The monsoon season, also hailed as the most romantic season, is upon India. Rain is very closely related with Indian Hindi Cinema and it can be said that having rain as a backdrop of a scene forms the crux of any Bollywood movie. Singing, dancing and romantic scenes are typical features of a ‘rain scene’ and this has formed the basis for the many films since the black and white era! The tradition of the typical Bollywood rain scene has appeared to have gone full circle. In the early days, a rain dance would be quite restricted to walking hand-in-hand and singing songs. Further along the line, there was a phase when structured song and dance made an impact; however, the films seem to have now reverted back to the old days of where a rain sequence is coupled with a little dancing. With the rain trend featuring predominantly in an abundance of Bollywood movies, it must be said that this trend will never die out as it is an integral part of Indian Cinema. We take a look at the most memorable rain scenes to date…
1. Shree 420 (1955)
This is a classic film from 1955 which was produced, directed and starred Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Shree 420 was the highest grossing film of 1955 in India and features one of the most memorable and famous sequences in Hindi film history. Raj, played by Raj Kapoor, an orphaned boy, goes to Bombay to try and make his fortune and in the process falls in love a woman named Vidya, played by Nargis. In the iconic rain scene, Raj sings a song named ‘Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua’. The song is still adored across India, with music lovers enjoying the romantic song and others loving the actors’ chemistry!
2. Guru (2007)
Guru is a biographical film, set in 1951 and is loosely based on the life of Dhirubhaj Ambanj, a businessman who founded Reliance Industries, a huge company in India. Throughout the film, Gurant or ‘Guru’, played by Abhishek Bachchan, must overcome a series of professional and personal problems in order to fulfil his ambitious dreams. The rain scene from this movie features the song ‘Barso Re’, composed by A.R Rahman. This rain scene also won a Filmfare Award for ‘Best Choreography’. The rain scene takes place in a beautiful setting, with Aishwarya Rai dancing amongst paddy fields and waterfalls. Unlike most rain scenes, artificial rain was not needed for this scene as it was filmed during monsoon season!
3. Hum Tum (2004)
The song from this 2004 romantic comedy is the title track to the movie. Hum Tum is a movie loosely based on the American movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’. The movie follows the encounters of the two main characters, who eventually fall in love and what better way for their love to be expressed other than a rain scene? As the rain pours, their feelings for each are revealed and they embrace on the beach. How romantic!
4. Lagaan (2001)
Lagaan is definitely one of the Indian classic movies that needs to be mentioned in this list! The film is centred around a small village who, under British Columbia rule, is suffering from a huge drought and therefore are struggling to pay their taxes. The iconic rain scene begins when the people from the village spot the first rain cloud of the year. The villagers then all break out into joyous song and dance, relieved that the drought could finally be ending. Despite the scene not actually shot with any rain, the whole scene revolves around the villagers’ wishes for rain. With one theme of the movie being the anticipation of rain in order to end the drought, it would be rude to not include Lagaan on our list.
5. Dhoom (2004)
A very catchy song from the first in the Dhoom trilogy! The song, named Dilabra, features Uday Chopra and Esha Deol. The scene begins with Uday’s villainous character, Ali, dancing solo, trying to impress his first love interest, Sheena. Sheena then takes to a sexy solo dance with the scene ending with her driving away from Ali in her car.
6. De Dana Han (2009)
De Dana Dan is another comedy released in 2009 staring Katrina Kaif, Askay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. This is very sexy rain song, with Katrina and Akshay dancing romatically underneath a waterful, with Katrina looking stunning in a red ensemble. The scene then changes to the two seductively dancing and singing to Gale Lag Ja. There is no denying that this is one of the sexiest rain songs!
And there you have it, our top six favourite rain songs! There are obviously an abundance of movies from Bollywood that have a stand-out and memorable rainy scenes so we would love to know what are your favourite rain songs?