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Holi: An integral part of Bollywood films

The iconic Bollywood song 'Rang Barse' is from Silsila, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar


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

Kisan Kanya was known as India’s first colour film but did not start the colour era in Indian Cinema. Kisan Kanya was shot in Cinecolor.

 is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours”.

is a festival that goes beyond any religious boundaries. Over the years, Bollywood has made Holi an integral part and successfully made it even more popular. Right from the beginning Holi songs have been a massive hit and continue to be the same. It can be rightly said a Holi celebration is incomplete without hit songs Rang Baarse, Jai Jai Shiva Shankar, Ke Din Dil Khil Jaaten, etc being played.

The iconic Bollywood song ‘Rang Barse’ is from Silsila, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, and Sanjeev Kumar. Before the song begins, Chandni and Amit confess to each other’s spouses that they did not end marrying the person they were in love with.

Balam Pichkari’ song from this film is like a guide for turning into a party. But it is also in this song that Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) realises that Naina (Deepika Padukone) isn’t all studious and serious; that she has a fun side to her. Towards the end of the song, the duo a moment, and Naina confesses her love for Bunny.

Another Bollywood creation on is the song ‘Do me a favour, let’s play Holi’ from the movie ‘Waqt‘ starring Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra.

Ram and Leela do exactly this at a public celebration of where young men and women perform garba to the beats of ‘Lahu Munh Lag Gaya’.

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Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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