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No one understands the complexity and the beauty of the emotion ‘love’ the way filmmaker Imtiaz Ali does. The director made his directorial debut in 2005 with Socha Na Tha featuring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. And ever since then, through each of his films, Imtiaz has explored the various facets of love and relationships.

Imtiaz’s is a gifted director and there’s no doubt about it. Everyone right from the millennials to people from across all age groups resonate with his films. Through all his films, Imtiaz has beautifully captured the confusion, the pain, the innocence, the pang of separation while being in love. His films are an emotional hug that every hopeless romantic need in their life.


And Imtiaz’s films will lose their soul had it not been for their soulful, energetic and soothing soundtracks. Yes, without those beautiful compositions of AR Rahman and Irshad Kamil’s lyrics, Imtiaz’s films will lose their meaning. On the occasion of the maverick director’s 50th birthday, here we bring you one song from each of his 8 films that every hopeless romantic should have on their playlist:

‘O Yara Rab Rus Jane De’ from Socha Na Tha

This beautiful song crooned by Sonu Nigam and Sanjivni is picturised on Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Sandesh Shandilya’s soothing composition and Irshad Kamil’s words are the souls of this romantic track. Don’t you have this song on your playlist yet?

‘Aaoge Jab Tum’ from Jab We Met

There’s no love without suffering and pain. And unless you experience heartbreak, the light of love can never enter your heart. Ustad Rashid Khan’s divine vocals and Sandesh Sandilya’s composition makes this track an evergreen heartbreak song. Missing your lover? then listen to this song, it will help you cope with the pain. And even if you are not suffering from heartbreak, you can still listen to it on loop, after all, this track is a much-needed balm in the form of a song.

‘Aaj Din Chadheya’ from Love Aaj Kal

Are you even a hopeless romantic if you don’t have this song on your playlist? Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice and Irshad Kamil’s lyrics make this soulful romantic track one of the most beautiful songs that came out from Imtiaz Ali’s films. Even the unplugged version of this track crooned by Harshdeep Kaur is just out of the world.

‘Tum Ho’ from Rockstar

While there’s no two ways about Rockstar’s soundtrack being the BEST that trio- AR Rahman, Irshad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali have delivered so far. But if you ask me to pick just one song from the film, then it will be Tum Ho. Singer Mohit Chauhan is a treasure that we need to appreciate every single day.

‘Maahi Ve’ from Highway

When the Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman gets behind the mike, we get a gem like Maahi Ve. Highway is a very poignant film that Imtiaz has made and the one song that has stayed with me always is Maavi Ve.

‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ from Tamasha

Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh’s combination is GOLD and this song is proof. Tamasha has given the cinephiles a new way to look at their mundane life and go out in search of their true calling. The film’s soundtrack boasts of some of the most heart touching as well as fun songs like Matargashti. But there is something heavenly about ‘Agar Tum Sath Ho’ that makes it stand out from the rest.

‘Ghar’ from Jab Harry Met Sejal

Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s Jab Harry Met Sejal failed to live up to our expectations from Imtiaz’s film. However, the film’s soundtrack succeeded in making its way to people’s heart. And ‘Ghar’ crooned by Nikhita Gandhi and Mohit Chauhan is one of my all-time favourite heartbreak songs. There are no words enough to describe the talent of the maverick lyricist Irshad Kamil. He should be declared as a national treasure ASAP.

‘Shayad’ from Love Aaj Kal

Last but not the least, the only good thing about Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Love Aaj Kal 2 is its soundtrack. Yes, the film bombed, but if you are a true blue music aficionado then all the songs of this film are earworm. Shayad crooned by the one only Arijit Singh is a must-have in every cinephile and die-hard romantics’ playlist.

We wish Imtiaz Ali a very happy birthday. And hope he continues to warm our hearts with his poignant films and beautiful songs for many more years to come.

Also Read: From ‘Socha Na Tha’ to ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’: Where is the gifted filmmaker Imtiaz Ali heading towards?