Years have passed, generations have changed, but one trend remains constant in the Hindi film industry – Cultural festivities being a part of films. And through the years, if any festival can be voted as the favorite; it has to be Holi. Yes, the festival of colors is the preferred celebration in Hindi films. However, we are not complaining! Holi is indeed the most anticipated, fun-filled and admired festival of the nation.
From Raaj Kumar–Nargis in Mother India and Amitabh Bachchan–Rekha in Silsila to Ranbir Kapoor–Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Bollywood’s tryst with Holi has definitely come a long way. The first song to ever create a stir among the masses was in the ’50s cult classic, Mother India. Picturized on the evergreen actors Raaj Kumar and Nargis, Holi Aayi Re showcased love amidst the cheerful chaos of colors. Years later, superstar Rajesh Khanna took forward the baton and charmed us with the fun-filled Holi song, Aaj Na Chodenge (Kati Patang) alongside the beautiful Asha Parekh.
Even Sholay, the biggest blockbuster of all time, gave us the superhit Holi Ke Din, picturized on Dharmendra and Hema Malini. But the song that continues to remain a favorite even today is Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha’s Rang Barse (Silsila). Considered as a mass favorite, Holi celebrations would be incomplete without this iconic song, don’t you think?
And how can the Badshah of Bollywood not be included in this list? Be it romance, dance or even celebrating Holi – Shah Rukh Khan has done it all. We saw him sing, dance and make a splash in Soni Soni (Mohabbatein) alongside Aishwariya Rai Bachchan. The song Holi Khelein Raghuveera (Baghban), sung by Mr. Bachchan, is also one of the most popular Holi songs of all time.
One has to agree that no matter how many times we listen to these songs, they continue to entertain us and enliven the festivities. With Bollywood getting trendier day-by-day, so is the portrayal of this festival onscreen. Remember the foot-tapping dance number Do Me a Favour, Let’s Play Holi from Waqt? Picturized on Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra, the song had a quirky yet refreshing charm to it. It’s no surprise that it became an instant hit among the masses!
And last but not the least, 2013 witnessed another song about Holi. Featuring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Balam Pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) became an instant favorite at Holi celebrations that year!
We love how this fun-filled festival has beautifully evolved from the golden era to the present day in Bollywood. And with the entire nation looking forward to Holi this Friday, we are sure these songs will definitely rule the celebrations. Here’s wishing everyone a very happy and Bollywood-themed Holi!