Celebrating love and longing in the rains, Bollywood style!
If Sammy Cahn had been born in India, he would have written “Let It Rain! Let It Rain!” instead of his iconic Christmas song. More than cricket, it’s the love of the monsoon that unites our country. And what better way to celebrate geeli mitti kee khushboo than with some Bollywood songs that remind us of love, longing and renewal.
So if you are looking to expand your monsoon playlist to something beyond Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua, Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, Na Jaane Kahan Se Aaayi Hai & Tip Tip Barsaa Paani, here are a few drops of inspiration. MBRB recommends the best Hindi rain songs ever – let’s get drenched!
Dam Dam Diga Diga (Chhalia)
This one’s for our childhood, when the first proper shower would have us pouring into the street, shouting and screaming the first line ad infinitum.
Rim Jhim Ke Tarane Lekar Aayi Barsaat (Kaala Bazaar)
Mohd. Rafi and Geeta Dutt’s immortal voices, picturised on the oh-so-romantic Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, is guaranteed to remind you of your first love.
Rim Jhim Gire Saawan (Manzil)
If you want a feel of a Bombay in the 70’s, watch Amitabh Bachchan and Moushmi Chatterjee wander the streets of the city as they get drenched in the rains. There is none of the usual Bollywood melodrama, but it is the very simplicity of their chaste hand holding and shared joy of togetherness that makes this such a pleasurable song.
Aaj Rapat Jaye (Namak Halal)
Big B in a red jacket gets naughty with Smita Patil in a white-and-red saari, and the wet-red-saari sequence becomes a part of Bollywood folklore. Let’s hear it for the original.
Choti se kahaani Se (Ijaazat)
Gulzaar’s poetry set to R.D. Burman’s music, with the dreamy Western Ghats as a backdrop : It’s time to head to Khandala or Amboli.
Dil Hai Chota Sa (Roja)
Technically this is not a rain song, but there is something about the dark clouds in the turquoise sky and Madhoo dancing with abandon under the gushing waterfall that reminds us of monsoon and renewal.
Megha Re Megha (Lamhe)
Anil “Kunwarji” Kapoor falls in love with Sridevi’s Pallo as he watches her welcome the first drizzle in the sizzling desert, and who can blame him?
Rim Jhim Rum Jhum (1942: A Love Story)
Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor ooze romance as they play hide and seek in the rains. R.D. Burman’s final melodious masterpiece is an ode to love and longing, 40’s style.
Saawan Barse Tarse Dil (Dahek)
The movie bombed, but we confess this remains one of our favourite rain songs. Yet another ode to Bombay, but what we remember best is a young Akshaye Khanna getting drenched in a red shirt. Sigh.
Bhaage Re Mann (Chameli)
Are you still cooped up inside your house (or cubicle)? Go spread your wings, you are the Dancing Queen!
Boondein ke Moti (Wake Up Sid)
It has transitioned from Bombay to Mumbai, and the images are now Photoshopped, but the big bouncing sea waves are a constant in every monsoon song about the city of dreams. Go live yours.
Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti, Woh Baarish Ka Paani (Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh)
After the surfeit of mischief and romance comes nostalgia; and who better than Hindi music’s King of Soul to remind us of woh chotti se raatein, woh lambi kahani?
What did we miss? Tell us your favourite baarish song in the comments below!