The Indian Film Industry has always shown bias towards the Monsoon when it comes to choosing the most photogenic season. But then again, can we really criticize this? Especially when all Indians are perennially in love with the rainy season? I guess not. Because the list will be truly unending if we were to consider all regional industries under the Indian Film Industry banner, Koimoi brings to you Bollywood’s arguably top 10 Rain Numbers. Such a list can hardly be exhaustive, so we’d ask you to please add your favorite rain numbers, if missing in the list, to the comment box.
Barso Re Megha – Guru 2007
Guru saw Abhishek Bachchan in an all new avatar. And Aishwarya Rai Bachchan worked just as well. This number is an all time favorite by all due to its enchanting music and its lovely lyrics. It is the perfect song for the frolic that one wants in the rainy season. It is an A. R. Rahman classic with Gulzar’s lyrics. Shreya Ghoshal sang it. This 2006 release will be remembered for the entire package including the great music.
Tum Se Hi – Jab We Met 2007
This is from the heart rendering movie Jab We Met that unfortunately became a hit after they , Shahid and Kareena Kapoor , parted. Okay, that aside, the film had a super story line, music and amazing casting! Imtiaz Ali’s work is absolutely commendable! Irshad Kamil strikes again with great lyrics. And no matter how plagiarized Pritam’s music is, he did a good job at this one. Last but not the least ; this 2007 number took Mohit Chauhan , the singer, to an all new high.
Bhaage Re Mann – Chameli 2004
The 2003 release, Chameli won many a critical accolades. Rahul Bose and Kareena Kapoor were almost flaw less in the course of the film. But this song is more amazing because of the subtle chemistry throughout the scene and the very different side of Kareena Kapoor during the early times of her Bollywood career. If anything, Irshad Kamil’s lyrics were fuel to fire and made this song an absolute rage for music lovers. The song had Sandesh Shandilya as the music director and Sunidhi Chauhan as the singer.
Jo Haal Dil Ka – Sarfarosh 1999
Sarfarosh was a movie that did not really belong to Bollywood’s traditional kind and please let us be honest , it did redefine that entire decade’s Hindi Cinema. Aamir Khan, Sonali Bindre, Naseeruddin Shah, and every other member of the cast and crew put together a remarkable movie with remarkable songs, including numbers by the late Ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh. The music director duo, Jatin – Lalit made the score while Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik led their voices to it. This 1999 number is still a hot Valentine’s Day as well as Monsoon favorite.
Koi Ladki Hai – Dil To Pagal Hai 1997
Dil Toh Pagal Hai basically arrived when Shah Rukh and Madhuri were already superstars! Add Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar and you have a hit release , that was not a surprise. But surprisingly well the music turned out was charming. Especially when this entire decade was seeing numerous melodious numbers being belt out, to stand up and make a mark is due credit. This 1997 number stood up on Anand Bakshi’s lyrics and music director Uttam Singh’s scores. It is sung by Lata ji and Udit Narayan.
Rim Zim Rim Zim – 1942 A Love Story 1994
The movie this song is a part of, is ground breaking Hindi Cinema with awe-inspiring performances and story line. We loved Monisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor! We loved Ek Ladki Ko too! But about Monsoon numbers, we loved Rim Jhim most! Kumar Sanu sang this beautiful number show casing Javed Akhtar’s lyrics and R. D. Burman’s music. This 1998 release is still remembered for its musical frame. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s successful projects’ list will always include this one where he is both the director and the producer.
Tip Tip Barsa Pani – Mohra 1994
If we are talking about Monsoon numbers that scorched the screen, we cannot miss this 1! From the 1994 release Mohra, this number is hot – redefined when it comes to Bollywood in the 1990s. Mohra’s music also earned Kavitha Krishna Murthy a Filmfare nomination that year. However, Tip Tip Barsa Paani was sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, it had music by Viju Shah and is allegedly a copy of the original, Roll Down Di Rubber Man.
Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai – Hum Aapke Hain Koun 1994
After an amazing crowd pleaser like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Salman Khan had it going for himself, to trigger his success ; Hum Apke Hain Koun was a perfect stepping stone. The fresh movie was a household favorite and probably still is. True that the song that we have mentioned here was not entire a Monsoon number, but part of it surely was. The pink frilly-frolly dressed Madhuri Dixit, Salman in his work wear, the extended patio , midnight , rain and the amazing music! One has to keep it in this count down. Under Raam Laxman’s musical supervision and in Dev Kohli’s lyrics, S Bala Subramanium immortalized this number. The movie is an August 1994 release.
Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua Hai Pyar Se – Shree 420 1955
Shree 420 is a 1955 release. Have I not said enough? This is a golden Raj Kapoor – Nargis number that is yet to term it an oldie because generations of cine lovers have loved its cinematography, music lovers have loved its rhythm and simple fans have loved its very chemistry. The black and white reeling, the umbrella, the saree clad lady and the pantaloon man. The famous music director Shankar Jaikishan and director Raj Kapoor himself made it an audio video wonder. The song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey.
Kate Nahin Kat Te – Mr. India 1987
Remember Sridevi in that burning red saree? And the moustache wonder Anil Kapoor as the much loved Mr. India? It will be criminal to miss this track in this Monsoon countdown. From the movie Mr. India, this number derived music from none other than the Laxmikant and Pyarelal duo and was sung by Alisha Chinai and Kishore Kumar. This 1987 release is still considered to be ground breaking Bollywood cinema even though many believe it has high western influence and inspiration from the H. G. Wells novel, The Invisible Man.
As of now, these are the best Monsoon tracks we could think of. But surely there have been more and there is more to come that can find a place in this list, we will not underestimate the industry. On that note, see you soon!