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Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi - 1958) Lakhon Ka Saawan Jaye (Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan - 1974)

With the month of June knocking at our doors, monsoons are now just around the corner. This season - marked by the pitter-patter of rain, a hypnotic fresh earthy scent, thundering clouds, and a deep craving for tea and fritters - is a favourite of most Indians.

Besides, the Bollywood songs from Hindi movies that hold the essence of life in their powerful lyrics and mesmerizing tunes beautifully capture the playful spirit of the monsoon season. Simply listening to these songs while watching the rain hit your windows refreshes your mood and inspires a sense of calm. So, if you are also preparing your Bollywood playlist in anticipation of the rainy season, then here are some must-add evergreen monsoon songs.

Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi - 1958)

If you like listening to the old Bollywood melodies that were produced during the late 20th century, then at one time or another, you would have definitely come across this song that was created by the legendary composer, SD Burman. The classic song that portrays no rain but a very beautiful rain-soaked Madhubala was a super hit. It is about a soaked girl who is out alone at night. The soundtrack focuses on Kishore Kumar, who plays the role of a mechanic and produces music with his tools.

Lakhon Ka Saawan Jaye (Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan - 1974)

Since Bollywood associates rain with romance, this season inevitably also brings up emotions of longing. The Bollywood song sung by the renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar captures this emotion quite well. It is more of an affectionate banter between Zeenat Aman and Manoj Kumar in which the beautiful actress complains that her lover is ignoring the pleasant and romantic weather in his search for work. This song is a go-to melody for wives and girlfriends who feel neglected by their partners during monsoons.

Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki Fir Wo Jhadi Hai (Chandni - 1989) Tip Tip Barsa Pani, Pani Ne Aag Laga Di (Mohra - 1994)

Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki Fir Wo Jhadi Hai (Chandni - 1989)

Unlike most happy and upbeat monsoon songs, this melody composed by Shiv Hari using the lyrics of Anand Bakshi is hauntingly sad. The soundtrack showcases Vinod Khanna taking a trip down the memory lane, remembering the fond moments he spent with his late wife, Juhi Chawla. The song is a juxtaposition of past and present moments and reminds one of heartache and sad memories.

Tip Tip Barsa Pani, Pani Ne Aag Laga Di (Mohra - 1994)

The sizzling number featuring a very pretty Raveena Tandon forces you to get on your feet and dance to the tune of the music. Sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, the song voices out strong and intense emotions. Titled as the monsoon anthem by many Bollywood song lovers, the melody has many rhythmic beats and fabulous choreography that will surely make your heart flutter.

Koi Ladki Hai, Jab Wo Hansti Hai (Dil To Pagal Hai - 1997) Ghanan Ghanan (Lagaan - 2001)

Koi Ladki Hai, Jab Wo Hansti Hai (Dil To Pagal Hai - 1997)

Recorded in the sweet voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan and filmed on Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan, this song from Bollywood’s popular movie,  is a treat for the listeners. This rainy number is a really playful and upbeat soundtrack that fills one with inspiration and zest. The melody takes back the audience to the good old childhood days and is perfect for being enjoyed with friends and family.

Ghanan Ghanan (Lagaan - 2001)

The movie is set in the pre-independence time in a small village in India. Besides its plot and wonderful cast, the film was also recognized by critics for its soulful music. One song from this movie that gained the approval of the audience and critics was ‘Ghanan Ghanan.’ The melody captures the anticipation of farmers as they wait for the arrival of monsoon. The masterpiece quite beautifully and simply establishes the cultural and socio-economic link of the rain to the lives of those who earn their living through agriculture. For people who appreciate folk songs, this composition by A.R. Rehman is a must-add.

Barso Re Megha, Megha (Guru - 2007)

Barso Re Megha, Megha (Guru - 2007)

The dynamic song, created by the legendary composer A.R. Rehman with mesmerizing lyrics by Gulzar, is an evergreen melody. Apart from featuring soulful music and Miss World winner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the track also showcases the beautiful lush green farms of the villages in Kerala. The song is about a young girl who has fallen in love for the very first time and displays her enthusiasm. In the soundtrack, Aishwarya Rai displayed a childlike innocence and agility through her graceful dance moves.

So, with our handpicked Bollywood playlist, prepare yourself for the arrival of monsoon and enjoy this rainy season with some soulful music and a warm cup of tea!  

 

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