11 aesthetic Holi scenes in Bollywood movies that became some of the most memorable moments in Indian pop culture!

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Aishwarya Srinivasan
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Since Bollywood and festivals always go hand in hand, here are some classic Holi scenes in Bollywood movies that we’ll always cherish and watch with a smile on our faces!

As Indians, we love our festivals and we love watching Bollywood movies. The one commonality two of our most favorite things share, is the feeling of looking forward to them. Every year we look forward to playing Holi with our friends and family. Holi brings colour into our daily monotonous black and white lives and is a sign of happiness and joy. The same way, movies too are something that are so eagerly looked forward to in our country so it goes without saying that when you mix the two, you have a formula for a promising entertainer. Holi has been portrayed beautifully in movies over the years. And even though Holi scenes in Bollywood are nothing close to how we actually play Holi IRL, it’s always a stress buster to watch our screens filled with colours with the main protagonists wearing all white outfits, their hair flying in slow motion and a burst of colours everywhere.

Festivals can be a great way of taking the plot further without it looking too dragged, and Holi has always been placed at the right time in a story. Whether it's to introduce a new character, show love blossoming between the protagonists, portray the feeling of togetherness or simply conclude a movie. While most Holi scenes in Hindi movies are songs, they still do bring out the essence of the story and help the audience connect with the characters. And if nothing else, we love our songs and we never mind getting lost in the world of movies. 

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Here are some of our favorite Holi scenes from Bollywood movies that simply added to our excitement of the festival!

Ram-Leela

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always been a master in showing Indian festivals in his movies. He made a world of his own. ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ is one of the prime examples of how good he is at it. Apart from the film having a great storyline and being so critically acclaimed, one of the scenes that did stand out was the one where they have a Holi celebration. The song ‘Lahu Muh Lag Gaya’ is the first meet between Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) and we absolutely loved how both of them unabashedly expressed their desires for each other through the medium of colours.

Badrinath Ki Dulhania

An energetic track full of colours, fun and amazing choreography is bound to win our hearts. The title song which comes at the end of the film, doesn’t really have anything to do with the story as such, just a Holi song meant to be enjoyed.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

We don’t think there’s anyone who can resist dancing to Balam Pichakri from this movie. It’s the first time we see Naina just let loose and have fun and is a major turning point in the story. The song still ranks high on the charts even years after the film’s release.

Raanjhanaa

Raanjhanaa was Dhanush’s debut film in Bollywood. There’s a moment in the film where Sonam puts color on him and everything about that scene is so endearing. Dhanush brings out his feeling of one-sided love in that moment.

Dhadak

Dhadak’s title track shows Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) and Madhukar’s (Ishaan Khattar) blossoming young love as the two play Holi in the beautiful backdrop of Udaipur.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

This is probably one of the most subtle and underrated Holi scenes. Tani (Anushka Sharma) who has just lost her father, cannot really celebrate the festival but a small moment she has with Surinder (Shahrukh Khan) where she only applies a little color to him, shows how much she misses being her fun self for a split second and the way he reacts to it so adorable. The scene is so heartwarming to watch as of course it’s set amidst the melodious  song ‘Haule Haule’ from the movie.

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Padmavat 

The chemistry between Rani Padamavati (Deepika Padukone) and Raja Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) in the song that’s literally called ‘Holi’ obviously has to be very romantic and very Sanjay Leela Bhansali like. In the scene we see the Queen put some gulaal on her King while he is sitting on the swing.

Sholay

Probably Bollywood’s most iconic film, Sholay had some high drama when the day of Holi arrived in the film. The characters are shown grooving to the melody of the song Holi Ke Din and this is when a fire catches the top of a carousel and the plot thickens when Gabbar descends onto Ramgarh.

Mohabbatein

This film represents the right spirit of Holi which is a festival where people forget their differences and give their relationship a fresh start. And Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) puts the occasion to perfect use by convincing the extremely strict principal of the college Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) to let the students play Holi outside campus.

Baghban

To have two Bollywood legends Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan share screen space in Baghban and do a Holi song together will always be an iconic scene to watch. ‘Holi Khele Raghuveera’ has always been a staple song for this festival.

War

A song called Jai Jai Shivshankar from the movie features a dance off between two of Bollywood’s most talented dancers, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. The song is a revamped version of the old song of the same name and it starred Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaaz. 

Silsila

Another Bollywood classic is the 1981 romantic drama Silsila starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha which tells the story of two lovers who are torn between their love and their duty to their families. In the iconic song Rang Barse, the film captures the essence of the festival which is etched in every generations’ heart and any Holi celebration is incomplete without this song.

Which of these is your favorite Bollywood Holi scene? Let us know in the comments below!

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