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Holi 2018: 10 times the festival of colours became an integral part of Bollywood films

Holi has remained an important part of Bollywood. The festival of colours has not just given us some iconic songs but even enhanced the storyline. From Sholay to Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, a lot of films have explored different shades of Holi.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2018 7:36:15 am
Bollywood films with Holi scenes From tragic to romantic, Bollywood films have portrayed different shades of Holi.

Holi is not just a favourite of many in real life, this festival of colours is also an important part of Bollywood. From its grandeur to vibrancy, our Hindi films have for decades captured the best of this celebration on the big screen. It is that time when nobody feels shy wearing loud costumes and even drinking ‘bhaang’. Holi on the silver screen becomes an important event too as mostly it forms a strong part of the screenplay. Either the Holi sequence add to the plot or they break the monotony of a serious line-up of things. It is done either with songs or a backstory occurring side-by-side. Whatever be it, Holi makes the canvas colourful, and even sometimes become the highpoint of the movie.

From handsome actors prancing around in white clothes to actresses giving flirtatious looks, all this combined with the scenes where they smear colours on each others’ faces is how Bollywood conceives its Holi scenes. And to this add a suspicious villain who does the planning and plotting against the protagonist in the film. From tragic to romantic, Bollywood films have portrayed different shades of Holi.

Here are 10 notable Holi sequences which either gave us some chartbuster numbers or were a turning point in their respective films.

Sholay – Dharmendra and Hema Malini

Sholay holi song Out of the many things that make Sholay a Bollywood classic, its song ‘Holi Ke Din’ is an important one.

The song “Holi Ke Din” came as a relief amid the high octane dacoit drama. As Veeru and Basanti flirted with a blast of colours, it also showed the silent romance between Jai and Radha. Gabbar’s iconic dialogue “Holi kab hai” become a trademark of the festival. As part of the song sequence, Gabbar’s men attack Ramgarh, taking advantage of distracted Jai and Veeru. It also revealed Thakur’s big secret that he has no arms!

Darr – Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla

Darr holi scene Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of an eccentric lover in Darr won him several awards.

Holi also gives a lot of liberty to goons and stalkers who otherwise might not grab a chance to get close to women. And this aspect was highlighted in this Yash Chopra film when Shah Rukh Khan got a chance to smear his ‘K-K-K-K-Kiran’ with colours. The song “Ang se ang lagana” was followed by an important chase sequence between Rahul and Sunil.

Silsila – Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha

Silsila holi song Silsila is a memorable film in the careers of both Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha.

It gave us the iconic song “Rang Barse”. But in the movie the song is a build up to an intense plot. Just before Amit starts singing, Chandni tells Amit’s wife Shobha that she didn’t marry the man she fell in love with. In another corner, Amit makes the same confession to Chandni’s husband Dr Anand. And the song follows. Amitabh and Rekha’s sizzling chemistry in the song made their fans go gaga over them.

Mohabbatein – Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan

Mohabbatein holi scene Mohabbatein’s song ‘Soni Soni’ also became one of the top Holi songs in Bollywood.

Holi is one festival which makes people forget their differences and give their relationship a fresh start. In Mohabbatein, Raj makes the perfect use of teeka of gulaal to convince the strict principal of Gurukul – Narayan Shankar to let the boys play Holi outside the school’s campus.

Baghban – Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini

Baghban holi song Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini played a couple in Baghban.

Its song “Hori Khele Raghuveera” offers one of those beautiful moments in the film when Raj Malhotra’s entire family come together. Raj and Pooja Malhotra play Holi in the presence of their sons and daughter-in-laws but tease each other like any other youngster. Big B and Hema created more magic onscreen that any of the current breed.

Damini – Meenakshi Sheshadri and Rishi Kapoor

Damini holi scene Damini starring Meenakshi Sheshadri and Rishi Kapoor also had Sunny Deol in a pivotal role.

The movie revealed that Holi is not only about colourful fluff and happiness. In a pivotal scene in Damini, Meenakshi Seshadri witnesses the rape of her maid by her brother-in-law and his friends on Holi. The maid dies in the hospital, the rape is covered up by the family and Meenakshi Seshadri is the lone crusader for justice till she meets lawyer Sunny Deol.

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani – Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani holi song Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani starred Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur.

The play with gulal often helped Bollywood in bringing out the true colours of the characters. Something similar happens in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani when the introvert Naina breaks through her innocent image during the festival. Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) gets stunned to see such a transformation of Naina. The festival also gives Naina a chance to confess her love for Bunny.

Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt

Badrinath Ki Dulhania holi song Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer Badrinath Ki Dulhania was a sequel to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

Its title song which had the two lead actors play Holi might come in the post-credit roll, but it was a happy number that ended the film on a high note. The way Varun and Alia play Holi only makes their fans want to grab some colours and splash it at their loved ones.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha – Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar

Toilet Ek Prem Katha holi song Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar film Toilet Ek Prem Katha was based on the issue of open defecation and hygiene in the country.

After Jaya leaves Keshav and goes back to her parent’s home, Keshav comes and tries to woo her back, only to be beaten up with sticks. An intense emotional story around its song “Gori Tu Latth Maar” is symbolic of the Latth maar Holi where according to legend, Lord Krishna was shooed away by the female friends of Radha when he came to her village to play Holi with her.

Ram-Leela – Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

Ram Leela holi scene Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone teamed up for the first time with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Ram-Leela.

Holi in Bollywood films provides the characters with a chance to do something which they otherwise would not have done. The perfect example is Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) of Goliyon ki Raasleela – Ram-Leela. When the lead pair of the film smears colour on each other, the ambiance becomes emotionally charged up and the two, who belong to opposing families end up getting intimate.

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