June 25, 2013

Dancing in the Rain !

And I thought it’s just the perfect time to do this post and remember all the lovely rain songs that Bollywood has given us.

Bollywood, Rains and Romance all go hand in hand. Whenever one thinks of rains the image of chiffon saree clad heroine comes to mind, with misty romance. Rain has been the backdrop for some of the most popular Bollywood songs from the black and white era to the present age of digitization. With rains there comes a feel of sensual seduction which Bollywood has captured all through the ages. Every other Bunty-Babli, Raj-Simran, Guddu-Sweety fall in love against the backdrop of trickling rains and the ambience created by a sensuous rain song. Bollywood songs on the rainy season have assisted many-a-love-story. Here are our top 10 Bollywood rain songs, in sequential order.

1. Pyar hua ikraar hua hai - Shree 420 (1955)

It is perhaps the most memorable rain song in Bollywood, occurring decades before the Hindi film industry came to be called that. The actors Raj Kapoor and Nargis, who were rumoured to be in love with each other, sizzled in the rain, bringing in audiences in droves. And the image of them gazing at each other in one umbrella remains one of Hindi cinema's loveliest moments.

2. Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si - Chalti ka naam gaadi (1958)

This is one of the movies that firmly established Kishore Kumar as a comic actor and a versatile singer. Who could forget the gorgeous Madhubala walking into Kumar's garage, drenched and stranded due to a faulty car?

3. Roop tera mastana - Aradhana (1969)

The hero was charming and crazy in love. The heroine shy and attractive. Sudden rain that drives them inside leads them to a fireplace and, later, smouldering passion. An entire nation held its collective breath to see if all this would lead to a bhool - a mistake. It did. Along with setting the stage for the rest of the story, this is one of the songs that catapulted Rajesh Khanna to superstardom.

4. Rimjhim girey saawan - Manzil (1979)

There are two versions of this song - male and female, the former being more popular. However, the female version, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, is more lively and interesting, showing, as it does, two happy lovers walking in the rain. Most of the song is shot in south Mumbai, with its old Victorian buildings, open grounds and the Marine Drive promenade, all squeaky clean in the rain.

5. Aaj rapat jaaye toh - Namak Halal (1982)

Who would have thought that Smita Patil, the reigning queen of "art cinema" as it was called then, had it in her to dance in such an uninhibited fashion? The pairing itself - Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil - was slightly unusual but they managed to pull off this romp in the rain admirably.

6. Kaante nahi kat tey yeh din yeh raat - Mr India (1987)

This is the definitive wet sari song in Bollywood, the tune that set aflutter many a man's heart. Sridevi writhing in that electric blue sari, singing to her invisible lover Mr India with his special superhero powers; so many would have killed to be in the hero Anil Kapoor's place.

7. Rimjhim rimjhim - 1942: A Love Story (1994)

This film, set in the times of the British Raj, was released after the death of RD Burman, who scored the music. Burman, who is acknowledged as a genius in the film industry, won one of its most coveted awards, the Filmfare Award, for three movies, one of which was this.

8. Sawan barse tarse dil - Dahek (1999)

This one is a dark horse, finding mention here for the way the rain itself feels like a character in the song, showing all of Mumbai, warts and all. The two star-crossed lovers try to meet, even as the rain plays spoilsport.

9. Ghanan ghanan ghan - Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan was India's entry to the Oscar's in 2001 and was set in a village in western India where the rainfall is unpredictable and scant. The song is the expression of the entire village looking up hopefully at the dark grey clouds.

10. Barso re megha megha - Guru (2007)

The rain song is a commonly used cinematic device by the south Indian director Mani Ratnam to introduce the heroine. In this movie, it is Aishwarya Rai, first shown singing in the rain and, as the song ends, running away from home for a rendezvous with her lover.

 11. Dekho na - Fanaa
Nd last but not the least is the song which my most favorite Dekho na from Aamir Khan and Kajol starer film Fanaa. With the sound of raindrops and lightning, the song sets the perfect mood for the monsoon. 

All these songs give message to all - Feel the romance… Keep drizzling in love!

Happy Monsoon!

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