Happy Birthday Imtiaz Ali: 5 Songs From His Films That Displayed Our Emotions

Imtiaz Ali is one of the best-known writers and filmmakers in the Indian Film Industry. He is known for films like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar and many others. Born on 16 June 1971 in Jamshedpur, he started his career by directing TV shows before venturing into the film industry. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Naina and Kurukshetra. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha Na Tha, which took him almost 3 years to make but didn’t perform well at the box office.

His second feature film Jab We Met (2007) starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, was a big commercial success and earned him the reputation that we know of him today. From then on his next releases like Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar (2011), Cocktail (2012) Highway (2014) and Tamasha (2015) did quite well and received praise from the critics for his expression of modern love and self-discovery.

Imtiaz Ali in his films uses music as an effective tool to take the story forward as well as beautifully display the emotions of the characters and what they are going through. Whether you like his films or not, we all have jammed to the songs from his films at least once which definitely gives us the feels. Therefore, we have listed down some of the best tracks that we love and surely you will do too.

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5 Emotional Songs From Imtiaz Ali’s Films

Aur Ho

Aur Ho is a song from the film Rockstar starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in the lead role. The song is composed by the talented A.R. Rahman and sung by Mohit Chauhan and Alma Ferovic. The song expresses the love, passion and helplessness one feels when parting from their loved one. The lyrics from the song – ‘Tujhe cheen loon ya chod doon, tujhe maang loon ya mod doon, Is lamhe kya kar jaaon‘, when translated to English says, ‘Should I snatch you, or leave you, should I ask for you, or turn you away, What should I do at this moment’.

Agar Tum Saath Ho

Agar Tum Saath Ho is an emotional song from the film Tamasha, which shows the intensity of feelings that the character Tara (played by Deepika Padukone) feels towards Ved (Ranbir Kapoor). While she wants to boundlessly love him but he has apprehensions about it. It’s a tug of war between their hearts. The lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil, and sung by Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh.


Ghar is from the film Jab Harry Met Sejal, lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil again and the singers are Nikhita Gandhi and Mohit Chauhan. The music is composed by Pritam. The portrays the story of a man who is living a lonely life in solitude, while there is someone who wants to be a home for him to come back to. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles.

Sooha Saaha

Sooha Saaha is from the film Highway starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. The talented music composer A.R. Rahman and soulful lyrics writer Irshad Kamil meet up again to create this sweet melody. It is sung by Zeb Bangash and the lead actress, Alia Bhatt. The song starts off with a lullaby and leads us to the world of dreams and back to harsh reality. The song tries to the complex emotion of the characters who have gone through a lot in their lives.

Aaoge Jab Tum

The song is from Jab We Met, Imtiaz Ali’s first commercial hit. The song is composed by Sandesh Sandilya, penned by Faaiz Anwar and sung in the soulful voice of Ustad Rashid Khan. It’s one of those songs which is both happy and sad with poignant lyrics. There’s both longing for someone and the anticipation of meeting them again but don’t know if they will ever.

The songs on the list are definitely in my 12 am playlist. Which song is your favourite? Do let us know in the comments below.

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