Rains are invariably romantic in Bollywood movies. But are they the same in real life too?
The rains have always been important in Bollywood movies. The everlasting image of Raj Kapoor-Nargis under an umbrella from Shree 420 (1955) immediately comes to mind. In the ’90s, we saw Akshay Kumar romance Raveena Tandon while it poured (Mohra; 1994).
More recently, Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor found love in the rain (Aashiqui 2). Now, with the monsoon well and truly upon us, we ask the stars what the real rains, as opposed to the reel version, means to them.
Madhuri Dixit: I love the monsoons and eagerly await it every year. I’m a rain person; I find romanticism in the first rains. We had rains in Denver too, and it was just as beautiful, but it would be accompanied by thunder, lightning and storm, and Arian and Ryan would get scared. Now that we have moved to Mumbai, I’m taking out my kids out in the rain.
Arjun Kapoor: As a kid, monsoon would mean the end of school holidays and start of the new session. Now, it means lazy days, with lots of movies and food. This monsoon is going to be special because I will be shooting for the first time in my life during the Mumbai monsoon.
Karan Johar: For me, monsoon means more and more traffic. Unlike most people, I don’t see anything romantic in it. So the monsoon doesn’t equate to hot pakodas and chai for me. I get nightmares of being stuck in the middle of the road since we are rarely equipped to handle it. So, there’s nothing poetic, romantic or heartening for me. I am very cynical about it.
Esha Gupta: The monsoons reminds me of the long walks that me and four of my friends used to take from school to our house. We picked up bhutta from the roadside and walk. No monsoon feels complete without getting wet. However, I feel sad for the dogs on the streets.
Akshay Kumar: For the first couple of weeks, I love it a lot, since me, my family and everyone from my building play kabaddi in the garden. It’s also that time of the year when the whole of India shares one thing in common — happiness for the farmers of our country. Also, dams get filled and our crops get nourished. So let’s hope for an incredible monsoon this year.
Varun Dhawan: When I was in school, monsoon would mean holidays. And now that I have grown up, it makes for a lot of headache (smiles). But I also know that rains are required because it’s important for agriculture in India. This year, I have no special plans. I maywatch a lot of movies.
Shraddha Kapoor: This year’s monsoon is special for me. The poster of Aashiqui 2 had me and Aditya getting drenched in Mumbai rains. Although the rains always felt romantic, after this poster, I am especially attached to the rains. For the last two days, I have, thankfully, been at home and watching the rains. If I get the time, I will go for a long drive.