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The Heat is on

Friday, May 04, 2012
Deepa Gahlot

May is here and it's that hot, sweaty time of the year. There are actually some Bollywood songs acknowledging this weather-- not as many as romantic rain songs. Still, there are some that evoke images of heat and dust, and here’s a random selection of garmi songs.  (Think of your own favourites to add to the list)

  •     Jaise suraj ki garmi se jalte hue tan ko mil jaaye tarwar ka chhaya

This Jaidev composition sung by Sharma Bandhu, from the 1974 film Parinay could be the prayer of summer.

  •      Suraj hua maddham, chand jalne lage

This romantic number from K3G had the heat rising from the arid land of Egypt where it was shot on Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

  •      Chamka paseena, banke nageena

Could be the anthem of the worker slogging in the heat, this Shankar Jaikishen number from Resham Ki Dori (1974)

  •     Aaja meri jaan yeh hai June ka mahina; Garmi hi garmi pasine hi pasina

Jeetendra in the 1970 film Jawab gets the tone of summer right... it does extend into June.

  •     Thande thande paani se nahana chahiye

Just the thing needed after a sweaty day in the heat—a cold shower as recommended by Sanjeev Kumar in Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)

  •      Jhoomta mausam mast mahina, chaand see gori ek haseena, aankh main kajal muh pe paseena yala yala dil le gayee

Shammi Kapoor found the paseena on Mala Sinha’s face attractive in Ujala (1959) and sang this riotous Shankar-Jaikishen number.

  •     Chhup gaya badli mein jaake, chand bhi sharma gaya, Aap Ko Dekha To Phoolon Ko Paseena Aa Gaya

Anil Kapoor finds Kajol hot   and says so in Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) — beauty that makes the flowers sweat.

  •     Kahin aag lage lag jaave, Koi naag dase das jaave, Kabhi gagan gir jaave Chaahe kuchh bhi ho jaaye, Is toote dil ki peedh sahi na jaaye

The image of fire, the melting sky and broken heart, suggests a particularly scorching summer in the way Asha Bhosale sings this Taal (1999) number.

  •      Tan jale man jalta rahe, haan khoon paseena dhalta rahe

This Madhumati (1958) song may not have been meant to bring to mind summer sizzle but it does!

  •     Jiya jale Jaan jale nainon tale dhuan chale

40 degrees garmi does make the jiya and jaan burn, even though that may not have been the intention in this Dil Se (1998) number, by AR Rahman.

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