Darkened skies, raindrops from heaven, two anxious hearts, flowing music and, perhaps, a cup of tea. As monsoon sets foot in southern and western India, a look at 10 Hindi songs that drench you in romance.
Look, here's a different list of memorable rain songs
Mumbai - 04 Jun 2018 22:06 IST
Mumbai has heaved a sigh of relief with the arrival of pre-monsoon showers. Rain brings respite from the scorching tropical heat and prepares us for cooler days.
The change of seasons apart, rains have always held a special place in Hindi cinema. The chill in the air has often served as a great setting for a romantic rendezvous with many a great artiste using the rain to create iconic romantic songs.
Darkened skies, raindrops from heaven, two anxious hearts, flowing music and, perhaps, a cup of tea. Here is a lookback at tracks that drenched you in romance. While we couldn't ignore a few classics, we have chosen to leave out some popular tracks that have already been harped about a lot.
So, without further ado, here is a mélange of memorable rain songs from films and albums.
1. 'Barsaat Mein' – Barsaat (1949)
For a film whose title itself was Rain, Barsaat showered upon us two contrasting love stories. While one was true, the other turned out to be a tragic tale of unrequited love. Neela's (Nimmi's) love for Gopal (Premnath) is pure as a raindrop. If only Gopal had realized the beauty of her love, their story would have been one to remember.
Penned by the great lyricist Shailendra, and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, this song always makes it to every list of memorable Hindi rain songs.
2. 'Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua' – Shree 420 (1955)
You may have seen and heard this song many a time, but we daresay you never tire of it. The song is a lyrical proposal from Ranbir Raj (Raj Kapoor), but the lady, Vidya (Nargis), is too shy to express her feelings. Then the heavens open up, bringing the lovers under one umbrella. This song symbolizes one of the pillars of Hindi cinema — love.
Set to music by Shankar-Jaikishan, this evergreen number sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey was also written by Shailendra.
3. 'Dum Dum Deega Deega' – Chhalia (1960)
Rains and Raj Kapoor were quite inseparable. However, the maverick actor-filmmaker got drenched not as a romantic but as a vagabond in this Kalyanji-Anandji composition written by Qamar Jalalabadi. No prizes for guessing who the singer is — Mukesh.
4. 'Megha Re' – Pyaasa Sawan (1981)
In 1981, the earth was left parched before the love of Chandrakanth (Jeetendra) and Shanti (Moushumi Chatterjee) ended the dry spell in Dasari Narayana Rao's Pyaasa Sawan. Once Suresh Wadkar and Lata Mangeshkar lent their voices to this track, the heavens had to open up. A relatively unheralded composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, this song was written by the even less heralded Santosh Anand.
5. 'Mere Khwabon Mein' – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
A young woman thinking of the unknown man of her dreams sings and dances in the rain. Actress Kajol made the nation swing to the 'Mere Khwabon Mein' song. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the song had not just the women but also the men singing to it. A gem by lyricist Anand Bakshi, 'Mere Khwabon Mein' was set to music by Jatin-Lalit.
6. 'Dekho Naa' – Fanaa (2006)
The beauty of a raindrop is that its purity can even be felt by the sightless. In Kunal Kohli's Fanaa, Zooni (Kajol) can't see her love, but the rains melt her heart as she submits to Rehan (Aamir Khan). This film also had music composed by Jatin and Lalit, who summoned the weather gods to shower a melodious song written by none other than current CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi.
Singers Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan's performance make this one of the finest rain songs of the new millennium.
7. 'Barso Re' – Guru (2007)
Lyricist Gulzar's poetry in the 'Barso Re' song from Mani Ratnam's Guru flowed like rain, going in all directions with a sense of playful melody. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan certainly seemed to be basking in the monsoon as a carefree child of nature. Singer Shreya Ghoshal's voice matched Rai's child-like exuberance perfectly, while AR Rahman did a good job of serving up a melodious storm.
8. 'Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein' remix by Lesle Lewis
Okay, nothing beats the original, but Lesle Lewis produced a remix that seems to be pouring straight from the heavenly Himalayan foothills. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is the original 'Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein'. RD Burman's compostion was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle for Shakti Samanta's Ajanabee (1974). Lewis produced a great cover version with a combination of flute, bass guitar and percussion pad.
9. 'Guzaarish' – Guzaarish (2010)
An unheralded number, which was lost in the handicap of Hrithik Roshan's character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish. The underrated KK doled out a sober melody with the 'Guzaarish' title song. Who else could have composed this ballad but the film's maker himself?
10. 'Teri Meri Kahaani' – Gabbar Is Back (2015)
The moustache wasn't exactly flattering and the rain appeared to be pouring from a graphical cloud, but this rollicking composition by composer Chirantan Bhatt was a huge hit. Artistes Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan's love story was described by lyricist Manoj Yadav as 'baarishon ka paani' and Arijit Singh and Palak Mucchal's singing did not disappoint either.