The rains are here! The rains mean longing and the rains mean relief. The rains are steamy, wet, slippery, dangerous, romantic, excess, overflowing with sensation. The rains need a #SexySaturday Songs playlist (or maybe 10).
1. Tip Tip Barsa Paani
Raveena Tandon made rain hot, hotter than hot, setting it on fire in her yellow blouse and the tip tip of the paani echoing a heart thudding with desire. By God ki kasam, 90's yaad aa gaye!
2. Meha Jhar Jhar Barsat Re
Kishori Amonkar singing Meha Jhar Jhar Barsat Re in Drishti (1990) traces the feeling of sex from the rising of desire to its peak and eventual pooling and releasing of pleasure through the body – man anand, tan anand.
3. Pal Bhar Mein Ye Kya Ho Gaya
The melody of this song proceeds with heavy languor, as if weighted down by longing, a fruit ripened to fullness, a tree whose leaves are wet and weighty with moisture, eyelids half-closed, heavy with desire, steeped in the aftermath of rain or sex.
4. Yengae Yenathu Kavithai
Some rain songs have to be about lost love, about the piercing yearning that fills you, visceral and physical, when the lover’s touch is only a memory but feels like more than a memory. In the husky sweetness of Chitra’s voice are heartbreak and unbearable wanting and intense lyrics.
The mind filters and searches for you even in the gap between two rain drops.
The mind searches for its lost lover with great sorrow…even in broken bubbles!!
If I see your beautiful face just once, I will be contempt with silence!
Touch me with your fingertip…
I will be born a hundred times!!
Read the rest of the translations here.
5. Rim Jhim Gire Sawan
No Indian monsoon playlist is complete without Rim Jhim Gire Sawan. It is young, it is adult, it is carefree, it is intimate, it is PDA, it is wet saris and looking into each other’s eyes and of course it is walking on Marine Drive, which the whole movie-going public did via Amitabh Bachchan and Moushami Chatterjee who created a new, urbane version of the classic movie rain song.
6. Rimjhim Ke Tarane Leke Aayi Barsaat
Two people, one umbrella, some more Marine Drive and the memory of a long-ago almost romance, after many days of separation and as the song says
Bheege tan man kare ras ki puhaar
Pyaar ka sandesa layi barkha bahar
7. It’s Raining Men
Is it a song or a fantasy? We don’t know. But we like it. We like the idea of raining men :D, all differently beautiful ones, to make our, um, eyes water.