Falguni Pathak was the queen of indie-pop scene in India in the late ’90s and early ’00s. The generation that grew up with her music fondly remembers her songs and her oh-so-cute music videos. A lot of actors who featured in these videos back then, are popular film and TV actors now. Her music was based on traditional Gujarati music fused with pop tunes. Precisely why, all it takes is the Dandia season to bring her songs back every year.
Yeah, we know it’s not Dandiya season any time soon, but it’s her birthday today. Here’s refreshing your memory with some of her best songs that you almost forgot you loved!
1. Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi
This number was an instant hit with the audience. The main dance move is still remembered by kids who grew up in that era. And who doesn’t remember Riya Sen in her blue lehenga from the video?
2. Maine Payal Hai Chhankai
This was the song which had the cutest ever puppet show! Popular TV actor Vivan Bhatena featured in this video in his early days and looked just as dreamy as he does now.
3. Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye
Way before Ayesha Takia featured in Bollywood, she was the adorable protagonist in this video. We think she has never looked better!
4. Aiyo Rama Haath Sey
Divya Khosla Kumar, who has now turned director, was an upcoming model once. Shot in New Delhi, this song was an instant hit with the crowd.
5. Saawan Mein Morni
This song ruled the music charts back then. The music video was around the classic ‘Boys v/s Girls’ theme and was totally loved equally by both guys and girls.
6. Yeh Kisne Jadu Kiya
Popular TV actress Aamna Sharif, who gained popularity with the hit TV show, Kahiin to Hoga, featured in this video. The song revolved around a student who falls in love with her professor and it was handled rather beautifully.
7. Pal Pal Teri Yaad
This song was quite different from the rest of Falguni’s songs and stood out mainly because of this reason. The hit pairing of Priyanshu Chatterjee and Sandali Sinha from the film, Tum Bin, first appeared in this video.
8. O Piya
The Gujarati influence was quite dominant in this song. Sriti Jha, who is now a popular TV actress, first appeared here.
9. Indhana Winva
All the non-Gujaratis owe their basic knowledge of the language to Falguni. Her beautiful songs and music videos, like this one, made Gujarati really popular even amongst the non-Gujju crowd. This video featured Iqbal Khan, who is now quite a TV superstar.
10. Doli Doli
Shahid Kapoor was still the young lover-boy when he featured in this video. The teenage love story was just perfect and we still love the music.
Wish you a very happy birthday, Falguni!