Fading colors of Holi from Bollywood movies


Holi has been a significant part of Bollywood- and sadly, this is a thing of just the past. Numerous films of the bygone era are still loved for the festivities of Holi they featured. As the years have passed by, the colors of Holi have gradually faded from filmdom. This beautiful aspect of Indian culture has been replaced by action, crime, science fiction and all other things aimed at drawing crowd to the theatres.

Among these ‘Holi’ films of the olden days, the most special one is certainly ‘Silsila’. The song ‘Rang barse’ of this Amitabh-Jaya-Rekha starrer tops the charts when it comes to celebrating Holi. Featuring Rekha and drunk Amitabh in the most playful mood, this fun filled song speaks the spirit of Holi. Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna is another on-screen couple to indulge in the fun and frolic of Holi - in ‘Aaj na chhodenge’ from their 1970 film ‘Kati Patang’. The rural setting paired with the endless joy of the festival is made even more of a fun with the shy Asha Parekh and the flirtatious Rajesh Khanna. Big B has enjoyed too much Holi in his filmdom. Yet another instance is ‘Holi ke din’ from ‘Sholay’. With her graceful moves, Hema Malini is the charm of the song and is joined by the handsome Amitabh and of course the love struck Dharmendra.

In the recent years, Holi has been featured on just a handful of films. Filmmakers have turned their attention to glamour instead, that plays the most essential role in the success of films. Looking at movies like ‘Dhoom’ series, one can infer that Bollywood has been heavily inspired from the western world. The audience too, finds the racing and the high-voltage action very appealing. Another factor that has made the Indian culture almost vanish from the film industry is that of superheroes. This is evident from films like ‘Krrish’ that learn from the likes of Superman and Spiderman.

The modern films that feature valuable traditions of the Indian culture are just a few. On such recent one is Deepika- Ranbir starrer ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ in 2013. The film’s ‘Balam Pichkari’ was loved by the youth and has become one of the tracks without which Holi feels ncomplete. Yet another one of the few is the track ‘Lahu munh lag gaya’ in ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela’ that beautifully depicts Holi with the modern touch of Deepika and Ranveer’s bold romance.