In the world of South Asian performers, Indian and Pakistani actresses can also sing well.

Their talent is not just in acting. They also possess incandescent vocal abilities.

However, some of this talent may not be as well projected to the audience.

These performers might have just sung little, or done it away from the glare of film cameras.

Whatever the platform, however, there is no denying the magic these actresses can cast with their singing.

DESIblitz invites you on a thrilling and potentially surprising journey.

You will discover 10 actresses you didn’t know could sing well.

Vyjayanthimala

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Fans of the Bollywood Golden Era regard Vyjayanthimala as a beacon of elegance and celluloid magic.

Many may also be aware of the actress’ innate dancing skills.

She channelises her background in dance in many of her films.

However, Vyjayanthimala has also proven herself to be a luscious singer.

In the classic Sangam (1964), she plays Radha Mehra, who is in love with Gopal Verma (Rajendra Kumar).

The song ‘Yeh Mera Prem Patra’ shows Gopal giving Radha a love letter while singing about his affection for her.

While Mohammad Rafi sings the number, Vyjayanthimala also offers a strong anchor by beautifully humming along with the maestro.

Her crooning is the jewel that adorns the song.

Rekha

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In 2004, Rekha appeared on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal.

During the interview, she talks at length about her childhood, career, and alleged affair with Amitabh Bachchan.

Towards the end of the conversation, she sings a few lines from ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum‘.

The song is from her film Silsila and it shows her as Chandni.

She romances with Amit Malhotra (Amitabh).

In the interview, Rekha’s rendition is serene and sublime.

One wonders why she has not sung more in her career.

It is a lovely thing for viewers to listen to after such an emotional conversation.

Juhi Chawla

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This reigning queen from 1990s Bollywood rarely gives her vocal cords a chance to shine.

However, the truth is that Juhi Chawla can do more than just sing well.

At the 2005 Zee Cine Awards, Juhi delivers a remarkable performance where everyone is in awe of her voice.

A comment on YouTube reads: “I never knew she had such a beautiful singing voice.”

Another fan writes: “She should have chosen this as a profession. Mesmerising voice.”

In a WildFilmsIndia interview, Juhi also sings ‘Mere Dil Ke Tukde’.

Her pitch and intonations are lovely, leaving listeners thirsty for more.

Mehwish Hayat

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This Pakistani actress primarily shines in Urdu cinema. She has also dabbled in web series.

Mehwish gained recognition for Hum TV’s Meray Qatil Meray Dildar (2011–2012).

She is undoubtedly a great actress, but did you know she was also a brilliant singer?

In an interview with Hum News, Mehwish displays her singing prowess.

With her eyes closed and slight turns of her head, she loses herself in the music.

She carries listeners through an incandescent experience.

Mehwish has also sung several jingles and numbers for Pakistani content.

These include ‘Tell Me Why’ from Meri Behen Maya and ‘Pani Barsa’ from Man Jali. 

Hania Aamir

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Continuing with mesmeric Pakistani actresses, we come to Hania Aamir.

She has also created an indelible niche for herself in Urdu cinema and Pakistani television shows.

In 2020, the actress posted a video of herself on YouTube.

In the clip, she sings ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber.

She nails the pitch and tempo, creating a marvellous rendition.

A fan comments: “Your voice and your acting is just perfect. Love you.”

Another adds: “You should make an album of English songs.”

In another clip, she croons a song by Asim Azhar, while cradling a dog in her arms.

This is equally charming and a joy to listen to.

In June 2024, Hania Aamir became the most-followed Pakistani actress on Instagram.

The fact that she can sing well surely contributed to that.

Deepika Padukone

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Returning to glowing Indian artists, Deepika Padukone is one star who creates spellbinding mania wherever she goes.

The star’s looks, talent, and grace make her one of the world’s most famous and admired celebrities.

Many Bollywood fans are aware of Deepika’s acting ability, but what they probably don’t know is that she has tremendous vocal skills.

During an appearance on Koffee With Karan in 2018, Deepika and Alia Bhatt graced the famous couch.

Host Karan Johar asked them to sing a song.

They sang ‘Channa Mereya’ from Karan’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).

Deepika melds her voice with Alia’s, creating a beautiful moment in the episode.

Elsewhere, during an appearance on Salman Khan’s Dus Ka Dum with her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika sings ‘Khuda Jaane’ from Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).

Both these instances prove what a beautiful singer she is.

Shraddha Kapoor

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Shraddha Kapoor is one of the most popular Bollywood actresses ever.

With her effortless performances and charming charisma, she can win over the audience.

Also a talented singer, Shraddha delivered her first singing performance in 2014.

The occasion was at the Star Box Office India Awards.

Not only does Shraddha sing well, but she also grooves to the music vivaciously.

In another clip, the star sings ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ from Aashiqui 2 (2013).

This elicits a warm reaction from Varun Dhawan.

Shraddha is also a master at speaking in a variety of accents, including French, British, and American.

Such a multi-faceted talent deserves applause.

Sara Khan

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This Indian television actress hit stardom at a very young age.

She was only 17 years old when she became a household name while playing Sadhana Rajvansh in Sapna Baabul Ka…Bidaai (2007–2010).

Viewers are enchanted by her acting, but in 2020, a video clip of Sara singing duets with Stebin Ben.

She sings a medley of Hindi and English songs.

These include ‘Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya’ from Sarfarosh (1999), ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from Titanic (1997), and ‘Love Me Like You Do’ by Ellie Goulding.

At the height of their stardom from Sapna Baabul Ka…Bidaai, Sara and her co-star Parul Chauhan Thakkar appeared on Shah Rukh Khan’s game show Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hai.

While on the show, they sing the title song from their series, earning applause and praise from those around them.

Sara is a versatile singer as well as an accomplished actress.

Devoleena Bhattacharjee

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Continuing with great Indian television actresses, Devoleena Bhattacharjee shone brightly in Saath Nibhana Saathiya.

She played the central role of Gopi Modi from 2012 to 2017.

Devoleena has covered many of the songs from the show.

On YouTube, a clip of her singing Lata Mangeshkar’s classic ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’.

The song is originally from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960).

With the rendition, Devoleena proves that she has a gorgeous singing voice.

Saath Nibhana Saathiya was extremely lucky to have an artist like her adorning the show.

Sajal Ali

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When it comes to her extensive work in Pakistani television, one of the shows Sajal Ali has starred in is O Rangreza (2017–2018).

She sings a song from that with Sahir Ali Bagga.

As Sahir strums his guitar, Sajal immerses herself in the song, showcasing her firm command over it.

A fan comments: “Her voice is so amazing. Sajal is a very talented actress.”

Not only has Sajal Ali been an essential fixture in the Pakistani television firmament, she has also made a name for herself in cinema.

She starred in the Bollywood film Mom (2017), as well as the British romantic-comedy What’s Love Got To Do With It (2022).

While promoting the latter on BBC Asian Network, Sajal plays a game with Haroon Rashid.

The game involves singing songs.

Sajal briefly croons ‘Besharam Rang’ from Pathaan (2023). Hearing this, Haroon says:

“Your voice is incredible!”

Indian and Pakistani actresses always set new benchmarks regarding acts in front of the camera.

However, the truth is that when they sing, they also mesmerise their fans.

These artists have great control over their pitches, notes, and melodies.

The result is there for all to see and here.

So, next time you engage with the work of these performers, it could be useful to remember that they sing well too.