Showing posts with label saawan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label saawan. Show all posts

Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Great Sawan Songs of Bollywood

Sawan is a fifth month in the Hindu calendar. It is derived from Sanskrit: श्रावण. Its a rainy season in India. Generally, this month falls in July or August. During this month the weather becomes romantic. Many poems and songs are written by poets.
 When it comes to Bollywood, what else can make people happy than related songs for the season like this one? Likely, there are plenty of songs specially made for this occasion.‘Sawan’ seems like the favourite subject of our earlier filmmakers with so many songs dedicated to nature. In this Blog, I have selected a few such great Sawan songs.

The first song in my list is "Saawan ke baadalon unse ye jaa kaho" from the first super hit film Kismet 1944

Song from “Rattan” (1944)

Saawan ki ghataaon dheere dheere aanaa

Song from Aage Badho” (1947)

Saawan ki ghataaon mere saajan ko bulaa do

Song from Lekh (1949)

Zara thham jaa tu ae saawan

Song from Jogan” (1950)

Hariyaala saawan dhol bajaataa aaya

Song from Do Beegha Zameen” (1953)


Song from Sharabi 1964

Deewaana huaa baadal saawan ki ghataa chhaayi

Song from “Kashmir Ki Kali” (1964)

Ajhun na aaye baalma.. saawan beeta jaaye

Song from Saanjh Aur Sawera (1964)

Saawan aaye yaa naa aaye

Song from Dil Diyaa Dard Liyaa” (1966)

Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare sor

Song from Milan 1967

Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke

Song from Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke 1969

Kuchh kahta hai ye saawan

Song from Mera Gaon Mera Desh” (1971)

Abke sajan saawan mein

Song from Chupke Chupke (1975)

Mere Naina Saawan 

Song from Mehbooba(1976)

Saawan Ke Jhule Pade

Song from Jurmana(1979)

Rimjhim Gire Saawan 

Song from Manzil(1979)

Sawan Ko Aane Do
Song from  Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Monsoon in India plays very Important Role.The monsoon season is a blessing for the farmers across the country as well as for agriculture  During the monsoon the fields, crops, trees and plants come alive. The whole of nature comes to life in a 'sea of green' during the monsoons. No single event is more important to India than the coming of the monsoon  It is depicted in all of our literature and songs. It is the inspiration for half of our poetry and ragas  Indian Film Industry can not be left behind,lot of songs and scenes are created by our Dream merchants..Monsoon in Hindi Cinema spells magic, romance, intensity, drama or poetry. Its interpretation varies from context to context resulting in assorted vistas and multiple dimensions of the same. This incredible variety makes it one of the most breathtaking props of storytelling or to showcase the larger-than-life component of cinema.
Rains play quite an important role in movies. They help create scenes expressing a variety of emotions; from romance to pure mischief! Rains represent many things to people in the subcontinent.
Song-Saawan ke baadlon un se ye jaa kaho (Rattan)(1944) Singer-Zohrabai Ambaalewaali, Karan Dewan, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Naushad

The rains are synonymous to romance and form the perfect backdrop for any love-related situation, from sweet confessions of love to the sensuous coming together of two soul mates. And this is not a new found trend, but a ritual that has been practised over the years and never failed audiences and filmmakers alike. Pick up any popular love song and you will see the rains play a crucial role in intensifying the moments of romance and adding to the sizzling chemistry
The Monsoon season in India lasts for 3-4 months in India, Saawan and Bhaadon the Hindi months come during this period,there are plenty of songs based on ‘Sawan’ itself  and that one can even overlook the Baarish/Barsaat/Kaali Ghataa/Megh/Badal or Badariya  songs if one has to make a compilation and that’s what I am going on to in this post. The idea is also to relate to and connect to most of the songs that I will be mentioning over here,I am starting from 1940s onward.

Bandhan”(1940) was directed by N R Acharya for Bombay Talkies, Bombay. The movie had Leela Chitnis, Ashok Kumar, v H Desai, P F Pithawala, Shahnawaz, Suresh, Arun Kumar Mukherji etc in it.
This is a topical song as it is about the arrival of Saawan. Only Audio of this song is available. Leela Chitnis is the singer. Pradeep is the lyricist. This song is composed by Saraswati Devi.

Song – Ghat Kaali Kaali Chaayi, Badariya Jhoom Jhoom Ke Aayi (Barsaat Ki Ek Raat) (1948) Singer – Munawwar Sultana, 

Song: Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi Film: Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)

In 1941 a Film "MALA"came with a song"Kahe Barse Jaaye Badariya"here the lyricist wants the rain to stop so that she can meet her lover..This song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki music by Naushad


There’s no rain here, but there’s the anticipation of rain and the hoped-for meeting with a beloved that the rain brings with it. The song from Barsaat(1949)

(Barsaat, 1949, Shankar-Jaikishan, Shailendra, Lata Mangeshkar)

“Shokhiyaan” (1951) was an Ambitious Pictures production. It was directed by Kidar Sharma. The movie had Premnath, Suraiyya, Nazira, Shanta Kanwar, Jeevan, Kamlesh, Achla Sachdev, Rajendra Vyas, Ramesh Sinha etc in it.Here Barkha song was picturised in a different style.Song sung by Lata with chorus

SHOKHIYAN 1951 aaye barkha bahaar pade boondan

In 1951 Navketan's Baazi came with this song sung by Geeta Dutt music by S D Burman

Dekh ke akeli mohe barkha sataaye (Baazi)(1951

It is one of the most well known rain songs of all time which shows Raj Kapoor and Nargis in rain, with just one umbrella between them. Raj Kapoor tries to give the umbrella to Nargis, and she gives it back to him, and in the end both of them find themselves under the same umbrella, though it does not help them getting drenched.Here is this iconic song from “Shree 420” (1955).

Pyaar huaa iqraar hua hai (Shree 420)(1955) Singers-Manna Dey,Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Here is a song on the same theme from the movie “Do Aankhen Baarah Haath” (1956).Wonderful lyrics written by Bharat Vyas, a rousing, thunderous and a racy composition by Vasant Desai. And the best of all, it is the voices of Manna Dey and Lata.  Listen to the words carefully, each antaraa is so beautifully worded that it touches the heart.

Ho umad ghumad kar aayee re ghataa (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath)(1956) Singer-Manna Dey, Lata, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Vasant Desai

‘Matwaala jiya doley piya jhoome ghataa chhaaye re baadal’ from Mother India

It is a romantic song. At the same time, it is a rain song as well. And, it is a song whose picturisation makes it an incredibly sensuous song as well.This song is from Kaala Bazaar(1960)

“rimjhim ke taraane leke aayi barsaat”.Singers-Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Shailendra,MD-S D Burman

This is a rain song par excellence. Everything about this song is outstanding. Shailendra’s lyrics are the real star of this song, I feel and then the music of Salil Chaudhary and the voice of Lata create a heady cocktail. And the song is picturised nicely on Sadhana, 

-O sajna barkhaa bahaar aayi (Parakh) (1960) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra,MD-Salil Chaudhary

It is one kind of a fun rain song The rain begins and everyone including men, woman and even a fowl is seen running for cover,but their running for cover is not as desperate as that of “proper” people. They try to get under an umbrella, in case they are not carrying one of their own. Raj Kapoor songs are not complete without a few ladies dancing in it. And the song shows a lady seen dancing in rain, with not an umbrella or raincoat with her, and enjoying the rain.

-Dam dam diga diga(Chhaliya) (1960) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Torrential rains. Car breaks down. Pretty driver steps out. Flirtatious mechanic breaks into a song. There's much to enjoy, on screen and off it, courtesy Madhubala's damp diva and Kishore Kumar's animated bantering in this playful track from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.

(Sujata, 1959, SD Burman, Majrooh Sultanpuri), Asha Bhonsle)
It's a lovely duet of Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar which is picturized on Sunil Dutt and Nanda. Shailendra is the lyricist and Salil Chaudhary is the composer.(Usne Kaha Tha - 1960) Watch this song to feel the fragrance of the Indian soil in the rainy season, filled with jolliness, enthusiasm and love.
Aha Rimjhim Ke Ye Pyare Pyare Geet Liye, Aayi Raat Suhaani Dekho Preet Liye (Usne Kaha Tha - 1960)

This song may be less known, but all the attributes of a Talat Mahmood classic can be very much noticed in this song. That way, it is a forgotten gem that needs to be brought up to the notice of Bollywood music lovers. This song is  from “Reshmi Roomaal” (1961) where Talat Mahmood sings for Manoj Kumar. Raja Mehdi Ali Khan wrote the lyrics and the music director was a lesser known name viz Babul.

Jab chaaye kabhi saawan ki ghataa(Reshmi Roomaal) (1961) Singer-Talat Mehmood, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Babul
 This song is windy and wild, and very sexy; and I wish with *all my heart* I were the heroine in this monsoon cavorting with Shammi.

Dil Tera Deewana” from Dil Tera Deewana (1962) (sung by Rafi and Lata, music by Shankar Jaikishan).

The song “sawan ke maheene mein” has been sung by Rafi wonderfully well. What is more, it has two versions, viz slower ( sad) and faster (happy) version.
song from Sharabi (1963)

“Sawan ka maheena” really caught the imagination of the public, so much so that this song became the most popular song of the year 1967.Sung by Mukesh and Lata,this song was written by Anand Bakshi and the music direction was by Laxmikant Pyarelal. 

Saawan ka maheena (Milan) (1967) Singers-Lata, Mukesh, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal 

The title song of the movie, sung by Rafi, Lata and chorus, picturized on Dharmendra, Asha Parekh and others. It's another gem from the team of Laxmi-Pyare and Anand Bakshi.

Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke (Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke - 1969)

A very good romantic song picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman getting drenched in the heavy rains. Sung by Kishore and Lata, penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by R.D. Burman

Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein, Meethi Meethi Baaton Mein, Aisi Barsaaton Mein (Ajnabee - 1974)

A great romantic song, surprisingly in a memorable comedy of Hindi cinema, sung by Lata picturized on Sharmila Tagore (singing for Dharmendra). Written by Anand Bakshi. Composed by S.D. Burman.

Ab Ke Sajan Saawan Mein, Aag Lagegi Badan Mein (Chupke Chupke - 1975)

Song from Do Raaste

 This song is picturised on Dharmendra and Asha Parekh. Anand Bakshi was the lyricist and its litling music was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Kuchh kahta hai ye saawan (Mera Gaaon Mera Desh) (1971) 

The lyrics are great – the guy is asking the rain to come down harder so that his girl friend cant go. A Mukesh song written by Sawan Kumar Tak,music by Usha Khanna

                                        BARKHA RANI ZARA JAM KE BARSO - Mukesh - SABAK 1973

Zeenat Aman dancing in a rain-drenched sari and singing, Haaye haaye yeh majboori, even if she was paired with Manoj Kumar.The music by Lakshmikant Pyarelal, the lyrics by verma malik, Lata’s teasing voice, and Zeenat’s sultry looks and dancing, they all combined to make this song a hit 

Haay haay ye majboori ye mausam aur ye doori (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan) (1974)

Here is this song from “Sharmilee” (1971) which is sung by Lata. It is picturised on Rakhi Lyrics by Neeraj
Megha chhaaye aadhi raat bairan ban gayi nindiyaa (Sharmilee) (1971) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD- S D Burman

 A joyful Kishore-Asha duet with surprisingly pleasant jovial acting by late Smita Patil with Amitabh Bachchan. It's been written by Anjaan and composed by Bappi Lahari

Watch the golden classic all time hit Bollywood rain song 'Rim Jhim Gire Sawan' from the critically acclaimed superhit Bollywood blockbuster romantic Hindi movie 'Manzil' (1979), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee

                                     Rim Jhim Gire Sawan - Classic Romantic Rain Song 

                                     Kaate Nahi Katate Yeh Din Yeh Raat,Kishore Kumar, Alisha Chinai

It's a timeless emotional song with the backdrop of rain, hence should be a part of this list only.sung by Suresh Wadkar and emotionally performed by Vinod Khanna on the screen. The highly emotional, pain-soaked words have been written by Anand Bakshi and the melancholy-filled melodious composition has been done by Shiv-Hari 
Lagi Aaj Saawan Ki Phir Wo Jhadi Hai (Chandni - 1989) 

 A melodious duet by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu, picturized on Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor, penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by R.D. Burman.

Rimjhim Rimjhim Runjhun Runjhum, Bheegi Bheegi Roott Mein, Tum Hum Hum Tum, Chalte Hain (1942, A Love Story - 1994) 
Kajol performs memorably in rain on Lata's song sung in the music direction of Jatin Lalit which has been written by Anand Bakshi.

Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, Aake Mujhe Chhed Jaaye (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge - 1995) :

Lyric of Javed Akhtar, composed by A.R. Rehman for this much acclaimed movie of Aamir Khan has been jointly sung by singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan.
Ghanan Ghanan Ghan Ghir Aaye Badra (Lagaan - 2001) 

Sung by Babul Supriyo and Alka Yagnik, music by Jatin Lalit,Karan and Rhea express their feelings for each other in the song as the rain pours
Hum Tum” from Hum Tum (2004)

Tip Tip Barsa Paani
Movie: Mohra

Barso Re Megha