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Hemant Pal

The plot of films has a special relationship with festivals. There are many films in which the stories were created based on festivals. Holi was most used in such cases. Because Holi is such a festival whose context makes it easy to bring a twist in the plot. If you remember, in every film in which Holi scenes or songs appeared, there was a sudden change in the story. The relationship between Holi and cinema is very deep. Even though Holi is a festival of colours, it has dominated the screen since the era of black and white films. Whenever the director needs an opportunity to bring a twist in the story of the film, the easiest way is to change the plot of the story by bringing in the context of a festival. One can remember from ‘Jakhmi’ to ‘Sholay’ and ‘Silsila’, in which the track of the story was completely changed after the Holi song.

Holi scenes started from the film ‘Jwar Bhata’

There are many films in which Holi became an important part of the plot. Sometimes Holi strengthened the relationship of love and sometimes it became the cause of enmity. Whenever Holi was shown in cinema, there was definitely a twist in the plot. Probably for the first time in film history, in 1944, Amiya Chakraborty filmed the Holi scene with Dilip Kumar in ‘Jwar Bhata’. After that the trend of showing Holi in films started. This was the era of black and white films. When Holi scenes started attracting the audience, there was a competition to include them in the storyline. ‘Holi Aayi Re Kanhai’ sung by Shamshad Begum in ‘Mother India’ is still heard. V Shantaram also composed the Holi song ‘Chal Ja Re Hat Natkhat’ in the film ‘Navrang’ which was filmed on Mahipal and Sandhya. Some good scenes of Holi were seen on screen in the films of the 70s. The song ‘Aaj Na Chhotenge Hum Hamjoli’ filmed on Rajesh Khanna in ‘Kati Patang’ was kept by the director to break the social bond in which a widow is thrown out by the society.

Sajan will play Holi today…

If we talk about Holi songs, the first song that comes from the 1940 film ‘Aurat’ comes first. In this film of director Mehboob Khan, the songs composed by Anil Biswas, ‘Aaj Holi Khelenge Sajan Ke Sang’ and ‘Jamuna Tat Shyam Khele Hori’ are considered to be the first Holi songs of Hindi cinema. Later Mehboob Khan made the story of this film with the name ‘Mother India’. In this too, the evergreen song of Holi was ‘Holi Aayi Re Kanhai Rang Chhalke, Baja De Zara Bansuri’. After that, the song ‘Daro Re Rang Daro Re Rasiya’ from ‘Jogan’ sung by Geeta Dutt became a superhit Holi song. Even during the era of black and white films, Holi songs were liked by the audience.

Hearts blossom on the day of Holi…

Even if colors were not visible on the screen, the magic of these songs was such that people felt a colorful Holi on the screen. Apart from Dilip Kumar’s performance in the first Technicolor film ‘Aan’ made in the country, the song ‘Khelo Rang Hamare Sang’ of this film created a lot of magic on the people. Then the sequence of Holi songs continued. Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s teasing song ‘Holi ke din dil khil jaatein’ from Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’ is heard on every Holi. Holi songs were played extensively in the films of the 70s and 80s. Among the superhit Holi songs made during this period, the song Holi Aayi Re.. from ‘Shadyantra’, the song ‘Mal De Gulal Mohe’ from ‘Kaamchor’ and the song ‘Holi Khele Raghuveera..’ from the film ‘Bagban’ became classic songs. But, the biggest hit was the song ‘Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali Rang Barse’ sung by Amitabh from the film ‘Silsila’.

Lots of colors spread on the screen to give a twist to the story - dainiktribuneonline.comHoli theme should also be used to change the track.

Whenever the filmmakers felt the need for a fun song, a song related to Holi was included in the story. Even in the early days of cinema, when films were in black and white, Holi episodes were filmed and liked. If we look at it, till now one film has been made with the name ‘Holi’ and the other film has been made with the name ‘Holi Aayi Re’. Two films were also made with the title ‘Phagun’. In 1967, the film ‘Bhakta Prahlad’ was made in which the religious basis of Holi was explained. Holi scenes were also used to get the film’s plot out of a difficult situation or to change its track. Yash Chopra used Holi scenes repeatedly in his films. The song ‘Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali’ from ‘Silsila’ released in 1981 was written only to get out of the confusing situation. This Holi song itself gave Amitabh and Rekha a chance to get out of their suffocation. While singing ‘Rang Barse…’, Amitabh gets so intoxicated with Bhang that he forgets the presence of Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri. This changes the story of the film. Anil Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri’s love was enhanced in ‘Holi Aayi Holi Aayi..’ from the 1984 film ‘Mashal’. Also presented a silent dialogue between Dilip Kumar and Waheeda. A similar scene was also in Yash Chopra’s film ‘Dar’. Holi incident gives Shahrukh a chance to get closer to Juhi Chawla. In ‘Mohabbatein’, Yash Chopra filmed the Holi sequence between the couples from ‘Sohni Sohni Ankhiyon Wali’. Rajkumar Santoshi also made Holi the main basis of the story in ‘Damini’.

The twist came after the Holi scene in ‘Sholay’

In ‘Sholay’, villagers are seen celebrating Holi, unaware of the attack by Gabbar Singh’s dacoit gang. It is also here that Jai and Veeru encounter the bandits for the first time. In the film ‘Jakhmi’, Sunil Dutt challenges his enemies by playing the tambourine on Holi. In Basu Chatterjee’s film ‘Dillagi’, Dharmendra woos Hema Malini by singing Holi songs. Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil’s Holi song in ‘Aakhir Kyun’ creates new complications in relationships. There are many films in which Holi scenes were shown either with the help of songs or to depict any good or bad incident. In the movie ‘Mohabbatein’, all the boys of the hostel are successful in celebrating Holi with their girlfriends after getting thrown out of Gurukul. Apart from this, there are many such films in which the plot changed suddenly after the Holi scenes. Phagun, Mother India, Waqt, Jakhmi, Kati Patang, Baghban, Deewana, Mangal Pandey, Delhi Heights in which Holi was not only filmed as a festival but also became a part of the plot.

After many years came ‘Balam Pichkari Jo Tune…’

The song ‘Tan Rang Lo Ji Aaj Man Rang Lo’ from ‘Kohinoor’ was also liked. A Holi song was also filmed in ‘Godaan’. The story was taken forward through the song ‘Saat Rang Mein Khel Rahi Hai Dilwalon Ki Toli Re’ from ‘Aakhir Kyun’ and the song ‘Mal De Gulal Mohe’ from ‘Kamchor’. The craze of Holi in films continued till the last decade. The song ‘Balam Pichkari Jo Tune Mujhe Mari’ from Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ became a big hit. After this, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff were definitely seen making a splash in a Holi song in ‘War’. But then no such Holi song was heard which was on the tongue.

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