If Bollywood has used one festival to create remarkable situations and dramatic moments to its fullest capacity, and continues to do so with aplomb, then it is undoubtedly the festival of colours. With just one day left for the festival of colours, Holi, we cannot deny the important role it has played in adding up the much necessary mirch-masala to our films. From tragic to romantic, comedy to thriller, Bollywood films have portrayed different shades of Holi and there is none that does not owe some of its evergreen moments to this festival. Here is a list of some notable Holi sequences which remain etched in our minds for years now:
The movie’s biggest high drama moment comes on the day of Holi. When Jai and Veeru discuss how Thakur and his family has been inhumanly brutalised by the dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh. In fact, the entire twenty-odd minutes are woven around the festival of Holi.
For every woman of the 1990s ‘Darr’s Holi sequence was bone-chilling horror. When a stalker walks up to Kiran and rubs colour on her cheeks and says “I love you KKKK…Kiran”.
Just when we all thought that Amitabh will never be able to match his act of “Rang barse”; out of nowhere, in 2004, came this sleeper hit called ‘Baaghban’.
YEH JAWANI HAI DEEWANI
That Holi songs means a guarantee of a chartbuster is evident yet again from the “Balam pichkari” song in this only 100 crore plus movie that Ranbeer Kapoor had until then, acted in. This is again not just a Holi song but set around the festival.
GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAAM-LEELA
Sanjay Leela Bhansali does not know how to be subtle, so when his pomp-fused with Holi in ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’, the audience saw an explosion of colours. Also given the chemistry of Ranveer and Deepika the Holi song based romance of Ram and Leela remains one of the high points of the movie.
JOLLY LLB 2
‘Jolly LLB 2’ the latest Akshay Kumar hit also draws its major plot point around this festival. He has just tricked a trusting client into paying a hefty fee and purchased his own chamber in the court. Just as the fun and dance of Holi ends, Jolly is confronted by this woman, who kills herself on the same day. A festival that brings hope and happiness comes with a tragedy and a wake-up call for Jolly. Holi again provided drama to this mass hit.