Alisha Chinai revisits ‘Kajra Re’ on 16 years of Bunty Aur Babli: ‘It sounded like an angel singing for Aishwarya Rai’
Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rani Mukerji starrer 2005 hit film Bunty Aur Babli complete 16 years today. Singer Alisha Chinai revisits its iconic item song "Kajra Re" and how Aishwarya Rai's presence enhanced it.
It’s been 16 years since Bunty Aur Babli was released. In case this makes you feel old, banish the feeling for the movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Amitabh Bachchan is still as fresh as the day it was released. And not to forget its iconic song “Kajra Re” featuring Aishwarya Rai with Amitabh and Abhishek.
“Kajra Re” features in the movie when Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji (Bunty and Babli) are on the run as they are expecting their first child together. Bunty bumps into cop Dashrath Singh, played by Amitabh Bachchan, at a bar. Little do they know that the con-artists Big B is looking for, are actually Bunty and Babli.
The real father-son duo indulges in some heart-to-heart conversation over drinks, where Bachchan senior shares his story of heartbreak when Aishwarya Rai walks in as a courtesan and tries to woo not Abhishek, but Amitabh. “Kajra Re” sung by Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan, and Javed Ali, went on to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood.
Alisha accepted that its “modern qawwali” style of singing was indeed a challenge for her. But, she lauded the composition of music director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. “I don’t know how I did it, but I guess the song itself was a really fantastic composition. It pushed me beyond my limits and I’m glad that I could deliver it the way Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy wanted me to,” she added.
Topping it all, according to Alisha, it was Aishwarya’s “angelic” presence that made the song, an iconic item number. “It sounded so angelic. It sounded like an angel singing for Aishwarya. She looked mind-blowing. “Kajra Re” became a trend-setter, a Bollywood anthem,” Alisha concluded.
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