahista (Bachna Ae Haseeno)

In this Vishal-Shekhar composed song, Lucky Ali teamed up with Shreya Ghoshal.

Like most of Lucky Ali’s songs, this is a fun song based on a road trip of the lead characters of the movie, in which they are touring around Switzerland on a scooter and having a great time together.

Yeh Zindagi, Chandni Hai Khoi Khoi (Kasak)

Apart from lending voice to three songs in the movie, Lucky Ali acted as the protagonist. Although the movie was criticized, the music was appreciated big time by critics and audience. Not surprising, when MM Kreem is the music composer. ‘Yeh Zindagi’ is a soft song that can have a soothing impact on agitated nerves, while ‘Chandni Hai Khoi Is a romantic number. Also check out ‘Jaana Hai Jaana Hai’ by Lucky Ali, you may be surprised.

Ye Raste Yeh Masti (Love at Times Square)

Legendary actor and director the late Dev Anand wanted Lucky Ali to play the role of a male lead in the movie. The singer, however, chose to stick to what he is great at and lent voice to two songs in the movie. ‘Yeh Raste’ is a carefree, romantic number based on a road trip. Javed Akhtar is the lyricist and Adnan Sami is the composer.

Jaane Kya Dhoondta, Aa Bhi Jaa, Tu Dil Ki Khusi, Aao Tumhe (Sur – The Melody of Life)

Lucky Ali delighted cine-lovers with his versatility by portraying the lead character of a music teacher and singing five beautiful songs in this movie. The movie and its music were appreciated by critics and a certain segment of the audience. MM Kreem composed the music and Nida Fazli penned the lyrics in the Tanuja Chandra-directed movie. Apart from the deep-meaning lyrics, minimalistic music scores, the soothing-healing voice, the songs were also appreciated for their picturization.

Maut (Kaante)

The song was not meant to be in the movie but it was included when the filmmaker heard the song from the musician, who was among the lead actors in the movie. The song – written, composed and sung by Lucky Ali – is lauded for its hard-hitting lyrics and avant-garde music. It is played at a critical juncture in the movie and has a shock value to it.

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Ik Pal Ka Jeena, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (Kaho Naa …Pyaar Hai)

With the two songs, Lucky Ali made a proper entry (read reentry) into the industry as a playback singer and it earned him the best playback singer awards in 46th Filmfare Awards, Star Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, and IIFA Awards. Not to mention all those adulation and reverence from the youth of this country, making him a youth icon in no time.

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This list is just the tip of the iceberg showcasing the chartbuster Bollywood songs of the legendary genius. He has many more soul-stirring and healing songs to his name that are not widely known.

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