5 Most Memorable Monsoon Songs

Monsoon is here and with the pitter-patter of raindrops, it brings with it a feeling of happiness, a cool breeze, and nature drenched in rain. After days of scorching heat, we are in for a good shower! The grass and the trees are bright green against the brooding grey of the clouds beyond. The scorching temperatures of summer in most of India have abated., and more has been predicted!

So. in celebration of such beautiful weather here are some rain songs in Hindi Films that have captured the heightened emotions during monsoons very well – from childhood playfulness to being in love to the longing in love or simply the anticipation of rains that is the harbinger of the good life.

Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si – Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi 1958

This is a classic Kishore Kumar song with all his madness. There is no rain in this song except the rain-soaked Madhubala who has inspired the song, This rain song is all about a rain-soaked girl out alone at night. You just get a glimpse of the girl; the whole focus is on Kishore Kumar the mechanic who can play music with his tools. You cannot but admire the music by S D Burman.

Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein, Ajnabee (1974)

Evocative lyrics coupled with unflinching canoodling best describes Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman’s sizzling wet rendezvous on the terrace. The lilting music is by RD Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.

 O Sajna Barkha Bahaar Aayi (Parakh, 1960, Salil Choudhary, Shailendra, Lata Mangeshkar)

In this black & white rain song not only is the music superb, so is the singing—Lata’s at her best. And while a young Sadhana (in one of her first films) is endearing, the imagery of the rain is what makes O sajna… stand out. Drops fall on leaves and trickle off the petal of a hibiscus flower. Rain splashes into puddles and drips into a large bowl left out to catch water. It pours down the sloping edge of a roof and forms a tiny pool in our heroine’s cupped hand as she sings to the man she loves… can the monsoon get any more romantic?

Ghanan Ghanan Ghan – Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan was India’s entry to the Oscar’s in 2001 and was set in a village in western India where the rainfall is unpredictable and scant. The song is the expression of the entire village looking up hopefully at the dark grey clouds.

Rim Jhim Gire Saavan – Manzil 1979

Amitabh Bachchan and Moushmi Chatterji still raw in their earlier careers walk on Mumbai roads and beaches giving you the glimpse of the city as it used to be 40 years ago when people could still enjoy rains. There are two versions of the song, one sung by Kishore Kumar which is incidentally picturized totally indoors. The Lata Mangeshkar version is where you see the rain, the Mumbai and the just in love lead pair.

Rim Jhim Gire Sawan always gives me that feeling of being soaked in rains to the bone, like being one with the rain. Of course, the haunting music by R D Burman just multiplies it manifold.



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