Nothing can complete the Mumbai monsoons the way a Bollywood song does. Over the years, the Hindi film industry has come up with several gems that make the city's rains even more special. Romance is perhaps best captured in the rains - after all, who is not familiar with the whole hero-meets-heroine-and-the-couple-get-drenched-in-the-rain sequence? So even as couples continue to flock Marine Drive in the rains, we bring you some chartbusters that enhance the Mumbai monsoon experience and take it to another level altogether...
Song: Pyar hua ikraar hua Film: Shree 420 (1955) Our rank: 1 Lowdown: It is perhaps the most memorable rain song in Bollywood. The song is picturised on Raj Kapoor and Nargis, who were rumoured to be in love with each other. The image of the couple gazing at one another under an umbrella remains one of Hindi cinema's loveliest moments. The song was composed by Shankar Jaikishen and sung by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar.
Song: Sawan barse tarse dil Film: Dahek (1999) Our rank: 2 Lowdown: Dahek, a Hindu-Muslim romance, starring Akshaye Khanna and Sonali Bendre, may not have been a hit, but its song, Saawan barse tarse dil, about a newly-dating couple anxious to see each other in the rain is well-known. Composed by Anand-Milind and sung by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam, it's a perfect melody to listen to in the rains.
Song: Rimjhim ke tarane lekar aai Barsaat Film: Kala Bazar (1960) Our rank: 3 Lowdown: Here the evergreen hero Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman walk through the streets of Mumbai as they share an umbrella. The song was sung by Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt and it was composed by the legendary SD Burman.
Song: Rimjhim girey saawan Film: Manzil (1979) Our rank: 4 Lowdown: Any discussion on melodies based on Mumbai monsoons would be incomplete without this song. Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee star in this song that has been shot in south Mumbai, against the backdrop of old Victorian buildings, open grounds and the Marine Drive promenade. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, the song has been composed by RD Burman.
Song: Tum jo mil gaye ho Film: Hanste Zakhm (1973) Our rank: 5 Lowdown: The magic of Mohammed Rafi, romance and rain can be a heady one. Picturised on Navin Nischal and Priya Rajvanshi, this 70s film became popular thanks to this song. This song has been composed by Madan Mohan.
Song: Aaj rapat jaaye toh Film: Namak Halal (1982) Our rank: 6 Lowdown: Who would have thought that Smita Patil had it in her to dance in such an uninhibited fashion. The pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and the late Smita Patil may have been slightly unusual but they managed to pull off this romp in the rain admirably. The song, composed by Bappi Lahiri, has been sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.
Song: Lagi aaj sawan ki Film: Chandni (1989) Our rank: 7 Lowdown: Nostalgia and wishful thinking collide around the cascading santoor and Suresh Wadkar's voice in Shiv-Hari's popular creation, Lagi aaj sawaan. The sight of Sridevi soaked in a sari touches a painful chord with Vinod Khanna, bringing back memories of his dead girlfriend (Juhi Chawla), and their common love for dancing in the rain.
Song: Behta hai man kahi Film: Chameli (2004) Our rank: 8 Lowdown: This Sandesh Shandilya composition features Sunidhi Chauhan's voice and has been picturised on lead actress Kareena Kapoor and her co-star, Rahul Bose. The song can easily be described as beautifully intoxicating. Kareena, of course, is at her sensuous best, as she sways to the music. The film, directed by Sudhir Mishra, is best known for this song.
Song: Hum Tum Film: Hum Tum (2004) Our rank: 9 Lowdown: Kunal Kohli creates rain magic in this song that showcases the sizzling chemistry between Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji. Jatin-Lalit's title track, sung by Alka Yagnik and Babul Supriyo, for this film is indeed soulful music. Set against the backdrop of cascading rain, this romantic number is also the film's title track
Song: Geela geela paani Film: Satya (1998) Our rank: 10 Lowdown: Interspersed with sounds of the rain, this song, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, has Urmila Matondkar in it. Reuniting Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar, this song rightfully deserves a place on this list. Lata Mangeshkar makes the song haunting and beautiful at the same time. Moreover, a sari-clad Urmila, despite not being in a glamorous avatar here, sizzles all through.