Himesh Reshammiya is currently in Japan bringing in his 45th birthday. He started his career as a music composer in 1998 with the Salman Khan-Kajol starrer Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. He continued to compose chartbuster music till 2004. And then came the year 2005, when he forayed into singing and became a sensation overnight. Aashiq Banaya Aapne was the highest selling album of the year and Himesh was a rage.
He was heavily criticized and mocked for singing nasally but that didn’t perturb him from singing further. Wait, there’s more! He then made his acting debut in 2007 with Aap Kaa Surroor and as luck would have it, the film too turned out to be a BIG money-spinner!
As the actor celebrates his birthday today, we have a look at his 5 most memorable songs, both as a singer and a music director:-
1. Aashiq Banaya Aapne- Aashiq Banaya Apne (2005)
As we mentioned above, this was the film that took HR to the skies of success and massive popularity! The title song was so popular that all the filmmakers wanted to cash-in on his nasal voice. Wish they didn’t ruin this number by remixing it in Hate Story 4!
2. Jhalak Dikhla Ja- Aksar (2006)
Emraan Hashmi and Himesh Reshammiya made for a deadly combination. Even when the films failed, the songs were massive hits. This was proven when the combo came back for this thriller! Jhalak Dikhla Ja, which released right at the beginning of the year 2006, was one of the most successful tracks right till the end of the year, and still is!
3. Naam Hai Tera- Aap Ka Suroor (The Album)
We all remember the song and how it was picturized but not many people know it also featured Deepika Padukone. Back in the day, HR was one of the busiest music directors and singers and dabbled with multiple projects, and it’s quite commendable how he managed a hit every time, including this song.
4. Tere Naam (2003)
Just when Salman Khan was battling with back-to-back failures, Tere Naam came and changed his career forever. But not just the star, the success of the film is equally credited to Himesh, who gave one of the best musical scores for any Salman starrer. The title song is arguably one of the most soothing and heart-wrenching tracks of the last many, many years, and still continues to attract all music aficionados.
5. Bodyguard (2011)
He only composed one song- Teri Meri, and that song became the most popular song of the album and broke all previous records on YouTube. HR proved he’s not only restricted to some massy dance numbers but can also compose heartfelt romantic tunes as well.
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