Holiwood: When Colors and Cinema Collide!

Holi and Bollywood

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to don your brightest and boldest colors, because Holi is here! This festival of love, joy, and all things colorful is a time to let loose, dance like nobody’s watching, and celebrate with your loved ones. And what better way to get into the Holi spirit than with some classic Bollywood tunes?

Get ready to paint the town red with these top Holi songs! Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. The festival marks the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. One of the most exciting parts of Holi is the vibrant colors, music, and dancing. From the groovy beats of “Rang Barse” to the playful lyrics of “Balam Pichkari,” these songs are sure to get you moving and grooving all day long. So grab some gulal, throw on your dancing shoes, and let’s get this Holi party started!

1. Rang Barse – Silsila (1981)

Since its release in 1981, no Holi celebration feels complete without playing Rang Barse in the background. Sung by Amitabh Bachchan, the lead actor of Silsila, and written by his father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, this song sets the perfect mood for Holi. The music was composed by Shiv-Hari.

2. Balam Pichkari – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Balam Pichkari is the Holi anthem for millennials. With an awesome rhythm and beat, this song sets itself apart from other Holi songs. Sung by Shalmali Kholgade and Vishal Dadlani, and composed by Pritam, the lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

3. Holi Khele Raghuveera – Baghban (2003)

Holi Khele Raghuveera from the movie Baghban has a desi feel to it, as the lyrics by Sameer carries the rural touch. Sung by Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sukhwinder Singh, and Alka Yagnik, this song will definitely get you grooving to its beats. The music was composed by Aadesh Srivastava.

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4. Do Me a Favor Let’s Play Holi – Waqt – The Race Against Time (2005)

Do Me a Favor Let’s Play Holi is the perfect song to dance to this Holi. Sung by Anu Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan, and written by Sameer, this song is a must-have in your Holi playlist. The music was composed by Anu Malik.

5. Holi ke Din – Sholay (1975)

Sholay, released in 1975, is a cult Bollywood movie, and the song Holi Ke Din is as irreplaceable as the popular dialogues in the movie. Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, and composed by R. D. Burman, this song is a must-have in your Holi playlist.

6. Chhan Ke Mohalla – Action Replay

Chhan Ke Mohalla from the Bollywood movie Action Replay is a fun Holi song to dance on. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Ritu Pathak, and composed by Pritam, the lyrics were written by Irshad Kamil.

7. Soni Soni – Mohabbatein (2000)

No Holi celebration is complete without the song “Soni Soni” from the movie Mohabbatein. The song features the voices of Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula, Udbhav, Manohar Shetty, Ishaan, and Shweta Pandit. The music is composed by Jatin-Lalit, and the lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

8. Lahu Muh Lag Gaya – Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

“Lahu Munh Lag Gaya” from the movie Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela is a sensuous Holi song featuring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The song is sung by Shail Hada, and the music is composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali with lyrics by Siddharth-Garima.

9. Holiya Me Ude Re Gulal – Ila Arun

“Holiya Mein Ude re Gulal” is a super-hit Holi song sung by Ila Arun. The song has become an iconic track for Holi celebrations in India. The music and lyrics are both composed by Ila Arun.

10. Jai Jai Shivshankar – War (2019)

“Jai Jai Shivshankar” from the movie War is a high-energy Holi song featuring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. The song is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Benny Dayal, with music by Vishal and Shekhar and lyrics by Kumaar.

11. Aaj Na Chodenge – Kati Patang (1970)

“Aaj Na Chhodenge” is a classic Holi song sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar from the movie Kati Patang. The music is composed by R.D. Burman, and the lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

12. Ang Se Ang Lagana – Darr (1993)

“Ang Se Ang Lagana” is a popular Holi song from the movie Darr. The song features the voices of Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Sudesh Bhosle, and Devki Pandit. The music is composed by Shiv-Hari, and the lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

13. Badri Ki Dulhania – Badrinath Ki Dulhania

“Badri Ki Dulhania” from the Hindi movie “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” is a popular Holi song that will make you want to dance. Featuring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, this song is sung by Dev Negi, Neha Kakkar, Monali Thakur, and Ikka. The music is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, and the lyrics are written by Shabbir Ahmed.

14. Go Pagal – Jolly LLB 2

“Go Pagal” from the movie Jolly LLB 2 is a romantic Holi song with a fun vibe. Featuring Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi, this song is sung by Raftaar and Nindy Kaur. The music is composed by Manj Musik, and the lyrics are written by Manj Musik and Raftaar.

15. Bajaa Bajaa Bajaa Dhol Bajaa – Mere Pyare Prime Minister

“Bajaa Bajaa Bajaa Dhol Bajaa Re” from the Bollywood movie Mere Pyare Prime Minister is the quirkiest Holi song you might have heard. This song features the voices of Shankar Mahadevan, Divya Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Rekha Bhardwaj, Shrinidhi Ghatate, and Neela Mulhekar. The music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and the lyrics are written by Gulzar.

16. Holi – Padmaavat

The traditional folk song “Holi” from the movie Padmaavat will make your Holi celebration perfect. Sung by Richa Sharma and Shail Hada, the music is composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

17. Gori Tu Latth Maar – Toilet- Ek Prem Katha

“Gori Tu Latth Maar” from the movie “Toilet – Ek Prem Katha” is a romantic yet quirky Holi song that you must dance to this Holi. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Palak Muchhal, the music is composed by Manas-Shikhar, and the lyrics are written by Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh.

18. Gali Gali – Pataakha

“Gali Gali” is a fun and interesting Holi song from the movie Pataakha. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, the music is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and the lyrics are written by Gulzar.

19. Mujhe Tune Jo Dekha – Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

“Mujhe Tune Jo Dekha To” from the movie “Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost” is a beautiful romantic Holi song. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, the music is composed by Anu Malik, and the lyrics are written by Sameer Anjaan.

20. Holi Re Holi – Paraya Dhan

“Holi Re Holi” is a beautiful Holi song from the cult Bollywood movie “Paraya Dhan” from the 70s. Sung by Asha Bhosle and Manna.

In conclusion, Holi and Bollywood have a close and inseparable relationship. Holi, the festival of colors, has been an integral part of Bollywood movies since the early days of Indian cinema. Bollywood has produced numerous iconic Holi songs and scenes that have become a part of Indian pop culture. These songs and scenes have not only added to the entertainment value of Bollywood movies, but have also helped to popularize the festival of Holi around the world. Holi and Bollywood continue to be celebrated together, and their partnership is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of India and the power of cinema to bring people together in celebration.

Vivek Agarwal is the co founder & COO of The Wanderer India & NV Rise an internet based company. Passionate about helping people through social work, he empathizes with worldly struggles through his poetry. A passionate digital marketer who loves to plan and manage marketing strategies to build a brand’s visibility online.
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