A flashy season of colours, the Holi has been the perfect backdrop for various Bollywood films down the tinsel ville as they went Rang Barse and Holi khele Raghuveera with equal vigour and amusement, splashing in dollops of colour on their loved ones. With everyone going in for the Splash today and the rounds of merrymaking with the thandai in this sultry weather, we at Koimoi take a look at how Holi sequences proved pivotal to the plot of few heavy duty Bollywood films.
Dharmendra and buddy Amitabh Bachchan crooned to ‘Holi Ke Din’ with Ramgarh ki Basanti in tow, but Ramesh Sippy took the Holi flavour to new heights when he served the festival as the perfect background to take the story two notches higher, two steps forward. Evaded by Gabbar’s army, the Post Holi scene stays etched in memory, as it reveals the mystery behind Thakur’s strange behaviours. Be it the famous Holi kab hai line from Gabbar’s mouth or the beautiful allegory used to depict widowed Jaya Bachchan’s life sans the colour packed in all the more drama.
Allegedly scripted on the real life story of Amitabh-Jaya-Rekha love triangle, The Rang Barse track stays iconic for its powerful rendition as well as the sudden appraisal from the lead star when Big B decided to go all out and express his earnest love for Rekha, despite being married to Jaya Bhaduri. The Holi sequence made Jaya’s character too uncomfy of the growing closeness between her husband and the dusri aurat, but served as the perfect concoction for the film!
A high profile family, a lavish grand Holi party and a bunch of reckless youth, yes, Damini had the perfect scene set for the crude rape scene that takes the story forward from there on. Holi, also used a s a hidden weapon for molestation and rape was portrayed on screen in its truest bitter colours when Rajkumar Santoshi, the director decided to film the cardinal line of the plot in a noisy and loud inaudible Holi party which camouflaged the sin committed.
Shah Rukh Khan’s love turned obsession for Divya Bharti took Holi to a greater dimension when he decided to profess his love for his beloved, a widow then. The scene had the power, the punch and it went on records to be established one of the best scenes of the year. Shah Rukh as Raja mouthed the best lines in one of the best love cum threat proposals on screen. And since then, Deewana had a complete turn around!
Frightening, imminent, or menacing, whatever you may call it, Shah Rukh’s best villainous role had everything to go about. But it has to be the mendacious stares and the fit of rage instilled that forced SRK to break open and barge into his beloved K-k-k-k-kiran’s family Holi celebrations taking the festivity by a storm as the alluring Badshah ponders upon the coy and docile Kiran, making her dance to his drum rolls. But it definitely has to be the run of the mill chase between Sunny and Shah Rukh that called for a visual treat.
A special mention:
Going by what we could make out from the Ayan Mukherjee directorial’s trailer, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is definitely fresh and spunky but the plot seems to dwell upon the once upon a time real life couple Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone’s love, the drift due to differences and coming back together, more like a Bachna Ae Haseeno. But the already famous Holi sequence with Ranbir in aviators and the bandana rocking the B-town scenario has a different story to tell. The Balam Pichkari number, we feel will definitely be the turning point of this otherwise rejuvenating rom-com. But all’s upto time to tell!
And now whilst the festival of colours has just picked its momentum, Koimoi wishes all a very Happy and safe Holi! Bura na mano Holi hai