By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Sep 7 (IANS) Be it the softly romantic "Pyar hua iqraar hua"
from "Sri 420" or the frankly sensual "Aaj rapat jayen" from "Namak
Halaal", rain songs have been a constant in Bollywood films down the
ages. Here, stars and directors list their favourites:
Saif Ali Khan: My favourite rain song will have to be "Tip tip barsa
pani" from the film "Mohra". I like the lyrics and the ambience created by
Hema Malini: I'll choose one of my own songs. It will have to be
"Rama rama gazab" from "Naya Zamana". It was a scene where this rich
girl gets in a folk costume and sings and dances in the rain with the folks in
the basti. I loved the simplicity and grace of the moment. And it was filmed
with great dignity.
Shabana Azmi: "Pyar hua iqraar hua" from "Sri 420". It contains the
iconic image of Nargis singing to Raj Kapoor with her entire soul embodied
under the umbrella as the three little kids (actually, Raj Kapoor's real-life
children) pass by.
Urmila Matondkar: "Pyar hua iqraar hua" in "Sri 420" had an
unforgettable melody by Shankar-Jaikishan, truly sensuous sung by Manna
Dey and Lata Mangeshkar and great chemistry between Raj Kapoor and
Nargis. I also love my own "Geela geela pani" from "Satya". Lataji's voice,
Vishal Bharadwaj's composition and Gulzar saab's lyrics soak you in
ravishing rain even if you are perched in a parched desert.
Alka Yagnik: "Rimjhim ke geet saawan gaye" by Lataji and Mohammad
Rafi saab in "Anjana" and my own "Tip tip barsa pani" from "Mohra", for
different reasons - first one because it's the height of romance and the other
because it's very seductive.
Bappi Lahiri: My favourite rain song is "Aaj rapat jayen" from "Namak
Halaal" because Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) and Smitaji (Smita Patil)
danced so well in the rain. I also like "Tip tip barish" from "Afsana Pyar
Ka" where Aamir Khan stood the whole night in the rain singing to his
beloved. Very romantic!
Vipul Shah: "Pyar hua iqrar hua" from "Sri 420" because it's romantic
and sexy, and still not vulgar.
Aftab Shivdasani: "Tip tip barsa pani" from "Mohra", I had loved it on
the audio. I loved it even more when I saw it on screen featuring Akshay
Kumar and Raveena Tandon.
Mahesh Bhatt: It will have to be "Dil tera diwana hai sanam". The black
and white film "Dil Tera Diwana", which I saw in primary school, still
twinkles in my mind. It was a great tune by Shankar-Jaikishan. And there
were super performances by Shammi Kapoor and Mala Sinha soaked in
rain and marinated in the spice of nostalgia.
Pritam Chakbraborty: "Rimjhim gire sawan" in "Manzil". I love the
song. Awesome composition by Rahul Dev Burman, fabulous lyrics by
Yogesh and terrific singing by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. And
it was shot on Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee on Marine
Drive. I loved the chemistry between them. I also like "Dilbara" from
"Dhoom" because it's my tune and I like how Abhishek Bachchan, Uday
Chopra and Esha Deol romp in the rain.
Zayed Khan: It would have to be "Kaate nahin kat-te yeh din yeh raat"
from "Mr. India". It had Sridevi in a wet blue chiffon sari at her sensuous
best. She projected the quintessential Indian woman. Simply super!
Rahul Bose: Sridevi in "Kate nahin kat-te yeh din yeh raat" gave an
entirely new definition to the 'blue wet Indian clingy sari' trick. She was in
splendid form. Pure magic. And the rains did the rest.
Rituparno Ghosh: "Chotisi kahani se, baarishon ke paani se" in the film
"Ijaazat". Gulzar bhai has written other rain songs like "Barse phuhar" in
"Thodisi Bewafaii" and "Phirse aayo barda bidesi" in "Namkeen". But the
"Ijaazat" song remains special. It defined the entire mood of the film. I wish
I could've used it in my own film "Raincoat".
Madhur Bhandarkar: My favourite rain song is "Rimjhim gire saawan"
from "Manzil". It has an earthy aromatic feel to it and has been shot
candidly in the streets of Mumbai.
Aadesh Shrivastava: "Bheegi-bheegi raaton mein" from "Ajnabee" sung
by Kishore da and Lata Mangeshkar. What I like the most about the song
is the on-screen pair Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman.
Manoj Bajpai: "Rim-jhim gire sawan" in "Manzil". It's simple yet
sensuous. I don't like in-the-face sensuality. I don't think we can capture
that mood ever again. We aren't that simple any longer.
David Dhawan: "Hai hai yeh majboori" in "Roti Kapda Aur Makaan".
Laxmikant-Pyarelal's tune, Lataji's singing, Zeenat Aman on screen and
Manoj Kumar's direction. What else?
Raveena Tandon: "Ab ke sawan" by Shubha Mudgal. It has amazing
energy. And it immediately makes me want to get wet and wild in the rain.
"Lagi aaj sawan ki phir vo jhadi hai" in "Chandni" when the rain makes me
mellow moody and romantic.
Rajit Kapur: "Rimjhim gire sawan" - it's a brilliant composition, serene
and sensuous, fragrant and romantic, and to this day, as fresh as the first
Sammir Dattani: I've three favourite rain songs from three eras. I love
"Tip tip baarish shuroo ho gayi" from "Afsana Pyar Ka". As kids we all
loved to get wet and sing this number because it was so easy to sing. My
second favourite is "Lagi aaj sawan ki Phir vo jhadi hai" from "Chandni".
It's filled with romance and nostalgia and Sridevi was so dignified in the
rain. Finally, my new favourite rain song is "Barso re megha" from "Guru".
For one reason only - Aishwarya Rai.