Holi, a festival that celebrates the victory of the superior with a lot of joy and colours is known to spread happiness amongst people. It is the festival of joy and love and signifies the arrival of spring and the end of winter. Bollywood has portrayed this festival in various films and there are a lot of songs dedicated to this festival. Let’s check these festive songs here:
The moment somebody mentions Holi, the first thing we remember is the turning point of Sholay. The song ‘Holi Ke Din’ changes the course of events, and turns Gabbar Singh into one of the most menacing characters we have ever seen on celluloid. The characters and the audience are lost in Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar’s breathless medley (Holi Ke Din) when fire catches the top of a carousel and Gabbar and his daakus descend onto Ramgarh.
The song composition of 'Holi Khele Raghubeera' is actually the interlude from "Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali" both featuring Amitabh Bachchan. It was actually a folk song from Uttar Pradesh that composer Aadesh Shrivastava had heard both Big B and his father Harivanshrai Bachchan sing on many Holi occasions. He felt that traditional Holi songs had lost their relevance and resonance and wanted to make sure that the younger generation still had some connection to folk songs.
"Do me a favour - let's play Holi" is a seven minute song that took seven days to shoot. While shooting the song, Priyanka Chopra got an electric shock when she stepped on a loose wire. Fortunately, she spent only one night in the hospital.
The song "Balam Pichkari" from "Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani" was added to the movie especially as Ayan Mukerji, the director, loves the festival. He knew that Ranbir does not like colour and getting wet and called it a part of the “torture Ranbir scheme”. However, by the time the shoot was over, the whole cast and crew had so much fun and that’s what Ranbir says also reflected on screen.
Ganesh Acharya was born in 1971 so he was unaware of how Holi was played in the '70s. Director Vipul Shah stepped in to give him details like how they used Gulaal instead of colours etc. and then he filmed the song accordingly.
Go Paagal, featuring Akshay Kumar with a Balti on his head for the first time, was actually shot at a Lucknow court to show the authenticity of the raw and rustic way that Holi is celebrated in UP. The team used about 500 kilos of eco-friendly colours for shooting the song which lasted over four days. Of the nearly 400 dancers in the song, 100 travelled from Mumbai, while the remaining were locals.