The rains will soon be here. And with it will come the smell of petrichor or the smell of freshly dampened earth, a smell that cannot be described — it has to be experienced. Trees sport the bright green of freshly washed leaves, and even the drab cityscape wears a scrubbed look. The intense heat of the summer gives way to cool wet days. What better way to enjoy the monsoon than with a cup of freshly-brewed masala chai, and hot samosas or pakodas? A good accompaniment to hot titbits will be these melodies that make you forget flooded roads and traffic snarls.
This iconic number is synonymous with the rains. A couple in love sharing a cup of chai, the rains providing the counterfoil to their quiet romance. A dark night, empty streets, a shared umbrella, and two people deeply in love. Lyrics, melody, picturisation — this was an ode to romance, and the monsoons.
The pouring rain, a stalled car, a drenched driver, and a comic mechanic. As a beautiful Madhubala sent temperatures soaring in her damp sari, the situation gives a zany Kishore Kumar a chance to tease her – in verse.
The visuals of raindrops trembling on the freshly-washed leaves, the sitar quivering like quicksilver in the background, Salilda’s orchestration, Lata Mangeshkar’s exquisite voice echoing the romance in a young woman’s heart. This is the song that will have you curling up on the windowsill, a cup of coffee in hand, daydreaming about the person you love.
Another couple in love, another view of a city, fresh and cleanly washed. The Lata Mangeshkar version celebrates Mumbai in the monsoons, as the deeply-in-love pair of Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee stroll around Marine Drive and the University grounds, paying no attention to the downpour.
You don’t have to traverse the streets if you want to enjoy the monsoon. This is ‘Bambai ka baarish’, states Rajesh Khanna cheerfully, as he and Zeenat Aman cavort naughtily on their terrace. RD Burman’s music helps Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar springboard beautifully off Anand Bakshi’s lyrics in this quintessential rain number.
Ever tried swinging in the rains? In Rajasthan, the jhoolas are tied in time for the rains that will quench the thirst of a parched desert. Watch Sridevi dance her joy as she and her friends celebrate the long-awaited rains
Ghode jaisi chaal, haathi jaisi dhun, O saawan raja kahan se aaye tum?Query the children who are enjoying themselves in the rain. Joining them in their innocent pastime are Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, jiving to the beats of Shiamak Dawar’s eclectic choreography. Enjoying the monsoon has never been so much fun!