Songs to croon this monsoon

Lush, green and alive — the monsoon has finally set in everywhere. Rain songs in Hindi cinema express passion, romance, drama and poetry. Here’s a look at some of the melodious rain songs that you can add to your playlist on the World Music Day.

1. Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

Composed by SD Burman with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, this unforgettable Kishore Kumar playful track is at its flirtiest best. Kishore Kumar’s antics and Madhubala’s beauty with the alternating changes of pace and tempo make this number memorable.

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2. Rimjhim gire saawan, Manzil (1979)

Composed by RD Burman and written by Yogesh, this song is a tribute to the power of the monsoon. Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee splash about in the city of Mumbai frolicking in front of the Victoria Terminus station and Marine Drive. The song is an ode to the romantic city of Mumbai.  

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3. Kaate nahi kat te, Mr. India (1987)

Actress Sridevi was at her passionate best in this sizzling romantic number. The song was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and written by Javed Akhtar. Sridevi slithered in a blue sari while being serenaded by her invisible object of desire. 

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4. Ghanan ghanan, Lagaan (2001)

AR Rahman’s composition and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics created magic in this musical masterpiece. This song resonates with the feelings of gloom and melancholy of the season. In this song, the villagers rejoice and come out in large numbers when they see the hovering monsoon clouds. 

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5. Barso re, Guru (2007)

Gulzar and AR Rahman teamed up in this folkish number. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal, the track is an ode to the rain-soaked lush landscape.

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