There’s nothing more romantic than listening to your favourite song during monsoons and some of Bollywood’s most-loved singer shared with us the songs that they are listening to this monsoon.
Shalmali Kholgade: My favourite monsoon song is Safar from Jab Harry Met Sejal. I love driving in the rain and I love how I feel through this song. It’s got an acoustic guitar riff that lines the song beautifully. I love how the melody isn’t repetitive and full of character. It makes me feel like the road that I’m driving on is endless.
Jonita Gandhi: The sound of rain is soothing and therapeutic. I think any mellow romantic song would complement the feeling of listening to the pitter-patter of the rain and looking out of your window. My Bollywood picks would be O Saathi Re (Omkara) and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Meenaxi).
Sophie Choudry: It’s always hard for a singer to pick just one song because we love so many! I think I have two favourites. One is Bheegi bheegi raaton mein, the killer combination of Pancham da, Anand Bakshi, Kishore da and Lata ji is absolutely magical! It’s romantic and beautiful at the same time and that’s what the monsoons are to me! Another favourite is ‘Tip tip barsa paani’. It is the most sensuous rain song ever. I love the melody but it’s the visuals that brought the song to life even more!”
Tanvi Shah: ‘Rain’ by Madonna and ‘Megha re megha’ from Lamhe. The Madonna song because it was the first time I had tea with my nani. I remember they used to say that tea and samosas taste better on a rainy day. She then used to let us just run in the garden and get all drenched and jump around in the puddles.
Tulsi Kumar: Well I love monsoons and the entire romantic vibe that we all can experience in this lovely weather. I love a lot of monsoon songs like the cult classic ‘Rimjhim gire saawan ‘ by Lata ji and Kishore da ,which really carries a strong melody along with the monsoon vibe in the lyrics. The second one is ‘Rimjhim rimjhim rumjhum rumjhum’ from the film 1942 A Love Story. It carries the vibe of sheer romance in the monsoon season, but the song that comes to my mind instantly with the word monsoon is ‘Tip tip barsa paani ‘ from Mohra. The sensuality, the romance and the fun that this song brings out is synonymous to the romantic monsoon weather.
Monica Dogra: My favourite monsoon song is Taal by AR Rahman. It sounds so liquid and lovely. It’s ambient but still exciting. AR Rahman is my all-time favourite.
Jasleen Royal: Love love love Of Monsters and ‘Men and Down’ by Marian Hill. I just got back from my two-days Goa trip with my college friends. So these songs just remind me of the light rain showers, green fresh Goa and us riding our scooties and playing music on this one tiny portable speaker and trying to keep up with each other to make the most of the music and the weather.
Meiyang Chang: For me, the perfect rain song is “Phir Le Aya Dil” from Barfi. While technically not a monsoon song, this beautiful melody about unrequited love gets me every single time and makes it rain in the realm of my heart, if that makes any sense!
Pawni Pandey: So, my favorite monsoon song is ‘Ghanan ghanan’, ‘Barso re megha’ and ‘bheegi bheegi raaton mein’ because they have the perfect flavor of the season. Monsoon for me is fun, beautiful and romantic. I find all these things in the aforementioned songs.
Akriti Kakkar: My heart, my life from Night Song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Micheal Brook. This song transports me to my own fantasy land, it’s so sublime yet powerful that it’s almost like a spell. I was introduced to it about five years ago and it’s still what comes to my mind with the first downpour.
This version of the famous qawalli Tu Mera Dil Tu Meri Jaan has been taken to another level with Micheal Brook’s treatment and Come away with me by Norah Jones and the lyrics, ‘And I want to walk with you. On a cloudy day, In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high’ they just make my day so beautiful. With raindrops tickling the earth, these words go perfectly with it tickling my senses.. It makes me more creative. Her voice is just something else, so inspiring and is a perfect marriage with a rainy day.