Taking a moment to appreciate Aamir Khan's Akele Hum Akele Tum music album, as the film completes 26 years
Aamir's Akele Hum Akele Tum music album is '90s gold
Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala’s Akele Hum Akele Tum, the 1995 romantic drama completed 26 years since its release on November 30. While the film may not rank anywhere in Aamir Khan’s gleaming box office trajectory today, the soulful music album that the movie boasted of makes this movie hard to forget.
The Bollywood star and his uncle Mansoor Khan (director) may have failed at delivering a hattrick with the success of Akele Hum Akele Tum after their previous outing like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar, but we’d never tire of listening to the songs composed by Anu Malik and penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Just reading the title in fact, one can’t help but sing the title track in their head!
Songs like Aisa Zakhm Diya Hai, Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya, Dil Kehta Hai, Dil Mera Churya Kyun and obviously the title track Akele Hum Akele Tum were all big hits when they were released in the ‘90s but we could never tire of hearing them even today.
Anu Malik earned a Filmfare nomination for the title track while Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik were also nominated. The album may not have received the validation at the awards but we raise our hats to them today for these gems.
These songs crooned by Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik are even more precious in this era of remixes in Bollywood which grows scarier with each new all-time-hit song is remade. It would be fair to mention that the Akele Hum Akele Tum album was not entirely original with Aisa Zakham Diya Hai having being sampled from Deep Purple’s 70’s song Child in Time, Dil Mera Churaya Kyun being inspired from the music of the English track Last Christmas, Akele Hum Akele Tum being a rip off of Jim Reeves song But You Love Me Daddy. But as a biased Bollywood fan, however, the fact does little to deter one from loving the album in its entirety.