"Bollywood was at its peak during this time"
With millions celebrating Valentine’s Day across the world, what better way to create a romantic setting than these Bollywood songs?
South Asian cinema has pumped out huge classics over the years that fuse intimate acting and gorgeous voices which portray love in all kinds of ways.
From the likes of Udit Narayan to Sonu Nigam, these songs can help you get in the right mood for the loving day.
Even for those spending Valentine’s Day alone, the awe of these tracks can still produce a dreamy atmosphere, perfect for solo evenings.
So, whether you’re out for dinner, getting ready for a date, or having a cosy night in, get the mood right with these charming Bollywood songs.
‘Pehla Nasha’ is from the 1992 movie, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar which stars Aamir Khan and Ayesha Jhulka.
The song is beautifully sung by Sadhana Sargam and Udit Narayan who depict the romantic relationship between Aamir and Ayesha’s characters exquisitely.
Udit was actually nominated for ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ at the Filmfare Awards for his performance on this track.
‘Pehla Nasha’ combines classic Bollywood sounds and elegant voices to create an intimate setting, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain
‘Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain’ is another Bollywood anthem from the legendary movie, Pardes (1997).
The drama stars the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhry and Amrish Puri.
The soundtrack of Pardes was composed by Nadeem-Shravan and Kumar Sanu is the voice that graced this particular song.
Planet Bollywood reviewed the movie and started by saying:
“The music of Pardes is one of Nadeem-Shravan’s best ever.”
The soul and emotion that Sanu brings to this track draw listeners in and fans adore his performance even over 25 years later.
Main Yahaan Hoon
If you’re after all the romantic elements that make up a lot of Bollywood songs, then look no further than ‘Main Yahaan Hoon’.
The track is from Veer-Zaara (2004) which was directed by Yash Chopra and stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta.
Udit Narayan lends his voice to this specific song and does wonderfully in making each lyric stand out.
It has all the traditional instruments but Udit’s voice is grand and tells the passionate story of Shah Rukh and Preity’s characters.
The emotional song is packed with qawwali, folk and ghazal influences and is one of the main reasons why Veer-Zaara’s soundtrack was the highest-selling music album in India in 2005.
Mere Haath Mein
For those warm, affectionate and memorable Valentine’s Day moments, ‘Mere Haath Mein’ is a great song to play.
The track is from the 2006 romantic thriller, Fanaa which stars Aamir Khan and Kajol.
Khan plays an anti-hero and his relationship with Kajol in the movie goes through twists, turns and a lot of drama.
It’s these themes that singers Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan magically encompass in the track. One fan, Nemo, commented on YouTube:
“Just love the way Sunidhi has sung this song, She never overdoes anything.”
“And her voice adds a certain mystery and maturity to the song. Love it.”
Picturised on Khan and Kajol and their poetic partnership, ‘Mere Haath Mein’ is a touching masterpiece.
Tum Se Hi
‘Tum Se Hi’ from the movie Jab We Met (2007) is quite a unique song for Valentine’s Day in that it combines the emotion of the holiday with more of an upbeat vibe.
Indian playback singer, Mohit Chauhan, offers his vocals to the track which focuses on the lead actors, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.
For his melodies, Mohit was nominated for ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ at the Central European Bollywood Awards.
The anthem strips back the typical Bollywood cinematics and solely gives the lyrics and meaning the spotlight.
‘Tum Se Hi’ is wholesome and depicts the true meaning of happiness within a relationship.
Tera Hone Laga Hoon
If you’re looking for something uplifting and colourful, then ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) is the perfect choice for your playlist.
The track is sung by Atif Aslam and Alisha Chinai who depict the voices of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
The music video hones in on the pair’s happy relationship and all the feelings they get when around one another.
One fan of the track, Ritik Maurya, revealed his thoughts, saying:
“Bollywood was at its peak during this time. This era was priceless.
“Words are not enough to define the beauty of this song.”
What’s even more unique about ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ is that it fuses English and Hindi lyrics, so it has an immense modern feel which is the perfect fit for any Valentine’s Day date.
Tum Hi Ho
With over 700 million YouTube views, ‘Tum Hi Ho’, is one of the most popular Bollywood songs to listen to. It’s from the 2013 movie, Aashiqui 2.
Sung by Arijit Singh, the track follows lead actors, Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor as their intense and passionate relationship blossoms.
Singh’s harmonies throughout the song create an eerie and romantic atmosphere.
His ballads at certain points of ‘Tum Hi Ho’ touch the listener’s hearts and his lyrics support the love between the characters.
In 2013, the song won ‘Most Entertaining Song’ at the Big Star Entertainment Awards and helped Aashiqui 2 become one of the best-trending films in Indian cinema.
Dil Diyan Gallan
‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ translates to “the talks of heart”. So, it seems like a no-brainer to include this track as part of the Valentine’s Day celebration.
The song is from the action thriller Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) which stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Heavily popular across South Asia and the UK, ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ follows the lead characters in their heart-filled romance.
However, to get this across in the most affectionate way, Atif Aslam voiced the track to make sure viewers and listeners got feelings of charm, devotion, and infatuation.
One fan, Tanishq Basak, emphasised how powerful Atif’s voice is, stating:
“Atif doesn’t sing from his mouth, he sings from his heart and we can feel it!”
The added ferocity of tabla drums and sitars make’s ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ so comforting to listen to, especially if you’re with your loved one.
Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga
With a total of over 1 billion YouTube views, ‘Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga’ from Half Girlfriend (2017) is one of the most recognised Bollywood songs ever.
Arijit Singh and Shashaa Tirupati lend their impeccable vocals to the track which is acted out by Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
The song speaks volumes in appreciating the love of your life and recognising how irreplaceable they are in your life.
Arjun and Shraddha show their yearning for each other amazingly and viewers can easily see how infatuated they are with each other.
For listeners, Arjit and Shashaa’s notes are soothing to the ears and the former won ‘Best Playback Singer’ at the Gaana Users Choice Awards in 2018.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ is the title song from the 2019 movie of the same name.
Directed by Sunny Deol, it stars Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba in lead roles who share the tenderness of their relationship in this song.
Their infatuation is brought to life by singers Arijit Singh and Parampara Thakur who bring such originality to their performances.
Their voices work effortlessly side by side and capture the yearning of Karan and Sahher’s characters.
To highlight how magical this anthem is, a fan by the name of Gagan Singh expressed on YouTube:
“Arijit Singh takes the song to another level.
“Sachet Tandon has composed the song brilliantly and Parampara has a mesmerising voice.”
“Just hear the flow of the song and how it is controlled with effective usage of tabla, piano…Just amazing.”
This track is perfect for those couples looking to celebrate their unity or if you just want to get lost in some great singing.
These Bollywood songs will certainly give your Valentine’s Day an extra special twist.
Regardless of how you celebrate, the special voices of some of Bollywood’s most loved singers will help set the perfect mood for your plans.
So, hit this Valentine’s Day with a Desi twist and feel the romance in the air.