India is a country that needs just a reason to celebrate. From colors to light, birth to marriage, air, water and soil, pretty much everything is a good reason to rejoice. We aren't complaining at all. This is a country known for cultural diversity. And of all the festivals we celebrate, the year begins with the festival of kites. Some call it Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan or Khichdi. Like every festival here, this one too is known by a lot of names with different stories behind each.
The festival is celebrated by kids and adults alike. The joy of flying a kite can hardly be compared to anything else. And when you're actually allowed to forget everything else and fly kites the entire day, what more could you ask for? It is not just us who know and enjoy flying kites, Bollywood too has time and again celebrated the festival in their movies and songs. Here are five such movies, which have a song dedicated to this festival and flying kites:
This can easily be the most popular of all songs about kites. It is not about the romance, not about the story of the film but just about the fun of flying kites. In all these years, playing "dheel de dheel de de re bhaiya" has become the kite-flying anthem of the country. If this song hasn't been played out loud, kite-flying remains incomplete.
Manjha, Kai Po Che
"Kai Po Che" is a Gujarati term for victory in a kite fight. It is undoubtedly the most shouted phrase on January 14 in Gujarat. This movie based on Chetan Bhagat's novel and marked the debut of the immensely talented Sushant Singh Rajput. The film also has a famous song Manjha.
Ambarsariya however has given a different meaning to kite-flying. It is not about a fight but the beginning of a friendship. Pulkit Samrat's character drops a kite with a message to his neighbour (played by Priya Anand) who throws up the kite saying yes. A very sweet thing to use the kite for, right?
In Ruth Aa Gayee Re, Aamir Khan teaches Nandita Das to fly a kite. And while he teaches, there builds a subtle romance in the moment, which describes the song and the essence of them flying the kite perfectly.
Udi Udi Jaye, Raees
A story set in Gujarat cannot be complete without the festival of kites and Udi Udi Jaye from Raees proves this, yet again. The latest song from the movie has SRK and his leading lady celebrating Uttarayan in this song. Although it seems like a happy song, you can never really say that without watching the movie. So, to know the story behind the song wait till Raees releases in the theatres on January 25.
Do you know more songs that celebrate the spirit of kite-flying? Let us know in the comments below!