A Holi shot

holi_2784880f“Itna mazaa kyun aa raha hai, hawa mein zaroor bhang mila hain”

Stack up your play list this Holi with this ready reckoner…

So, all set for Holi? Not just colours, water balloons, gujiyas, malpuas, and thandai! Holi is never ever complete without some rocking music. While the Badshahs and Honey Singhs of the world will keep your feet tapping, there is always Hindi film music to fill any gap. Here are some filmi songs that has kept us dancing over the years. It is time to put on your dancing shoes.

The list is subjective. Feel free to add or delete.

Balam pichakari jo tune aisi maari (Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani): You can’t have a Holi party without this hit number by Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade.

I know you know it, your friend knows it, my cousin knows it, her friend knows but it would be blasphemy if I don’t mention it. For a long time Hindi film music lovers like me waited for a rapchik holi song and this solved our problem. Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur just killed it. Deepika’s thumkas, Shalmali’s intoxicating voice, and of course some brilliant lyrics “Itna mazaa, kyun aa raha hai, Tune hawa mein bhaang milaya; Dugna nasha, kyun ho raha hai; Aankhon se meetha tune khilaya” can lift your Holi spirits.

Do me a favour let’s play Holi (Waqt: The Race Against Time): Please don’t kill me for including this song, but I love Anu Malik, his strange voice, his original and not-so-original compositions. But most importantly, I love this Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan song. Priyanka Chopra oozed oomph and Akshay Kumar behaved like a typical roadside Romeo. It is amazingly infectious beats can easily get you dancing.

Hori khele Raghuvira Awadh mein (Baghban) This song is all about lyrics. Beautiful words by Sameer woven into a melodious composition by late Aadesh Shrivastava. Sung masterfully by Sukhwinder Singh, Amitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. It is fun-filled folkish tone feels just so perfect for any Holi.

Rang Barse (Silsila): Now this is a real gem and evokes Holi spirit at its best. It has everything, naughty lyrics, harmless flirting, abir-gulal, bhaang…everything that Holi is known for.

The rustic and raw voice of Amitabh Bachchan just takes it to another level.

Jai Jai Shiv Shankar (Aap Ki Kasam): This is not your typical Holi song but I can’t let the festival pass without this one.

What an absolute fun song by none other than Pancham da! And the rendition by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar is equally incredible.

I feel intoxicated, I feel soaked in the spirit of this song every time I hear it. I prefer to match steps with Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz who are high on bhaang. I adore Kaka sahib but I worship Mumtaz…her killer expressions, her locks, her body-hugging style of draping the sari!

And these almost made it

* Holi aayi re kanhai holi aayi re (Mother India) Shamshad Begum

* Arre Ja re hat natkhat (Navrang) Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor

* Holi ke din dil khil jaate hain (Sholay)

* Aaj Na chodenge bas humjoli (Kati Patang) ….and the list is endless

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