The month of Shravan brings in festivities, celebrations and yes, long weekends. Janmashatmi, commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna is one such festival. The best part of it is of course Dahi Handi, which is celebrated with much gusto and zeal. It is enthralling to watch the youngsters form a human pyramid to break a butter-filled earthen pot.
Dahi Handi has been an integral part of Hindi films. Over the years, many of our favorite Bollywood stars celebrated Dahi Handi on screen. The various songs featuring Bollywood stars brings alive the joyous spirit of the festival.
"Govidaa aalaa re aalaa zaraa mataki sambhaal brijabaalaa". Who can forget the incandescent Shammi Kapoor dancing to this number from the superhit film, Bluffmaster (1963). Sung by Mohammad Rafi, this classic number is still a favorite in the Dahi Handi celebrations. The trademark style of Shammi Kapoor never fails to entertain us.
"Govinda govinda govinda teen batti wala, apni sena ko lekar aala re aala"… The tunes of Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi blend in to express the exhilaration accompanying the festivities that begin with Dahi Handi. Shatrughan Sinha and Sunil Dutt in Muqabla (1969) gave many Bollywood fans another excuse to celebrate the festival with color and pomp.
"Mach gayaa shor saari nagari re, saari nagari re, Aayaa biraj kaa baka sambhaal teri gagari re"… With the same burst of energy and freshness as Khaike paan Banaras-wala from Don (1978), Amitabh Bachchan creates the perfect aura of festivity in this track from Khuddaar (1982). You can’t miss the flirtatious Amitabh Bachchan, trying to woo the beautiful Parveen Babi. This ebullient and lilting Rajesh Roshan composition, will remind you of the playful tricks of Lord Krishna on Radha.
"Shor mach gaya shor ho, dekho aya makhan chor", from the film Badla (1974) featuring Shatrughan Sinha, is yet another foot-thumping Dahi Handi number. Raju dada and his gang surely influenced many youngsters.
Bollywood has been capturing the myriad shades of festivity through its songs and films. In the more recent times, we have Vijay Dinanath Chauhan’s entry in Agneepath (2012). We can’t help but gawk as the chiseled Hrithik Roshan as he runs through the cheering crowd, climbs up the human pyramid and breaks the matka. Simply awe-inspiring! And the most-recent addition to the Dahi Handi celebration is the energetic number from OMG, featuring Prabhudheva and Sonakshi Sinha. Need an excuse to dance, just play this track.
Also meet Nandu Bhide. "Nadhu Bhide, dimag me kidde, now you watching me speaking English." After Amitabh Bachchan, now it is Abhisekh Bachchan’s turn to break the butter-filled pot in his upcoming film Happy New Year, also starring Shahrukh Khan, Boman Irani and Deepika Padukone.
Ala re ala govinda ala from Kala Bazaar, Har Taraf from Vastaav, Chandni Ki daal from Hello Brother, the list of Dahi Handi songs in Hindi cinema are innumerable. Whether it’s Salman Khan oozing charm or Prabhudheva’s killer dance moves, Bollywood sure has added zing to our Janmashtami and Dahi Handi celebrations.