Starting out on a musical note!

bollywood celebrities in music videos

Looking at the recent craze of celebrity music videos, one may think that this is a thing of the present, but little does one know that this fad began way back in the 90’s. The 90’s was the epitome of pop music success and saw many solo artists, boy bands and girl gangs emerging into the industry. While Sonam Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan may be some of the ‘known’ stars to have featured in music videos, we present to you five B-town celebrities who practically began this fad, quite unknowingly, at the beginning of their acting careers.

  1. Shahid Kapoor:

Before blowing us away with his performances in Udtaa Punjaab and Haider, the Kapoor boy was seen as a love-struck young lad, trying to woo the girl next door, in the song ‘Aankhon Mei’ by the band Aryans.

  1. Deepika Padukone:

Little do people know that it was actually Himesh Reshamiya who launched Deepika into the film fraternity and not Farah Khan. The then model, starred in the music video of ‘Naam Hai Tera’ and this feature got her noticed and led to her bagging the lead role opposite SRK in Om Shanti Om.

  1. Ayesha Takia:

Ayesha Takia was a child model for Complan and other brands. What got her noticed however was, Falguni Pathak’s ‘Meri ChuCnar Udd Udd Jaye’ that also featured Southern actress Trishna Krishnan. The song showed Takia as a doe-eyed young girl who is feeling home-sick, and led to her bagging various roles in Bollywood.

  1. John Abraham:

Before he made his debut in Pooja Bhatt’s ‘Jism’, John Abraham starred in Pankaj Udhas’s number ‘Chupke Chupke’. Who would have ever imagined that? He can be seen flaunting his long, floppy hair and flashing cute dimples, knowing little of how famous this one song would make him.

  1. Bipasha Basu:

She may have climbed the success ladder with a spate of good and cringe worthy movies, but Bipasha Basu started out her career by starring in Sonu Nigam’s ‘Kab Ye Janegi’. Though the video may not be as visually appealing as others on the list, it kick started her Bollywood career.

Rare Holi pictures from Bollywood

Bollywood is song. Bollywood is dance. Bollywood is colour. There is no other industry in the world that captures the various shades of human emotion on camera than the Indian film industry. And needless to say, the industry loves all things colourful, especially the festival of Holi.

Some of the most legendary pictures of celebrations in the industry have come from Bollywood, where the rich and the famous lose inhibitions and participate in the spring festival.

Here are some rare pictures of revelry from Bollywood.


Raj Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan

The showman, the late Raj Kapoor, was known for throwing Holi parties that is the stuff of legends. Everyone who is someone would turn up for the Kapoor Holi party. In the first picture, you’ll find superstar Amitabh Bachchan shaking a leg with Raj Kapoor.


Dharamendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Subhash Ghai

The second picture, again taken at one of Raj Kapoor’s parties, shows Amitabh Bachchan (centre) and Dharmendra (left) do a Holi jig, while a young Subhash Ghai watches on.

Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar

Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar

Long before they parted ways, Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon were in a much-publicised relationship. Seen in this picture the duo is drenched in colours during a Holi party.

Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan

Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan

Much before he became a big star, Abhishek Bachchan was hobnobbing with the who’s who of the industry. In this picture, a young Abhishek is seen catching up with Shah Rukh Khan during a Holi party.

Salman Khn (Center)

Salman Khan (Center)

You won’t find a picture of Salman enjoying himself like this anymore. But years ago, the star was oblivious to the cameras, as he indulged in fun and revelry. Here, Salman (centre) is seen playing Holi with his producer friends Ratan Jain and Ramesh Taurani.

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

Another Shah Rukh picture, from back in the day. Here the supserstar is seen posing with his water gun.

Tabu and Aadesh Srivastava

Tabu and Aadesh Srivastava

The reclusive Tabu, only to be seen at award ceremonies these days. But that too is a rarity. This picture of the actress during a Holi party is indeed special. Seen here, Tabu and music composer Aadesh Srivastava.




Celebrity sex scandals that still have us talking

With X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer embroiled in a sex scandal that has rocked the franchise, we take a look at the other celebrities that have rocked the proverbial boat.

[Read more…]

Sibling revelry: Mapping the Bollywood gene pool

Ritika Saxena takes a look at the sibling connection in Bollywood and finds that while most work, a few others are car crashes. [Read more…]

A fatal loneliness

L’Wren Scott’s suicide has once again cast a harsh light on the showbiz industry and the loneliness of some of its denizens that leads to tragedy. Ritika Saxena takes a look at those who lost the battle with fame. [Read more…]

Thick skin and quick thinking in the celebrity PR game

Being a celebrity PR professional requires you to look behind the glamour and deal with issues that mere mortals would not be able to handle, writes Ritika Saxena. [Read more…]