Holi Sequences With A Difference

BollyCurry brings to you a small list of movies that have made their Holi sequences a major twist in their storylines.

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Holi, the festival of colours is finally here and everyone is certain to have their Holi playlist ready with songs varying from the old to the recent. No doubt Bollywood has played a pivotal role in promoting this festivity with great pump and affair. However, despite B-Town highlighting the fast paced Holi songs of this annual gala, the event itself has been included in many plots of a movie, sometimes culminating as the apex of the film. Therefore BollyCurry brings to you a small list of movies that have made their Holi sequences a major twist in their storylines.

Amitabh Bachchan's "Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali Rang Barse" from the movie Silsila is an all time favorite Holi song. However the confessions that unfold during this joyous occasion is another matter. Deciding that he deserves love in his life, Bachchan's character openly confesses and displays his affection for Chandni (Rekha), a long lost lady love. All this takes place despite his wife, Shobha (Jaya Bachchan) and Dr. V. K. Anand (Sanjeev Kumar), Chandni's husband, being present. The Holi happening leads up to a series of events that drastically change the mood of the film as every character attempts to deal with the curve ball life throws their way.
Deewana is a classic tear-jerker that marked the beginning of Shah Rukh Khan's spectacular career. The Holi sequence in the movie is one too fondly reminisced even today after decades of its release. How a young widow was given a chance at love and life again was the main subject of the story. Raja's (SRK) intense love confession to the widow Kajal (Divya Bharti) on the dawn of Holi was the highlight of the film, which then led to the climax in the second half of the flick. Holi, which is normally accompanied by a bag of laughs, was chosen as the big day for Kajal to be granted a second chance; to change her black and white life into a life full of vibrant colours and happiness. The movie was highly praised for the dramatic twist and tale of true love portrayed on-screen.
Another film where the roller coaster ride of emotions catapults from the event that is Holi is Waqt - The Race Against Time. Despite of consisting the catchy track "Do Me a Favor Let's Play Holi", the festivity leaves a detrimental impact on the leads of the story, completing it on a morbid note. After battling between his terminal illness and a lovable yet irresponsible son Aditya (Akshay Kumar), Ishwarchand (Amitabh Bachchan) decides to put his foot down and demand that Aditya (Akshay Kumar) finds a job and earns a living to take care of his own family. Shocked and heartbroken, Aditya leaves the house and this forms the basis of the second half of the movie where the once spoilt brat understands what it means to earn his daily bread. Eventually Holi gives way to the drastic unexpected change in their lives that finally changes him into a responsible man with the much needed moral values and self-realization.
One of the biggest blockbusters of 2013, this film also prides itself in having the most popular Holi track of recent times, "Balaam Pichkaari". With Holi being celebrated in its trademark masti, four friends - Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Naina (Deepika Padukone), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) find themselves staring life in the eye post the Holi celebrations. The naive Naina realizes her love for the full-of-life Bunny but not before the group are informed that Bunny is moving to another country all together to achieve his dreams. The path from there certainly isn't paved with rose petals as the friends cope with long distance relationships and the complications that accompany them. The scenes are full of high voltage drama and major twists and turns, giving each one one of them a different direction in life derived from their own choices.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela
Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie's heavily revolve around Indian traditions and customs. Likewise, his dramatic simulation of the world famous Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet is abundant in Indian culture and tadka. Deepika Padukone's extraordinary performance as Leela has left many spellbound. However, her array of skillful dance moves on the Holi inspired track, "Lahu Munh Lag Gaya" is what first comes to mind. Leela's subtle yet effective sexual innuendo towards the enemy's son (Ranveer Singh) was sensual at best and is certainly the turning point in the film. The brave couple defy the laws and regulations of their respective families to continue a dangerous intimate relationship. The film was staged around the state of Gujarat where Holi is celebrated with lots of masti and dhamaal.
Whilst most films opt for a lighthearted and cute Holi sequence, some films have taken the challenge to raise it a notch and weave these sequences to form a crucial part of the story. The notion is courageous and applaudable and so BollyCurry would like to commend the directors of such films.

Happy Holi to all our readers around the globe!
Author: Mohini N.
Editor(s): Shikha A. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Amna M.
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Posted on: 17 March 2014 at 5:40am
Loved the Holiday sequence in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani! It was awesome!

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