Diwali – the ‘festival of lights’ is one of the biggest festivals of India, which celebrates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana from his 14-year exile and his victory over demon-king Ravana. Legend has it that people of Ayodhya lighted up the entire kingdom with diyas in order to celebrate the return of Lord Ram.
Bollywood has been successful in beautifully capturing the festive spirit of Diwali. A carrier of culture and harmony, Diwali brings together friends and families, who celebrate the festival of lights and share the gift of love, laughter and goodness with the commune. Here’s a look at how Bollywood celebrates Diwali – the victory of good over evil in various ways!
Song: Happy Diwali
Film: Home Delivery (2005)
An upbeat song with lots westernised rhythm and harmony, ‘Happy Diwali’ has a catchy tune that celebrates the spirit of Diwali. The song is picturised on kids and will instantly connect with joyous children.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Song: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Film: Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ has been sung by melody queen Lata Mangeshkar. A Diwali song, which has strong Indian classical elements, it is picturised on Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and the entire star cast of the film. Lavish sets, opulent costume and great music makes ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ all the more special.
Ayee Hai Diwali
Song: Ayee Hai Diwali
Film: Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya (2001)
‘Ayee Hai Diwali’ is a lighthearted number, based on the playful banter of husband and wife. With lots of crackers and fireworks, the song literally lights-up the screen.
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai
Song: Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai
Film: Mohabbatein (2000)
A popular Dilwali song, ‘Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai’ celebrates the spirit of love and harmony on Diwali. Check out the dhol beats, which make it all the more peppy and exciting. A perfect song to celebrate the festival.
Sheher Ki Pariyon
Song: Sheher Ki Pariyon Film: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992)
‘Sheher Ki Pariyon’ is a mischievous number that mocks boys for running after city girls instead of local beauties. The festival of lights – Diwali is a perfect backdrop for this spry number.
Aaye Hai Abke Saal Diwali
Song: Aaye Hai Abke Saal Diwali
Film: Haqeeqat (1964)
‘Aaye Hai Abke Saal Diwali’ opens on a somber note, portraying the plight of soldiers away from their families during festive season, safeguarding their nation. The song is not only slow paced but also has lots of pathos.
Lakhon Tare Aasma Mein Magar
Song: Lakhon Tare Aasma Mein Magar
Film: Hariyali Aur Rasta (1962)
‘Lakhon Tare Aasma Mein Magar’ is sung by evergreen Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar and is picturised on Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha. The song is not only meaningful but carries a lot of depth as it focuses on human suffering juxtaposed with festival of lights.
Ek Woh Bhi Diwali Thi
Song: Ek Woh Bhi Diwali Thi
Film: Nazrana (1961)
Crooned by Mukesh, ‘Ek Wom Bhi Diwali Thi’ dwells upon the dark side of the festive spirit, where not everyone is happy and in celebratory mode. The song offers some soul searching, instead of burning fire crackers and sharing sweets.
Kaise Diwali Manaye
Song: Kaise Diwali Manaye
Film: Paigham (1959)
A Mohammad Rafi number picturised on Johny Walker, ‘Kaise Diwali Manaye’ is a humorous song, evocating the plight of the poor and impoverished during the festival of lights, for whom, each festival is alike.