Hindi cinema has an eternal relationship with the monsoons. 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 newfound 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.

Pandolin takes a look at some of Bollywood’s famous romantic songs set in the rains that have created and continue to weave magic over the years.

Pyaar hua iqraar hua:

Think monsoons and one of the first tracks that come to mind is the eternally soulful song, Pyaar hua iqraar hua, from Shree 420 (1955). Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey sung this song featuring Hindi cinema’s favourite on-screen couple, Raj Kapoor and Nargis, as they confess their love through this innocent love ballad. Their chemistry is unmissable and they form the perfect picture of love as they walk through the rains under a single umbrella, an image that continues to be etched in our minds along with the melody of this lovely number. The music of the film was composed by Shankar Jaikishen and renowned lyricist Shailendra penned this romantic number.


Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si: 

Singing maestro Kishore Kumar created a rage of sorts with this romantic playful number from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958). With the rains as a backdrop, the flirtatious undertones of this black and white number picturised on Kishore Kumar and Madhubala win you over. The unusual chemistry between two strangers, a car mechanic and a pretty girl seeking shelter from the rains, adds to the overall charm of the song and it continues to be legendary even today. S.D.Burman composed the music of this film with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Bheegi bheegi raaton main:

This song featuring the sensuous Zeenat Aman and superstar Rajesh Khanna getting drenched on a rainy night is filled with coy and flirty moments. Bheegi bheegi raaton main from Ajnabee (1974) is a passionate number that sets the mood with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious voices. The music of the film was composed by the legendary R.D.Burman and the lyrics have been penned by Anand Bakshi. The song is a hit with youngsters even today and has been remixed on several occasions.

Rimjhim gire saawan:

The dashing Amitabh Bachchan and demure Moushmi Chatterjee walking hand in hand through Mumbai’s favourite spots soaking in the monsoons makes for an ideal romantic setting. Lata Mangeshkar’s harmonious vocals in this track from Manzil (1979) have a calming effect on your senses and encourage you to go out and enjoy the rains with your loved one. The simplicity of the music composed by R D Burman accompanied by Yogesh’s memorable lyrics make this a classic romantic rain song.



p style=”text-align: left;”>Aaj Rapat Jaaye

Playful, mischievous and high on romance is how you’d best define Aaj rapat jaaye from Namak Halal (1982). Bappi Lahiri plays on the fun elements of the monsoon as Amitabh Bachchan and the svelte Smita Patil groove in the rain. Once again Kishore Kumar enthralls us with his voice along with the brilliant Asha Bhonsle’s vocals and together they get us tapping to this peppy number. Anjaan’s apt lyrics amplify the naughtiness and create a sensational song.

Lagi aaj saawan 

A nostalgic song from the super hit film Chandni (1989), Lagi aaj sawaan ki is reminiscent of the sweet memories associated with the monsoon. As Sridevi playfully dances in the rain, Vinod Khanna goes back in time to remember his past love. Suresh Wadkar’s voice brings to life the pain of lost love in this song beautifully written by Anand Bakshi with music composed by Shiv Hari. Though a sad love song, it strikes a chord with the listeners making it to the list of the best romantic numbers set in the monsoon.

Tip Tip Barsa Paani

This foot tapping song from Mohra (1994) oozes sensuality. The wet sari-clad Raveena Tandon scorches up the screen with her seductive dance moves and accompanying her is heartthrob Akshay Kumar. The sizzling on-screen chemistry of this couple made Tip tip barsa paani an iconic monsoon song. The music of the film was scored by Viju Shah while Anand Bakshi has written the lyrics. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan are the playback singers for this track which can make you go weak in the knees even in this time and age.


Bhaage Re Mann

Not your conventional romantic song, Bhaage re mann features Kareena Kapoor at her gleeful best. This song from Chameli (2004) shows Kareena who plays a prostitute enjoy the rain in gay abandon even as she lures Rahul Bose to join her. Sandesh Shandilya’s harmonious music coupled with Irshad kamil’s thoughtful lyrics give birth to a delightful song which is further accentuated by Sunidhi Chauhan’s mesmerizing voice. Bhaage re mann is a sensuous yet innocently playful number that stays with you.

Saanson ko saanson main

This song from Hum Tum (2004) is the perfect romantic song for the madly-in-love couple perfectly illustrated by Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan. The melodious and passionate number is composed by Jatin-Lalit and sung by Babul Supriyo and Alka Yagnik. Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics are like a promise of eternal love and create a longing for your partner everytime you hear the song.  Undoubtedly amongst the most romantic numbers of all times.

Tum Hi Ho

No song in recent times has created the kind of stir that Tum hi ho from Aashqui 2 (2013) did. Mithoon’s touching composition (he has composed and written the song) further beautified by Arijit Singh’s splendid rendition gave listeners a love anthem of sorts. The rains create the perfect setting for this expression and proclamation of love to the whole world. Featuring Adtiya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, Tum hi ho was an instant hit and topped charts worldwide. It was also awarded the Most Entertaining Song of the year at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 and has found a much deserved place in the list of evergreen romantic rain songs.

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