Isn’t it amazing how a simple word like ‘monsoon’ can put a smile on your face? A continuous drizzle, smell of wet grass, your favourite song on the radio and a hot cup of tea by your side makes a perfect rainy day. From Tip Tip Barsa Paani to Yeh Baarish Ka Pani, Bollywood has had some of the most beautiful songs pertaining to the season of romance. We can’t thank our singers enough for weaving magic into our ears by lending their voice to the beautiful lyrics which leaves us with a warm, mushy feeling.
We all have a favourite monsoon song in our playlist. Let’s find out the monsoon soundtracks which our singers listen to.
Singer Jonita Gandhi has lent her voice to some of the most beautiful songs to come out of Bollywood. Talking about monsoon, she said “the sound of rain is soothing and therapeutic. I think any mellow romantic song would complement the feeling of hearing the rain and looking out your window. My Bollywood picks would be O Saathi Re (Omkara) and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Meenaxi).”
Shalmali Kholgade has given out, time and again, foot tapping numbers ever since she stepped into Bollywood. Sharing her favourite monsoon song she said, “Safar from Jab Harry Met Sejal is my favourite number. I love driving in the rain and I love how I feel through this song. It’s got an acoustic guitar riff that lines the song beautifully. I love how the melody isn’t repetitive and full of character. I feel like the road I’m driving on is endless.”
The beautiful Tulsi Kumar, who has contributed to songs like Soch Na Sake, Saiyaan Superstar and other peppy numbers, loves the romantic monsoon vibes. She says, “the song that comes to my mind instantly with the word monsoon is Tip Tip Barsa Paani from Mohra. The sensuality, romance and fun that this song brings out is synonymous with the romantic monsoon weather.”
“I also love a lot of monsoon songs like the cult classic Rimjhim Gire Saawan by Lata ji n Kishore da, which really carries a strong melody along with the monsoon vibe in the lyrics. The second being the song Rimjhim Rimjhim Rumjhum Rumjhum Bheegi Bheegi Rut Mein from the film 1942 A Love Story carries the vibe of sheer romance in the monsoon season,” she adds.
The bold and beautiful actress/singer has sung quite a few grooving numbers. Sharing her monsoon favourite track she said, “It’s always hard for a singer to pick just one song because we love so many! I think I have two favourites. One is Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein the killer combination of Panchamda, Anand Bakshi, Kishore da and Lataji is absolutely magical! It’s romantic and beautiful at the same time and that’s what the Monsoons are to me! Another favourite is Tip Tip Barsa Paani. It is the most sensuous rain song ever. I love the melody but it’s the visuals that brought the song to life even more!”
Meiyang Chang from the Indian Idol fame says “for me, the perfect rain song is Phir Le Aya Dil from Barfi. While technically not a monsoon song, this beautiful melody about unrequited love gets me every single time & makes it rain in the realm of my heart, if that makes any sense.”
The Pappu Can’t Dance Saala singer, Tanvi Shah loves the song Rain by Madonna and Megha Re Megha from Lamhe. She narrated the incident that led her to become fond of the Madonna song: “it was the first time I tasted chai with my nani. They used to talk about how tea and samosas taste better on a rainy day. She then used to let us just run into the garden and get all drenched and jump around in the puddles.”
Monica Dogra, an American-Indian actress and musician from the band Shaa’ir and Func, says “my favourite monsoon song is Taal by AR Rahman. It sounds so liquid and lovely. It’s ambient but still exciting. AR Rahman is my all time favourite.”
Pawni Pandey from the Indian Idol fame told us her favourite monsoon songs. “Ghanan Ghanan, Barso Re Megha & Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein because they have the perfect flavour of the season. Monsoon for me is fun, beautiful & romantic. I find all these things in the above song.”
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