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Monsoons in Bollywood spell magic, romance, intensity and poetry. Bollywood rain numbers and sarees have a strong connect.
The unforgettable and iconic Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the pouring rain sharing an umbrella and a promise of eternal togetherness in ‘pyaar hua ikrar hua….’
Torrential rains.Car breaks down. Pretty and petite saree clad Madhubala steps out of the driver’s seat. Flirtatious mechanic breaks into a song…’Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si…’
The dashing Amitabh and blue chiffon clad Moushumi Chatterjee’s utterly drenched stroll to the beats of ‘Rimjhim gire saawan…’.
Another Amitabh number with his spirit rubbing on the sober Smita Patil again in a Saree as both partake in the madcap moves of ‘Aaj rapat jaayen…’.
‘Lagi aaj saawan ki phir woh jhari hai…’ showcases Sridevi soaked in a saree touching a painful chord within Vinod Khanna .
Raveena Tandon fans can never get over her ‘Tip tip barsa paani. …’ romancing Akshay absolutely sizzling in a yellow saree .
My personal favourite would be the Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala number ‘Rimjhim..Rimjhim. …’ capturing their coy romance with Manisha at her best in a sari avatar from the 1940s.
Kareena Kapoor’s rapturous performance in the melodious ‘Behta hai man kahi….’ from Chameli in a ravishing red saree soaking in the showers from above immortalise the image and connect between the saree and the rains.
Stepping out in this black crepe with a floral border and palla into the rains……just short of breaking into a dance.

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