Monsoon showers accompanied by soulful Bollywood music are a cool idea to spend a rain-drenched evening. So, we decided to quiz lyricist adman Prasoon Joshi along with composers Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire on the melodies they love listening to when it pours. The result is the Brunch Rain Song Playlist.
A few notable exceptions here, we feel, include the iconic Allah megh de from Guide, the romantic Rim jhim ke taraane leke aayi barsaat from Kaala Bazaar and the playful Yeh ladki bhigi bhagi si from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. What do you think?
Prasoon Joshi's playlist
1 Abke savan aise barse, by Shubha Mudgal: I wrote it 13 years ago, but the number, rendered powerfully by Shubha, is still popular.
2 Dekho na, Fanaa: Sonu Nigaam and Sunidhi Chauhan did justice to my lyrics. Yeh saazish hai boondon ki. It's a conspiracy of raindrops.
3 Bole re papihara, Guddi: This gem of Hindustani classical, pictured on Jaya Bhaduri, has a certain sobriety to it.
4 O sajna, barkha bahar aayi, Parakh: Lata Mangeshkar was at the peak of her powers. Aise rimjhim mein o sajan, pyase, pyaase tere nayan. Beautiful!
5Megha jhar, jhar barsaat re, Drishti: One for Kishori Amonkar's legion of admirers.
Shantanu Moitra's playlist?
1 Aha rim jhim ke ye pyare pyare, Usne Kaha Tha: I love Talat Mehmood's voice. The song makes me nostalgic about listening to Bhule Bisre Geet on Vividh Bharati.
2 O Sajna, barkha bahar aayee, Parakh: The combination of Bimal Roy, Lata Mangeshkar and Sadhana is unbeatable. The rain falls from the roof like a veil.
3 Ghar aja, ghir aye badra, Chhote Nawab: Because I relate rain to songs based on raags.
4 Rim jhim gire sawan, Manzil: In the baritone voice of Kishore, it was an antakshri favourite.
5Ab ke sawan aise barse by Shubha Mudgal: It was the first album I recorded. One of my favourite memories of the song is people dancing to it while playing it in their car at India Gate.
Swanand Kirkire's playlist
1 Ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badra, Lagaan:The way Javed Saheb has written it is poignant.
2 Hai, hai yeh majboori, Roti, Kapada Aur Makaan: How can someone leave behind his sweetheart in the season of love? Particularly when she is Zeenat Aman.
3 Phir se aaiyo badra bidesi, Namkeen: The imagery of decorating the clouds with pearls is poetic.
4 Saawan ke jhoole pade, Jurmana:Lata croons Anand Bakshi's words, set to tune by RD Burman.
5Chakdhoom, dhoom, Dil Toh Paagal Hai: The lyrics might be nonsensical: Ghode jaisi chaal, haathi jaisi dum. But the way Shah Rukh and Madhuri welcome the rain is both mischievous and fun.
From HT Brunch, July 13
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