8 iconic Holi sequences in Bollywood

A festival of colour, joy and happiness, Holi has been an important part of Bollywood movies since years.

Holi is one of the most vibrant festivals in our country. It’s a dramatic occasion where we celebrate love, friendship and unity by applying colours on each other and embracing the warmth of it. Over the years, a number of Bollywood films have created some beautiful Holi sequences that enhance the charm of those movies and mesmerize our hearts whenever we watch them.

  1. Mother India: One of India’s greatest films ever, ‘Mother India’ shows the celebration of Holi in its traditional form. Featuring Nargis, the song sequence “Holi Aayi Re Kanhai” brilliantly depicts the beauty and charm of this festival.
  2. Kati Patang: This film features the most revolutionary Holi sequence in Bollywood. Aside from the plethora of colours and beautiful choreography, the song sequence “Aaj na chhodenge” is famous for the scene where Rajesh Khanna’s character goes against the tradition by applying colour on a widow’s hair.
  3. Sholay: With colours in the air, attractive soundtrack and superb choreography, “Holi Ke Din” in ‘Sholay’ is undoubtedly one of the most memorable Holi sequences in Bollywood. It’s full of drama as at the end, Gabbar and his dacoits attack the village and this leads to a breathtaking fight scene.
  4. Silsila: “Rang Barse” from ‘Silsila’ is inarguably the most popular Holi song in India. Featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar and Rekha, the sequence is full of entertainment and also, it celebrates the festival to the fullest.
  5. Damini: If you have watched ‘Damini’, you know that the Holi sequence is the most pivotal part in the movie. In the scene, Damini (played by Meenakshi Seshadri) witnesses something extremely terrible and this leads the story to an engaging courtroom drama.
  6. Darr: The Holi sequence in ‘Darr’ reflects the reality that some men use this occasion to abuse and harass women. At the end of the song sequence “Ang se ang lagana”, Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) is seen confessing his love and madness to Kiran (Juhi Chawla) and this leads to a powerful fight between Rahul and Sunil (Sunny Deol).
  7. Mohabbatein: This movie brilliantly uses the festival of Holi as a part of narrative. The scene where Raj (Shahrukh Khan) asks permission from Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) to play Holi in Gurukul is still iconic and gives us goosebumps whenever we watch it.
  8. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: The song-and-dance sequence “Balam Pichkari” in this movie beautifully depicts the craziness and madness young people feel on Holi. In this scene, Naina (Deepika Padukone) opens up for the first time and starts dancing with others.

‘Deewana’, ‘Baghban’, ‘Ram Leela’, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ etc. movies also portrayed some of the most iconic Holi sequences of all time.

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