FEELING HOT HOT HOT
Summer in India is hardly a season to celebrate; and certainly not with song and dance, when it’s too hot even to move. So nobody wrote romantic songs to summer, they waited for the rains to gush about the mausam. Still there are some that evoke images of heat and dust, and here’s a selection of garmi songs.
Jaise suraj ki garmi se jalte hue tan ko mil jaaye tarwar ka chhaya
This Jaidev compostion sung by Sharma Bandhu, from the 1974 film Parinay could be the prayer of summer.
This romantic number from K3G had the hear 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)
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)
Samundar mein nahake aur bhi namkeen ho gayi ho
What’s the next best thing to a shower? A dip in the sea, which makes Amitabh Bachchan find Zeenat Aman more ‘namkeen’ in this mischievous song from Pukar (1983)
Jhoomta mausam mast mahina, chaand see gori ek haseena
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...
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
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 A R Rahman.