Monsoon Jukebox I

Since it is the second week of June, the monsoon is officially here. I have meticulously listed out all my favorite songs that celebrate rain over the years. I had been overwhelmed initially at the prospect of doing so I thought I am under an obligation to start with the black and white era. I research to look for such from that period. I was soon exhausted and reasoned with myself that if I cant write want I really want to write about what is the point of having a blogging site of my own. So here I am today with my favorite music playlist featuring rains. The intention was to list songs from the 90s but I just could not drop Do naina ek kahani[1] from Masoom composed by RD Burman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Aarti Mukherjee. Although the emotions of the main characters have been captured perfectly and everyone has extremely well till day what fascinates me the most is how the rain has been used as a metaphor for crying. Shabana Azmi looks gorgeous and all three child artists look super adorable.

Megha re megha[2] from Lamhe has been penned down by Anand Bakshi, composed by Shiv Hari, sung by Ila Arun and Lata Mangeshkar. Jhoothi muthi mitva[3] from Rudaali has been penned down by Gulzar, composed by Bhupen Hazarika, and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. While Lata Mangeshkar continues to be more widely know, I prefer her contemporary Ila Arun’s folk touch. Usually known for her rustic independent music is refreshing to come across songs sung by Ila Arun in movies. Both the songs capture the essence of Rajasthan perfectly well through the lyrics and use of instruments. Rains are much awaited and celebrated in the region in light of its’ dry arid climate. The leading ladies Sri Devi and Dimple Kapadia dressed in traditional attire of the state, look fetching. Badal ghumadh badh aye[4] sung by Suresh Wadkar from the movie Saaz is a fragment from Malhar Raga traditionally associated with the night of monsoon season. According to the legend, Malhar is so powerful that when sung, rain falls from the sky.

The decade also gave us some quintessential romantic songs related to rain. There is an inexplicable old-school charm about Rim jhim rim jhim[5] from 1942 A Love Story, composed by R. D. Burman and sung by Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy. Manisha Koirala’s breathtaking beauty undoubtedly adds to the cham. Sawan barse tarse dil[6] from Dahek written by Shyam Raj, directed by Aadesh Shrivastava, and sung by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam literally takes you back to another era when romance was so much simpler. Sonali Bendre and Akshay Khanna are totally relatable as a couple who has just fallen in love braving Mumbai rains to make it to their first date. Mumbai rains have been captured not only through shots of Marine Drive and the iconic Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station but through the traffic jam that plagues the streets during the monsoon season. I was reminded of my childhood on seeing Akshay Khanna play football with school kids and Sonali Bendre cycle the rains. The sultry rain dance between Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon, took Tip tip barsa paani[7] from Mohra written by Anand Bakshi and sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik to another level altogether. For an extremely funny review on the cult status of the song check out Zakir Khan’s Kabhi gana kabhi logic[8]. Koi ladhki hai[9] from Dil to pagal hai penned down by Anand Bakshi and sung by Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar is undoubtedly one of the most adorable rain dances to ever adorn the silver screen with a supporting cast of children and others which dances on the beats as enthusiastically as Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

Although Chhai Chhap Chhai[10] from Hu Tu Tu written by Gulzar and sung by Hariharan and Lata Mangeshkar features Sunil Shetty and Tabu on a beach but since the lyrics refer to a puddle it could might as well be used as a synonym for rains. Mausam ki sargam ko sun[11] from Khamoshi authored by  Majrooh Sultanpuri and sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shraddha can only be said to refer to rains through a certain interpretation favoring rains as they make an appearance in the video. The picturization is really close to my heart as my dadi too once tried teaching me how to sing as she was trained in Rabindra Sangeet. The song also captures familial love heartwarmingly. The ever-so-popular Ek bagiya mein[12] from Sapnay composed by A R Rahman, and sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Sreeni Chitra is featuring in this list as well because of a line dedicated to rains amongst other wonders of nature. I can never grow tired of watching Kajol, Nassar, Arvind Swamy, Prabhu Deva and the rest of the junior artists dance with gay abandon in the song. Okay! Arvind Swamy doesn’t dance but since I got a crush on him I am okay with him looking plain exasperated as well. Taal se taal mila[13] from Taal composed A R Rahman, and sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik featuring Aishwarya Rai’s ethereal beauty and nature at its best is one of the more known songs in this list. The video of Main boondon se baatein[14] from Thakshak penned down by Mehboob and sung by Sujata Trivedi is a sight to behold thanks to Tabu’s liveliness.

Here we come to an end regarding songs dedicated to rains from the 90s. Hope these songs brighten up your day as you enjoy the monsoons with a warm cup of tea. You can also check out the jukebox of Rudali, Lamhe, Saaz, 1942 A Love Story, Khamoshi, Sapnay, Taal, and Thakshak while you are at it as they boast of some lovely melodies.















4 Comments Add yours

  1. shreerj says:

    The Zakhir Khan review video inclusion was hilarious ;D


    1. Yeah! It is! Glad you liked it 😀


  2. Shreyas says:

    This is very good list. I was looking for rain songs recently and was creating a Spotify list. Many of the songs were already on my list but the “Boondon se baatein” and the “Mausam ki sargam ko sun” were added thanks to you. And it was my first time ever listening to “Mausam ke sargam ko sun”.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you liked the songs 😀


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