Bollywood’s evergreen romance with the rains

Remember the melodious tunes of  “Pyaar hua ikraar hua” from Shree 420, with Raj Kapoor and Nargis immersed in their own world in the studio rains? The scene was one of the first rain romances in Hindi films, a trendsetter of kinds. The memory of this scene brings a smile to our lips after even more than half a century.

Amidst the traffic, dirt and puddles, Bollywood showcases a beauteous perspective of rains – the emotions. From the depiction of liberation to portrayal of love blossoming, rains have often been used to add beauty and passion to human emotions. Let’s relive some of the iconic Bollywood rain scenes!

The cheer in the changing winds

Rains undoubtedly add to the joie-de-vivre of Kareena Kapoor in the movie Chameli. A red-blue saree clad Kareena dancing without   inhibitions or a care in the world, depicts liberation beautifully. In India, monsoon is not just a season but also a means of survival for the farmers. It is a harbinger of joy and the fulfilment of aspirations, like in the movie Lagaan. The mere sight of black clouds in the sky makes the villagers rejoice in unison. 

The grief in the dark times

The thunder and lightning, followed by a downpour, add to the intensity of the storm  in the protagonist’s life. One such popular scene is from the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Shahrukh Khan makes his way in the crowded Chandni Chowk to meet his lady love, only to learn about the demise of her father. In the scene, the rains blend seamlessly with the tears of Kajol and Shahrukh, conveying emotions better than words! Isn’t the deep connection between the pain and rain magical?

The romantic thunders

From longing to expressing, rains capture the essence of love and passion beautifully in the movies. Who can forget popular numbers like “Ik ladki bheegi bhaagi si” (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi), “Rimjhim gire saawan (Manzil),“Haye haye yeh majboori” and “Tip tip barsa Paani”!

Our monsoon playlist:

  1. Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua (Shree 420 – 1955)
  2. Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi (Chori Chori – 1956)
  3. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi – 1958)
  4. Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke (Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke – 1969)
  5. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (Ajnabi – 1972)
  6. Haye Haye Yeh Majboori (Roti Kapada Aur Makaan – 1974)
  7. Rimjhim Gire Sawan (Manzil- 1979)
  8. Aaj Rapat Jaaye (Namak Halal- 1982)
  9. Rim Jhim Rim Jhim (1942- A love story-1994)
  10. Bhaage Re Mann (Chameli- 2003)

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