Religion and festivities have been the basic backdrop of Bollywood films since times immemorial but one occasion among the several ones that glows out with gleaming intensity is the celebration of the arrival of Ganpati Bappa. While West Bengal is symbolic to the 10 day Durgotsav that brings with it, all the charm and the flavor, Maharashtrians have their Ganpati Bappa Morya to do all the talking. Yet another 10 day festival, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most widely used backdrop in Hindi films, given the enthusiasm and the bustling crowd-core theme attached with it.

With Ganpati festival doing full rounds in Maharasthra now, lets take a look at some of the iconic Bollywood films that added a new touch to the festival.

Vaastav:

Sanjay Dutt in Vaastav Movie Stills
Sanjay Dutt in Vaastav Movie Stills

A spine chilling gangster flick, one that brought back the sheen to Sanju Baba’s falling career, Vaastav’s one-of-the-most iconic moments was when Raghu and his family indulges in a row of Ganesha Aarti. With the Sindoor Lal Chadhayo song playing in the background, the scene testifies the grave saga and the entanglement of political and custodial sabotages as a gruesome encounter causes two of Raghu’s friends fall prey to the police tactics. And what follows is an enthralling performance by Sanjay Dutt, by far the best in his career!

Wanted:

Salman Khan in Wanted Movie Stills
Salman Khan in Wanted Movie Stills

Another Ganpati scene that not only catapulted the film to super shot success but made a sudden brand out of Salman Khan, it was Wanted’s Mera Hi Jalwa that grabbed eyeballs. The hint of mastikhori and the spark of naughtiness that Ganeshotsav is usually a testimony of, Salman and his director Prabhu Deva matched steps to concoct a brilliant camaraderie of sorts, one that we still shake our legs to. Pandals and mandaps still have this song playing with their people dancing in full fervor.

Don:

Shah Rukh Khan in Don Movie Stills
Shah Rukh Khan in Don Movie Stills

Maurya re, Bappa Maurya re was instrumental in bringing the delicate intricacies of the Marathi culture on the platter as Shah Rukh moved, grooved and hopped around as he offered his prayers to the ultimate harbinger of success. Colourful, pristine and extremely serene is what we can say about the entire sequence. Baki toh, as we say, “Ganpati Bappa Maurya’.

Ra.One:

Ra.One Movie Stills
Ra.One Movie Stills

While most other films had a song dedicated to our Gannu Bappa, Ra.One meticulously made use of a sequence to bring in the ultimate essence of Ganeshji into it. Remember the train scene where our superhero G.One makes an invariable attempt to stop a moving train with his superpowers but ultimately it’s a Ganpati statue that he takes support of to bring the motion to a triggering rest all of a sudden. Certainly, there are some things even superheroes can’t do. Our Ganeshji can! Mind it!

Agneepath:

Ageepath Movie Stills
Agneepath Movie Stills

Another splendid song with a life-like statuette of Ganpati Bappa in the frame, Hrithik Roshan with his red tilak chants Deva shree Ganesha with immense energy and earnestness. The zeal and the piousness was evident and the scene definitely ended with a bang as it brought in the twist and turn in this epic magnum opus.

ABCD-Any Body Can Dance:

Salman in ABCD-Any Body Can Dance Movie Stills
Salman in ABCD-Any Body Can Dance Movie Stills

Just before the climax where Prabhu’s team eventually lifts the dance trophy, with a dance honoruing and staging a tribute to the ultimate lord of all, our Ganpati bappa. In the film, they might have just won the trophy. In real, they won hearts. We agree!

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