Sung by Shamshad Begum, ‘Holi Aayi Re Kanhai’ is one of the famous Holi songs from ‘Mother India’, showcasing the biggest Hindu festival of colours in the pristine backdrop of country life. Starring Nargis, Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Raaj Kumar, Mehboob Khan’s ‘Mother India’ (1957) is touted as a great Indian classic epic.
‘Holi Khele Raghuveera’ from ‘Baghban’
‘Holi Khele Raghuveera’ is the modern day Holi anthem, which was sung by Amitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh and Udit Narayan. It has a rugged charm, which instantly strikes a chord with the listeners and emanates a rustic feel to the foot-tapping number.
‘Arre Ja Re Natkhat’ from ‘Navrang’
A great classic, ‘Arre Ja Re Natkhat’ is one of the epic Holi songs in Indian cinema. Starring Mahipal and Sandhya, ‘Arre Ja Re Natkhat’ is a classic composition and a riot of colours. V Shantaram’s ‘Navrang’ (1959) was a dance and music extravaganza that was hugely lapped by Indian cine lovers.
‘Ang Se Ang Lagana’ from ‘Darr’
Holi song ‘Ang Se Ang Lagana’ from ‘Darr’ picturised on Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol is perhaps the raunchiest number on this list. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma were the music composers for this film and the song is still a huge favourite among Holi lovers.
‘Rang Barse’ from ‘Silsila’
‘Rang Barse’, which was a folkish number penned by Harivansh Rai Bachchan and sung by his superstar son Amitabh Bachchan. The song composed by Shiv Hari showcased the oozing undercurrents between Amitabh and Rekha’s much talked about romantic liaison.
‘Holi Ke Din’ from ‘Sholay’
Crooned by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Holi Ke Din’ is one of the most loved classic Holi songs from the film, which highlighted Hema Malini and Dharmendra’s crackling on-screen chemistry in this colourful song.
‘Aaj Na Chhodenge’ from ‘Kati Patang’
The famous playful Holi song ‘Aaj Na Chhodenge’, sung by Kishore Kumar from the film ‘Kati Patang’ (1970) still remains one of the most favourite songs of Holi revellers. Featuring Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna, the evergreen song went on to become a huge hit.