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Vote: Bollywood's top rain songs

Last updated on: June 28, 2010 19:10 IST

Image: A scene from Chhaliya
Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

Contradiction thy name is rains.

On one hand they conjure an image of cozy indoors, poetic reflections or a meal of piping-hot bhajjiyas and masala chai. The other end of the spectrum is not so privileged. For many, monsoon spells damage, destruction and disorder.

Escapist to its core, Bollywood, however, spares no opportunity to squeeze in an artificial shower, either to highlight the heroine's laboriously-achieved curves or the sizzling equation between the movie's leads.

With monsoon making its presence felt in many parts of the country, offers you to vote for your favourite tracks of the genre.

Dum dum diga diga, Chhaliya

Music: Kalyanji-Anandji

Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi

While Raj Kapoor and Nargis gazing into each other's eyes under a singular umbrella amidst heavy downpour continues to be an iconic image in Hindi cinema; it's not really a monsoon melody.

On the other hand, RK's gay gambol, loyal umbrella intact, in Chhaliya's Dum dum diga diga celebrates the arrival of rain with terrific spontaneity.

O sajna barkha bahar, Parakh

Image: A scene from Parakh

Music: Salil Chaudhary

Lyrics: Shailendra

In Bimal Roy's engaging fable, a plainly-clad Sadhana, sans her trademark fringe, is a picture of demure grace even as she reveals her inner romantic via Lata Mangeshkar's utterly gorgeous rendition of O sajna barkha bahar aayi.

Rimjhim ke geet, Anjaana

Image: A scene from Anjaana

Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

God bless LP for infusing some charm in the otherwise contrived tripe about poor boy-meets-rich girl with their stirring compositions.

Especially the rain ditty, Rimjhim ke geet -- picturised on a super coy Babita wrapped in an off-shouldered floral cloth, a rather bold display for the 60s, resists the careful advances of Rajendra 'Jubilee' Kumar with all her might (read pout).

Rimjhim gire sawaan, Manzil

Image: A scene from Manzil

Music: R D Burman

Lyrics: Yogesh

Rains and romance go hand in hand.

Soaking in Mumbai's torrential rains to the hilt, Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee frolic all about Marine Drive with RD's breezy Rimjhim gire sawaan constituting the backdrop.

Bheegi bheegi raaton mein, Ajnabee

Image: A scene from Ajnabee

Music: R D Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

On screen newly-weds Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman enjoy Bollywood-sponsored showers to make out on the terrace with generous help from RD's Bheegi bheegi raaton mein for Shakti Samanta musical drama, Ajnabee.

Later that year (1974 to be precise), the actress made a sopping statement, drenched to the bone, romping on a roof top to grab Manoj Kumar's attention with Hai hai yeh majboori (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan).

Aaj rapat jayein, Namak Halal

Image: A scene from Namak Halal

Music: R D Burman

Lyrics: Anjaan

Trust a jaunty Big B to rub off some of his playful disposition on the usually reserved Smita Patil as they both get a wild taste of monsoon while shaking a leg to Bappi Lahiri's highly-animated Aaj rapat jayein in Namak Halal.

Baadal yun garajta hai, Betaab

Image: A scene from Betaab

Music: R D Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

All that thunder and lightning brings out the frightened bunny off our Bollywood divas.

And so Betaab's freshly launched duo of Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh make most of their confinement in a quaint glass house thanks to the deluge outside.

Lagi aaj sawaan, Chandni

Image: A scene from Chandni

Music: Shiv Hari

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Poor Vinod Khanna is not so lucky. Chandni's mellifluous albeit melancholic Lagi aaj sawaan serves as a painful reminder of his character's heartbreaking past.

Then again, the camera and the audience are more concerned about Juhi Chawla and Sridevi's dreamy swirl under the Yashraj-created downpour.

Rimjhim rimjhim, 1942-A Love Story

Image: A scene from 1942 A Love Story

Music: R D Burman

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

A remarkable soundtrack from RD on all counts, 1942: A Love Story features the ever-dapper Anil Kapoor and just-married Manisha Koirala romance the rains, vintage style against the dew fresh notes of Rimjhim rimjhim.

Geela geela paani, Satya

Image: A scene from Satya

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics: Gulzar

Urmila Matondkar channels the water nymph within as she strikes some ultra-hot poses against a random pole in a figure-hugging sari to the wistful beats of Vishal-Gulzar's terrific combination. Sureela paani, indeed.

Tip tip barsa paani, Mohra

Image: A scene from Mohra

Music: Viju Shah

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Chemistry explodes through every pixel of the screen as Akki and Raveena indulge in a dripping game of seduction to Viju Shah's vigorously catchy, Tip tip barsa. Gosh, the repeat value!

Saawan barse tarse dil, Dahek

Image: A scene from Dahek

Music: Anand Milind

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Dahek may have been cold turkey at the box office but continues to make its presence felt every monsoon.

Especially on radio, courtesy its fabulously lilting yet underrated track, Sawaan barse, showcasing the endearing twosome of Akshaye Khanna-Sonali Bendre experiencing the first throes of love.

Dekho zara dekho barkha ki jhadi, Yeh Dillagi

Image: A scene from Yeh Dillagi

Music: Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen

Lyrics: Sameer

Can't imagine Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn do this! You know?

Splash their feet and hop all over the place like only Akshay Kumar and Kajol can in this trippy adaptation of Sabrina.

Boondon se baatein, Thakshak

Image: A scene from Thakshak

Music: A R Rahman

Lyrics: Mehboob

There's nothing in-your-face about Tabu's sensuality. Watch her tiptoe in the company of raindrops in the Rahman-helmed Boondon se baatein, you'll know what we mean.

The Oscar-winning composer later used the tune as Manasukkul oru puyal in the Tamil flick, Star.

Behta hai mann kahin, Chameli

Image: A scene from Chameli

Music: Sandesh Shandilya

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Besides garnering critical acclaim to Kareena Kapoor for her acting chops as a golden-hearted streetwalker in and as Chameli, the soundtrack gained popularity on the music charts for Shandilya's breezy score.

The soothing texture and monsoon-influenced flirtations of Behta hai mann being one of them.

Barson re, Guru

Image: A scene from Guru

Music: A R Rahman

Lyrics: Gulzar

A whiff of petrichor and gray clouds envelops the senses as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lets her hair down without a care in the world to the feverish chants of Guru's Barson re against Mani Ratnam's stunning imagery of bucolic life and landscapes.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now!