This Friday I am back with my favorite monsoon playlist starting from the early 2000s. The first song to feature in today’s list is probably one of the best situational songs that pay a tribute to the rains to have ever adorned the silver screen; Ghanan Ghanan from Lagaan composed by AR Rehman, written by Javed Akhtar, and sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. The authority wielded by rains over the fortunes of simple village folks based in a quaint little town in the middle of nowhere is conveyed touchingly. The farmers depend on rainfall alone to grow crops through which they pay tax to the Britishers. Therefore, it is essential for their well-being. The lyrics, composition, choreography, costumes, production design come together to create a cinematic gem. Bhage re man kahin from Chameli sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and written by Irshad Kamil and Barso re from Guru composed by AR Rehman, written by Gulzar and sung by Shreya Ghoshal are two more such dedicated to the monsoon albeit a little differently. Though I am not much of a fan of Kareena Kapoor, I cannot imagine any other actress dancing to Bhage re man kahin with childlike abandon. Rahul Bose’s presence in the background adds oodles of charm to the general feel of the song. As for the latter having been so sure that Aishwarya Rai’s features couldn’t be captured against the backdrop of the mountains in traditional attire any better than Taal, I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong by Barso re.
This section includes romantic songs which have fascinated me with their lyrics and soft melody in equal measure. Ek sapna hona chahti hoon from Stumped sung by Shaswati Phukan has always reminded me of the intimate caress that new love can be for our souls and hearts. The most soothing thing about the song has to be the incorporation of the sound of raindrops falling. Raveena Tandon as the newly-wed bride in love full of aspirations is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the link for the original video of the song as it appears in the movie. Janiye from Summer 2007 is a passionate love song where rain finds a mention. It is the kind of song I can be found singing out loud in my love when in love or maybe while fantasizing about love itself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the link for the original video of the song as it appears in the movie. If you do manage to find it, do check it out for the sake of Yuvika Chaudhary’s refreshing screen presence. Boondon ke moti from Wake up Sid sung by Salim Merchant, composed by Amit Trivedi, and written by Javed Akhtar is the last song to feature here which is not a duet. The link I have provided here is from the movie itself as it is really close to my heart due to its relatable depiction of Mumbai and the bond shared by Ayesha and Siddharth. Aye udhi udhi from Saathiya composed by AR Rehman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Adnan Sami for would always be reminiscent of the honeymoon phase after marriage as is evident from the sizzling chemistry between Aditya and Suhaani. Dekho na from Fanna written by Prasoon Joshi and sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan brought back the old-school romantic charm of dancing in the rain with your partner at a time when such songs were on the decline in the industry.
If you are a Sooraj Bharjatya fan like me you probably watch Hum aapke hain kaun and Hum saath saath hain every time it comes on T.V. You might have also noted Rajshree Production’s fondness for rain dances, be it Bhabhi tum khushiyon ka khazana or be it Mari hivdhami nache more. By the 2000s, these rain dances were accompanied by romantic songs that featured rain even in the lyrics. Milan abhi adha adhura hai from Vivah, sung by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal draws a beautiful comparison between falling in love in an arranged marriage set up and enjoying the rains. The song features two lovely couples; Prem-Poonam and Sunil-Bhawna along with the cutesy Rajni and Rahul played by Amrita Prakash and Amey Pandya who debuted with this movie. The picturization is as much about family picnics as falling in love in true Rajshree style. Crushing on Samir Soni since I first laid my eyes on him made it even more popular with me. Jhirmir jhirmir megha barse from Ek vivaah aisa bhi sung by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal is not only acts as the focal point of the leading couple, Prem and Chandni’s relationship but is an ode to rain itself similar to those of yesteryears. The friends of the couple are equally adorable in the song.
I have always loved songs where the lyrics comprise of a person cooing how being far away from their beloved is equivalent to being deprived of rain. I guess it reminds me of the time I was in a long-distance relationship for five years. Aooge jab tum o sajnafrom Jab we met written by Faaiz Anwar, directed by Sandesh Sandilya, and sung by Ustad Rashid Khan is one such song. Geet’s transformation from being a vivacious bundle of joy to a forlorn woman nursing a broken heart and Aditya’s heart-breaking reaction to the same always gets to me. Tore bin from Kahaani written by Anvita Dutt and sung by Sukhwinder Singh is a favorite that I tend to sing along while listening to it. Sukhwinder Singh’s powerful vocals, Vidya’s despair at not being able to trace her husband, and the way the ethos of the city of joy has been captured lend an enchantingly nostalgic quality to it.
With this, the list comes to an end here. The last song to feature in the list is from the Kahaani which was released in 2012. That is because Ye mausam ki barish and Mohabbat barsa dena just didn’t manage to enrapture me the way the songs mentioned did. Having been so fond of dancing I just couldn’t stop here. So here is a list of songs to check out if you are an equally big fan of watching people dancing in the rains on screen;
- Kajol dancing with gay abandon in Mere khwabon mei jo aye from Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge
- Some family-style dancing in Aa ja nachle from Monsoon wedding and Mana ke hum yaar nahin from Meri pyari Bindu
- Romantic couple dance in Raatein nahi kat ti from Mr. India, the iconic rain dance in Kuch kuch hota hai, Mhari hivdhami from Hum saath saath hain, Jo haal dil ka from Sarfarosh, the title song of Dillagi, O ajnabee from Main pyar ki deewani hoon, Idhar chala main udhar chala from Koi mil gaya, O Sainyan from Agneepath, Saanso ko sanso mein from Hum Tum, Shauk hai from Guru, Tum se hi from Jab we met, Cham Cham from Baghi