Over the years, Indian filmmakers have included festivals into their films to add a dash of jazz to the plot. Bollywood has never passed up an opportunity to produce music for films at a festival.
As the Indian celebration of warmth, food, and dance, Lohri, approaches, here are Bollywood songs with Lohri themes that celebrate the winter solstice in the most colourful way.
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Lo aa gayi Lohri ve
This song, featuring megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Preity Zinta, and Shah Rukh Khan, is the best representation of Lohri in Bollywood. The song from the 2004 film ‘Veer Zara’ is set in a Punjabi ‘pind’ or village, giving it a more authentic feel.
With Pakistani Zara singing and dancing with Indian Veer, a group of dancers are also seen doing traditional Punjabi folk dances – Bhangra and Gidda – around the holy bonfire, depicting the ultimate winter harvest festival. Although the song’s lyrics begin with a sweet-bitter love banter between Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan, it swiftly and effectively transitions to Lohri’s original theme.
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Charha De Rang
‘Charha De Rang,’ from Dharmendra’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana,’ is another Lohri number set in Punjab, with the Deol brothers stealing the show with their talents. The song fits in nicely with the plot, in which Bobby Deol tries to flirt with his love interest.
While the song’s lyrics don’t mention Lohri, the star cast’s customary dance around the bonfire makes it appropriate for the celebration. In this frigid winter month, a smidgeon of love’s warmth!
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The song is a Lohri hymn, with Vishal Bhardwaj providing music to Gulzar’s lyrics. The song from Maachis, set against the backdrop of Punjab militancy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, depicts the softer side of militants, amid the snow-capped Himalayas away from farms and fields of homeland, pining for their beloveds but being thwarted by their circumstances.
Tu Kamaal Di
This song from Ajay Devgn’s ‘Son Of Sardar,’ which is similarly set in Punjab, celebrates Lohri while also devoting attention to the characters’ personal conflicts. While Ajay Devgn is busy flirting with Sonakshi Sinha and trying to win her over, Sanjay Dutt and his family are feuding with Devgn due to their family rivalry. However, the aesthetics of the background and the large crowd make it appear to be a true Lohri festival in a Punjabi hamlet.
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‘Laal Ghagra’ from Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar’s blockbuster hit ‘Good Newwz’ is the most current Lohri song in Bollywood. The song commemorates a baby’s first Lohri and portrays the event as a chance to be together, with the lead couple depicted flying to Delhi from Mumbai for merriment.
Every year on January 13, Punjab and other parts of northern India celebrate this festive event. It has mostly been used as a platform for Bollywood’s leading stars to mingle, show affection, and celebrate the season together.
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It goes well with the Lohri festival. The song’s lyrics allude to elders’ love for their offspring at home. It invites the entire family to bless and welcome home newly born children, as well as rejoice and enjoy together.
‘Mel Karade Rabba’s vibrant song, featuring Jimmy Shergill and Neeru Bajwa, is a joyous Lohri music honouring newlywed couples and the start of a lifetime of bliss.