The rain has finally drenched a parched Mumbai and it's made a huge splash on sets of TV soaps too. There seems to be no better prop than the rain to highlight certain emotions, as the heavy downpour is synonymous with romance, revelations, revelry and rivalry!
And it is during the rain that one sees deep, dark secrets tumble out of the closet, a bolt of thunder break over two arch-nemesis about to fight, and a lot of mud-slinging (literally). But the monsoon is best utilised to highlight a romance and its titillating moments.Can't beat its charm
The beguiling weather is enough to transport you back into the most romantic moments of your life. The sight of a heroine looking ravishing draped in a flimsy wet sari never fails to tempt the hero to confess his love to her. The sound of thunder prompts the heroine to find solace in the arms of her man ó a prelude to a night of passion perhaps?
Are actresses tempted by the sexiness that the rain exudes? Gulki Joshi (Phir Subah Hogi
) says, "I always develop cold feet when I have to shoot a romantic sequence and the rain helps me enact the scene better. There is no reason to not like the weather because it spells romance for everyone." Yashashri Masurkar of Rang Badalti Odhani
fame, agrees. "I love shooting in the rain because I'm crazy about the season. Rain and romance is a killer combination."Not on the same page
While for some, getting drenched in the rain is the ultimate thing to do, there are yet others who cringe at the idea of shooting in the season. Says actor Kunal Karan Kapoor of Na Bole Tum NaMaine Kuch Kaha
, "I hate rain sequences since you have to remain drenched for long hours. To watch the rain from your window at home is different from enacting scenes in the rain." Anjum Farooki from Balika Vadhu
also finds the wet weather a bother. "I think rain sequences can be quite taxing. I once had to shoot for a long, emotional scene and had to stay wet for it. It became quite exhausting at the end. I believe the quality of water used for artificial rain isn't very good but it didn't create any problem for me."
Adds Karan Tacker, currently seen in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
, "Though I love rains, I hate shooting in them because you are drenched for long hours even for a small sequence."Very difficult to shoot
What looks appealing to the eyes can be rather difficult to shoot. Admits Navya
producer Siddharth Kumar Tewary, "A rain sequence needs more planning than a regular scene. Production costs for it go up as water tankers are brought in to create the scene and it takes more time to shoot due to obvious reasons. We can't depend on natural rains as they don't arrive when we want them to." Seconds director Ravindra Gautam, "Most of the sequences are shot in artificial rain even in the rainy season since they can be controlled. They don't fall over the lights or the camera. During actual rain, we have to take care of the equipments as they cannot be exposed to the rain. The movements are restricted and there is a constant fear of electrocution if water goes into any of the light sockets. We can control the intensity of rain as and when required; the equipments and everyone else need not get drenched."