Tuesday 25 June 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 136

Rain, romance & melody 
25.6.2013, Mumbai

Romance in Hindi films is synonymous with rain sequences. Much before the item numbers dawned into our entertainment business, rain songs were the only ticket to erotica moments in films. Not all of them were explicitly sensual but they reflected a longing, an admission of desire and therefore all these songs were special. We remember some of these numbers for the extra-ordinary lyrics and melody and some for the song situations and choreography.

How can we forget the spirited Aishwarya Rai dancing to ‘barso re megha…’ in 'Guru',  Kareena Kapoor drenched in the shower singing to Rahul Bose in 'Chameli' and before that Madhoo jumping in the paddy fields singing ‘Dil hai chotasa…’ in 'Roja'..?

If ‘Pyar hua iqrar hua…’ with Nargis and Raj Kapoor shot under a windblown umbrella in 'Shri 420' is the anthem for monsoon songs in Hindi films, Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh dancing to ‘Kaale megha kale megha…’ in 'Lagaan' is a song of hope and ‘Badal yun garajta hai ..’ in 'Betaab' a song of reunion where childhood friends Amrita Singh and Sunny Deol meet after a long separation.

The poet always had a new expression for these rain songs depending on the situation and character and the filmmaker combined with choreographer and musician turned these moments magical.

Bhawana Somaaya/ @bhawanasomaaya

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