This week, we welcome the arrival of what is probably the most romantic season of all on celluloid — the monsoon. Some of the most iconic musical moments on the big screen have been captured or set during the time when raindrops bounce off the streets, with the heroine’s pallu fluttering away in the wind. Be it Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt’s fiery passion in ‘Pyaar hua ikraar hua’ (Shree 420, 1955) or Akshay Kumar-Raveena Tandon in ‘Tip tip barsa paani’ (Mohra, 1994), the rains in cinema have always been integral to song and dance sequences. Read on to find out what tinsel town has to say about their favourite rain songs.
Monsoon is a very romantic season: Adnan Sami
There are a few songs that I think of only during the rains — ‘Rim jhim gire saawan’ from Manzil (1979) is just so pleasant and ‘Barsaat mein humse mile tum’ (Barsaat, 1949) makes me want to go out and dance in joy. I think the monsoon is a very romantic season.
For me, it means Amitji and Smitaji dancing in the rain: Bappi Lahiri
My favourite rain song is ‘Aaj rapat jayen’ from Namak Halal (1982), because Amitji and Smitaji danced so well in the rain. Also, I can’t forget how Aamir Khan stood the whole night in the rain singing ‘Tip tip baarish’
to his beloved in Afsana Pyaar Ka (1991). Such moments are full of romance and joy.
‘Tip tip barsa paani’ is sexy, yet not vulgar: Alka Yagnik
A landmark song in my career was ‘Tip tip barsa paani’ (Mohra, 1994). Raveena Tandon in that iconic yellow sari epitomised seductiveness. The song was such a big hit and was picturised so beautifully. There was no hint of vulgarity, just seductiveness and sensuousness. Another romantic rain song is ‘Rimjhim ke geet saawan gaaye’ from Anjaana (1969) by Lataji and Rafi Saab.
‘Ek ladki bheehi-bhaagi si’: Anu Malik
Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, 1958) was a full on ‘dil-dhadkaane wala gaana’. It had Kishore Da’s voice, Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics and Madhubala’s breathtaking beauty captured in black and white. Whenever I close my eyes and listen to this song, the whole scene comes alive.
The rains are a conspiracy of nature to bring lovers closer: Prasoon Joshi
‘Dekho na’ from Fanaa (2006) had a beautiful take on the monsoon. The approach to the composition was quite unique! It says that the rains are nothing but a conspiracy of nature to bring lovers closer! Aamir Khan and Kajol in a full-blown romantic song were also a real treat to watch.