Missing the Monsoon Masti – My Favorite Rain Songs

Just read the news about pre-monsoon showers that occurred in some parts of Maharashtra yesterday. And somehow, I began missing the monsoons so much – especially because I am not going to experience them this year in US! So, to make  up for their absence a little bit, I began thinking about, and listening to, my favorite rain songs. Here’s a list of some unforgettable ones, in no particular order.

Disclaimer:  The links of  YouTube videos are not owned by me; I just found them on YouTube…

1.Rimjhim Ke Taraane Leke Aayi Barsaat from the movie Kaala Baazaar

Whenever I think of rains, this is undoubtedly the first song that comes to my mind. The shots of  Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walking in the rains and reminiscing their moments together, along with glimpses of  a rain-drenched old Bombay are a total treat for the eyes and ears. And as with most old songs, the lyrics rock!

2. Saawan Barse Tarse Dil from the movie Dahek

I don’t think anyone has ever watched this movie, but I have watched this song umpteen times for it simple  innocence! Two lovers (Akshaye Khanna and Sonali Bendre) enjoying the rains and going to meet each other while battling it out with the various difficulties created by it is the essence of this beautifully shot song.

3. Barso Re Megha from Guru

The amazing visuals of a raindrop creating ripples in water, dark clouds in the background of lush green fields and a washed look of several picturesque locations are what I like the best about this song; although the music and the stunning voice of  Shreya Ghoshal are also individually sufficient to make this song appear in my list of favorites.

4. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Oh yeah… after all, rains are not just about romance – they are about fun, masti and thodi si shararat too, as depicted aptly in this legendary garage song featuring Kishore Kumar and Madhubala.

5. Le Ja Le Ja Re from the music album Ustaad & the Divas

This is by far the cutest song with a rainy background. And the rain here is not just outdoors from the sky, but is also indoors on the dance floor, inside the heroine’s eyes, and in the hero’s and the heroine’s hearts. There is a part in this song where the sad heroine draws herself drenched in rain, while the hero adds an umbrella to the picture, and another one where she draws herself getting drenched by a bus splashing water on her – only to find that the hero draws himself between her and the bus – ahh.. it is totally cute!

6. Dum Dum Digaa Digaa from the movie Chhaliya

Rains in the studio have never looked as refreshing as they do in this song! And Raj Kapoor serenading pretty girls while the clouds pour is an endearing sight!

7. Bhaage re Mann Kahin from the movie Chameli

A shady lane in a shady area in South Bombay, Kareena Kapoor dressed up in a tacky red-and-blue Sari, and a car as a prop – not to mention a lot of rain… does not seem like an interesting scenario, right? Negative! It is a beautiful scenario! The way the rain-wind combination is shot in this song is mind-blowing! And the music is blissful.

8. Rimjhim Rimjhim from the movie 1942 A Love Story

Beautiful, dusky, and lush green setting of the Ooty botanical garden, a beautiful and very expressive Manisha Koirala, a handsome and sentimental Anil Kapoor, R D Burman’s music, and Javed Akhtar’s soulful lyrics – add all of these to lots of rain and baadal and bijli! Can a rain song get better than that? Naah! Totally mesmerizing song!

9. Bheegi Bheegi Raatonme from the movie Ajnabee

I don’t care about the video of this song much, but just the song in itself is such a work of genius! You can imagine  the rain and the atmosphere created by it just by listening to this song. Kishore Kumar at his best! And yeah, the remix album of this song is great too!

10. Ab Ke Saawan Aise Barase from the music album Ab Ke Saawan

This awesome amalgamation of classical, folk, and pop music is not just pleasing to the ear, but the lavishly shot rain in a small-town setup refreshes the visual sense.This song shows the perfect combination of romance, fun, confusion, peace, and overall joy created by the rains!

11. Koi Ladki Hai from the movie Dil To Pagal Hai

The dreamy voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, and the innocent, yet romantic portrayal by Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit add a lot of zing to this melodious rain song.

Yeah, so that’s my list of favorites, people! It’s refreshing to even remember all these songs, isn’t it! Which songs figure in your list of favorite rain songs?

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