Ek Ticket, Ek Black Coffee: Best Rain Scenes and Songs from Bollywood Movies

Rimjhim gire sawan, sulag sulag jaaye man, bheege aaj is mausam mein lagi kaisi yeh agan…‘ writes the poet. But is it just a song you hear forever during the rains, not knowing how important the rains are to movies?

To borrow from Shakespeare, remember the refrain of the song the jester sings at the end of the comedy Twelfth Night: ‘For the rain, it rains every day’ or the most popular: ‘But sweet! What light through the window there? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. The bard knew that time reflected how his characters felt.

Given that the weather outside is humid and there is a blanket of dark clouds threatening to burst over all of us, we should explore how some movies get to the right place when it comes to the time. We’re talking Bollywood here for now or I’ll end up writing tons of rain in Zhang Yimou’s jaw-dropping fight in the rain in his fabulous movie Hero (Jet Li fighting Donny Yen and more…).

Once upon a time in Bollywood movie songs “moved the narrative forward” superbly with songs like “Ek jaal hai zulfon ka tu bach ke nikal ja‘ (Kahin pe nigahen kahin pe nishana of Dev Anand’s CID). And we have rain songs to fill every corner of your soul. But what does rain have to do with telling the story?

Fall in love with ek ladki bheegi bhaaghi if is perfect in Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. I wouldn’t want to be the dad when the son calls him and then is stunned by this girl who gets out of her car and dances with the kids in the rain.

Think the gazebo scene is better? I admit my bias because I think no one loves a woman like Shah Rukh Khan does. And he’s right. When you are in the arms of your loved one, the music begins to play…

If you were too young when the couples dropped the umbrella and chose to cuddle under denim jackets in the middle of the street (Aashiqui 2), then you’ll probably remember how Tiger Shroff (now more manly with facial furniture that suits her well) walks in the rain to persuade Shraddha Kapoor and at that moment she notices the ring.

You thought I forgot SRK in his best RJ moment with a girl on a train platform? Of course not! Manisha Koirala is a little ‘nyaka‘ (the Bengali word that doesn’t have a perfect single word option in English) for my taste, but what she does to him has become slang in our time (when guys were heartbroken at ’cause a girl didn’t show up on a date, we’d say, ‘Dil Se ho gaya iska‘.

When you love them chaadi follows naturally, because Bollywood. Imagine this, Shah Rukh has just promised his father that he will be the “good” son. Of course, his resolve melts in the rain when he sees his beloved bereaved.

Hrithik Roshan dances with Preity Zinta in the rain after Jaadu’s magic works on him, but when he sees Priyanka Chopra dancing in the rain in Agneepath, you feel what he feels. For some weird reason, Priyanka Chopra just didn’t look like a gaon ki gori…

The award for stalking in the rain goes to Akshay Khanna eyeing three girls dancing in white in the rain, singing Taal Se Taal Mila…Even though at one point he looks like he tasted the rain that was made of lemon juice when it’s supposed to be a thrill to recognize he’s in love… Someone should order a coffee table book with heroines singing songs in the rain wearing white saris.

But there are movies that take the rain metaphor to the extreme. Tumbbad – the movie is the best example. This village is cursed, so the village is covered in gray and it rains here, all the time. The film is so brilliant that you will drown in all the emotion the film extracts from you.

Raincoat is of course another movie that very obviously deals with a rocky relationship between two people. I think Ajay Devgn is very good in the film, as a man who came all the way from Bhagalpur to Calcutta to ask his friends for money, his discomfort is wonderfully shown and the hesitation in his eyes by Aishwarya Rai is amazing.

Life In A Metro is all about Mumbai. You watch the movie with a smile on your face because you’ve been a part of the situations the characters find themselves in or seen the stories unfold in front of you. Irrfan Khan, Shiny Ahuja, Shilpa Shetty, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kay Kay Menon and Sharman Joshi are among the main cast. The film is available on Netflix if this rain scene inspires you. The songs in this movie are great too…

When I first watched Wake Up Sid, I was amazed at how titled and privileged young man Sid, played by Ranbir Kapoor, is. My heart went out to Konkona Sen Sharma – who I still believe deserved better than a spoiled brat who is mostly directionless. His realization that Konkona is the one he loves happens – you guessed it – when it’s raining outside…

No matter how hard the rain, when it comes to the two hottest creatures on screen, when they’re playing basketball, it better rain. It will refresh the joy these two can create by playing basketball together. Aah, how gorgeous Sunheri is in this scene.

Enough with the fogging of your glasses? Next, let’s see two fabulous fight scenes that include the rain beautifully. The first of course has Rajinikanth as Kaala, in a dressed with an umbrella to protect him from the rain.

The second part of KGF has a fabulous mara husband stage. It’s self explanatory, so here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IpUWa1rw68

Now funerals are made great by adding a little rain for the mourners so they can get the umbrellas out. When I watched Vikram on Disney+Hotstar I ended up laughing because it only rains during the funeral, the rest of the time the roads are dry…

To top off that corny list on rain-soaked stages, this particular song reigns supreme. It’s Charal from the movie Kuselan (technically a Tamil movie, but Billu Barber was made in Hindi so I guess that’s okay!). When I go out in the rain, I end up looking like a scruffy bird. Watch it and wish you too could look like Nayanthara when dancing in the rain…

About the Author:
Manisha Lakhe writes about movies and TV shows, is a poet, teacher, traveler, and mom (and not necessarily in that order). Could sell his soul for Pinot and a good cheesecake.

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