Holi, popularly known as the ‘festival of colours’ that is being celebrated on Friday, has been a key part of several Hindi films over the years. Whether it is Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone breaking into song and dance in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or Amitabh Bachchan romancing Rekha in the presence of Jaya Bachchan in Silsila, Holi has been shown in different colours and moods in cinema.
These films have managed to not only use the festival as a significant plot twist but also give iconic songs to the audiences to vibe with, during special occasions. While some filmmakers have replugged old Holi songs in newer films as remix versions, many have also come up with new, groovy tracks that still manage to bring out a nostalgia for older days.
On that note, Silverscreen India has compiled a list of iconic songs for Holi to add to your playlist.
Rang Barse – Silsila
A playlist for Holi songs can never start without this iconic Bachchan song. This song also features powerhouses like Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, and Shashi Kapoor, aside from the veteren actor. Sung by Big B himself, this song has been used in several films during Holi scenes over the years and continues to be one of the most popularly used tracks during festival parties.
Balam Pichkari – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Balam Pichkari is all about young folks in college celebrating Holi, throwing around colours, and living life in the moment. In the film, this song is the first time that the audience witness Padukone’s character Naina, opens up in the spirit of Holi, shaking off her nerdy and reserved self and grooves with Bunny (Kapoor) and their friends. While the song follows a plot-turning scene for the script, it also went on to become the anthem for youth, with respect to the festival of colours.
Jai Jai Shivshankar – War
Combining the energies of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in a sequence is reason enough to make this song a hit track. With some crazy dance moves and groovy beats, this new Holi song is worth a spot on the playlist.
Do Me A Favour Let’s Play Holi – Waqt- The Race Against Time
Dialing it back in time to the 2000s era, no Holi playlist is complete without this track that is sung by Anu Malik. To top it, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra make the song even more magnetic, with the choreography and their chemistry.
Badrinath ki Dulhania – Badrinath ki Dulhania
One of the most loved on-screen couples of the newer generations, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt come together for this electro-Bollywood song and it is perfect to set the mood for celebrations. If there is any newer Hindi song that deserves a spot on the festive playlist, it has to be this catchy number.
Holi Khele Raghuveera – Baghban
If the list starts with Bachchan, it is only fair that it ends with him too. Another gem crooned by the star himself, the song also features Hema Malini and is a delight for the eyes and the ears!