Groove to Katrina Kaif's hit songs!
She may be an outsider in Bollywood, but her successful stint in the Hindi film industry has catapulted her to immense fame, glory and popularity! Yes, we’re talking about the heart-throb of millions, Katrina Kaif. She has had critics all along her journey, who have found faults with her choice of movies, her Hindi accent, her expressions onscreen, her acting prowess and what not! But with her last spate of movies, she has silenced them all and proved that she is here to stay. Here fans go gaga about almost everything associated with her- her face that’s a perfect mix of innocence and youthful exuberance, her fashion statement, her roles, and…of course, her songs! Ever since she made her debut in Bollywood a decade ago, apart from a number of hit films, she has also had many popular songs to her credit. Think of the days when she was a newcomer. Her character in the movie Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya was hardly noticed, but the songs “Just Chill” soon became a hit dance-number and Katrina’s slender moves to its catchy rhythm made it a favourite amongst disco-goers and clubbers. She set many a heartbeats racing to the tunes of “Khwab Deke Jhoote Moote” and “Zara Zara” from Race, in both of which her expressions exuded a sensuality that rested on the fine line between enigma and obscenity. In Singh Is King, the soft romantic ballad "Teri Ore" captured Kaif’s graceful mannerisms in a never-seen-before avatar and it has wooed the hearts of numerous listeners ever since! Think of Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahaani and we all loved Katrina bringing alive Jenny’s innocence with her adorable ways in the very hummable “Tera Hone Laga Hoon”, which even after years, continue to be a music-lover’s delight. Hardly does an actress, in a comparatively short career so far, build up an array of such tracks that people are so fond of; and no one can deny that much of the popularity of these songs are owing to Katrina’s charming appeal that infuses such magic into these otherwise beautifully composed numbers. Some might say that the songs have been lucky for Katrina; but the vice-versa holds good too! She has remarkably contributed to the likeability of these songs, with her vivacious screen presence and oomph factor that have bestowed the songs with a longer longevity, so to say. Then came Tees Maar Khan, in 2010; though the movie bombed at the box-office, all that people remember of the flick was its super-duper hit dance number “Sheila Ki Jawaani”, so much so that “Sheila” became almost synonymous with Katrina! Her gyrating moves, coupled with those picture-perfect facial features, were a treat for sore eyes. In Bodyguard and Agneepath, she only had the two songs- the title theme song for the former and Chikni Chameli for the latter, but within those few minutes of her appearance, she stole the thunder, and how! These songs redefined the status of “item girls” in the film industry, as here was a leading lady effortlessly stepping into the shoes of the item girls, and giving them a run for their money! She soon also came to be identified as “Chikni Chameli”, as the song went on to become a rage, and re-established Katrina as a fabulous dancer. As she swayed to “Dhunki” in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan in an altogether completely different image, that was a foil to her earthy, raw appeal, people fell in love with that too. Her last release Jab Tak Hai Jaan gave her the scope to enliven up three songs belonging to diverse genres. While “Ishq Shava” is a complete dance-based track, “Heer” is a soulfully poignant number, and on the other hand, “Saans” is a quintessential romantic song. She shone in all of them, and beautifully so. Evidently, she has mastered the art of switching amongst different moods and moments in her films, and thus she does justice to slow, mellow tracks as well as the groovy, foot-tapping compositions. Even certain songs of her films, that do not have a prominent female vocalist to whom Kaif might have lip-synced to, (e.g.- Mashalla, Ucha Lamba Kad, etc.) have been chartbusters, and much of its credit goes to her charisma and magnetic aura. Katrina indeed can be said to have the Midas’ touch of sorts. The limelight, the music, the costumes, the exotic locales, they all love her. And thus, the songs picturised on her go on to become a product of the coordination that she generates amongst all these factors. She is much more than an eye-candy; she is a gifted dancer, a poised actress who knows the art of expressions well, and thus, can carry off songs on her shoulders with ease!