Friday, June 12, 2009

MY FAVOURITE RAIN SONGS

It is monsoons...
The streets look washed....
Skies look silver and misty.......
The trees are swaying.....
The air smells fresh.....
The world looks great.....
Its time to clear your throat and hum a rain song, for rains are finally here!!!!!
Here goes the list of my favorite rain songs from Bollywood........


Lagi aaj sawan ki phir wo jhadi hai - Chandni
OHhh....the anguish of unfulfilled love touches a chord down there....add to that the haunting music of Shiv-Hari and Suresh wadkar's lilting voice. The picturisation too is beautiful with both the ladies - Sridevi and Juhi Chawla - looking stunning in rain soaked avatars. Vinod Khanna as the anguished lover looks perfect. The lyrics too are poignant enough to create a stir within you and your heart goes out to Lalit (character played by Vinod Khanna) as he sings this beautiful song in the memory of someone he loved dearly. Truly a Yash Chopra gem.


Rim jhim gire sawan - Manzil
Oh I love the Lata version more than the Kishore’s. This version is a lot more happier, bubblier and less serious than the one just picturised on Amitabh. Not to say that I don’t enjoy the other version but visually this song is a delight. The picturisation is all about letting go off your inhibitions and just soak in the joys of life. An afternoon bunked from work just to be with your man and get drenched in rains holding each others hands – o boy just my idea of a perfect date. Moushami and Amitabh make an odd yet an endearing couple and what is specially appealing in this version is the way Moushami is running on the Marine Drive parapet holding Abhi’s hand. Divine I tell you.


Pyaar hua ikraar hua hai - Shree 420
This is the iconic song picturised on Bollywood’s first couple – Nargis and Raj Kapoor. Who can ignore the sizzling chemistry between the two, The look on Nargis’ face as she shares an umbrella – so near yet so far – with Raj. The beautiful lyrics “ Kehta hai dil rasta mushki, Malum nahin hai kahan manzil “ so aptly describes the turmoil which the couple is undergoing even while professing undying love for each other. What makes this song so amazing is the presence of three kapoor kids crossing the road even as Raj Kapoor sings, “ Hum na rahenge, tum na rahoge, Phir bhi rahengi nishaaniyan”. Truly Raj Kapoor and Nargis live on with the legacy they left behind. This song ti;ll date remains unparalled in Hindi cinema. A rare gem which comes once in a lifertime.


Choti si kahani se - Ijaazat
No protagonist, no situation, no drama, no romance. What kind of a rain song is this, you would ask. Well, this is one rain song which is sensuous and beautiful in its own unique way (Check out the video). This song comes during the first credits of tge film. The beautiful falls, the train passing through the ravines and haunting lyrics by Gulzar saab combined with Pancham Da’s magic makes this one of the loveliest rain songs ever in Hindi cinema. If aesthetics in association with water has to be found expressed in all the imaginable water formations, from ice to rain to gurgling streams to meandering rivers and finally to tears, it has to be this song. It has epitomized water in its entireity and it maybe considered one of the finest ode to the magnificient gift of nature that is rain.


Rim jhim rim jhim - 1942 A love story
RD Burman’s swan song. Unfortunately, Pancham Da did not live to see the magic his score created among masses and classes alike. A saree clad coy Manisha Coirala hilding a frilly umbrella in her hand, being wooed by the handsome dude, Anil Kapoor makes this song a visual delight. The leading pair adds to the song with their wonderful chemistry as they sing and get drenched in the rains, trying to forget the ravages of partition that the country is going through at that moment. This song beautifully penned down by Javed Saab is one of the most aesthetically pleasing songs seen in Hindi cinema.

More to follow soon...........




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14 comments:

hitchwriter said...

first !

hitchwriter said...

wow lovely songs !!!!!

I like each and every one of them !!!

Rhim Jhim gire saawan is a favourite... !!!

If i had to add one.. I would add...

bheegi bheegi raaton mein,...

अनिल कान्त : said...

aapki post se ek roomani ehsaas hua
i like ur writing !!

Aniket said...

Nice list. Have a couple I like there too. :)

And am glad you didn't include 'Dekho barish ho rahi hai... its raining....' up there. lol

Renu said...

I like the first one the most..beautiful song and lovely picturisation.
Second one is also very good, but picturisation is not so matching to the words.
I would add...
Megha chaye ( sharmilee)
Megha re megha re (pyaasa sawan)

Solilo said...

All are beautiful choices. Rhim jhim gire saawan is a fav. because of the background scenes. It looks so real.

Dewdrop said...

I love Rim Jhim Gire sawaan... it brings back wonderful memories of rain, wet earth, hot pakoras, warm milk and a mother's hug!

i am what i am said...

@hitchwriter: thanks dhiren.....they are such beautiful songs...the song you mentioned is going to come up in the next list...

@anil kant: thank you so much

i am what i am said...

@aniket: thanks yaar and yeah thank god that i have some sense as far as my musical taste goes.....


@renu: thanks renu....do you mean rim jhim gire sawan from manzil? you know that is my all time favourite lata song too...i didnt understand...you didnt like the song or my explanation regarding the song?????

i am what i am said...

@solilo: thank you solilo


Dewdrop: i know. that song is bloody masterpiece....its such an endearing song...i dont know of one single person who enjoys hindi music not liking this song you know...its beautiful in one word

Renu said...

rimjhim gire sawan..I like when I listen the song wevry much but dont like the picturisation of this on amitabh and maushami..I feel the song is very sensuaous as per the wordings and picturisation is not so its more on the funny side:)

Preeti said...

i loved the one from chandni ...its one of my favs ...I also like the one from lamhe ..megha re megha ..

enjoy the season of love ...

J P Joshi said...

Rains are finally here....Pyar hua, ikrar hua is a classic. Raj Kapoor and Nargis together left a magical spell in this song. Agree with you, "A rare gem which comes once in a lifertime."

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