Bollywood is not just about acting, comedy, action, drama, emotions and glamour but it is also about the festivals of India which are beautifully presented through movies. Festivals like Holi, Diwali, Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratra, Karwachauth and Eid have been celebrated in our Bollywood movies since time immemorial.
There are so many Bollywood songs based on these festivals that it is very difficult to mention them all here. But there are some very popular and evergreen numbers which add more fun to the festivities and make them even more special, exciting, memorable and wonderful.When I look back at the past and think of a good Bollywood song on Holi, this one hits my mind and is my personal favourite – “Chal Ja Re Hat Natkhat”.
There are a lot of festival songs belonging to the golden era including “Holi Ke Din Dil Mil Jate Hain,” “Rang Barse Bheegey Chunar Wali Rang Barse”, “Aaj na chodenge bas humjoli khelenge hum holi”.
The trend continues even today and we have modern Holi numbers like “Do me a favour let’s play Holi,” “Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein Holi Khele Raghuveera.”
Similarly, we have several songs in Bollywood movies that are based on Rakshabandhan such as “Bhaeeya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko Nibhana,” “Behna Ne Bhai Ki Kalai Se”, “Rakhi Bandhan Hai Aisa,” “Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka Sabka Kehna Hai,” “Mere Bhaeeya Mere Chanda Mere Anmol Ratan”.Similarly there are numerous Bollywood songs on which Garba and Dandiya is performed every year during Navratras.
A new trend that has hit the Bollywood is the Karwachauth which is equally given importance in small as well as big screen. There are a number of films that have shown scenes where the actors are seen celebrating Karwachauth.
There are songs like “Boley Choodiyaan, Boley Kangana” from the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Chaand Chupa Baadal mein from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and many more which express the pure love between a husband and a wife.
Another important festival is the Kite Festival shown in several movies. The credit for making the Kite Festival popular goes to our Bollywood movies as very few people earlier knew about it.
However, in the golden era, some movies depicted festivals related to harvesting and blockbuster like ‘Mother India’ is one of those.
But today, the trend has changed now and such festivals have almost disappeared. Today Bollywood is more focused towards glamour.The festivals are important part of Bollywood and the Bollywood songs are important part of our lives as we celebrate the occasion with more enthusiasm and zeal.
The songs from yesteryears make us feel nostalgic every time we listen to them as they remind us of the lovely time spent with our families during festivals.
Bindiya Bhatt is Sub Editor of News Nation. News Nation is one of the repotted media agencies of India.