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03-10-2009, 01:52 PM #1
The different colours of Holi
Holi, the popular festival of colour, means different things to different people. For some, it is a time when they can have lots of fun; for others, it brings back bittersweet memories. And nowhere is this more apparent than on the big screen.
Bollywood has portrayed Holi in many colours. So the festival could showcase a happy moment in the film, or bring in a sense of terror. We take a look at five shades in which Hindi cinema has painted Holi.
The Holi song starts joyously, but ends bringing a sense of terror to Ramgad village in Ramesh Sippy's classic, Sholay.
Dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) decides to teach the villagers a lesson after two bravehearts Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) send his men packing during a routine extortion.
Smarting from the humiliation and irked by the villagers' jubilation, Gabbar chooses Holi to launch his attack, knowing fully well that the villagers would be in a celebratory mood.
Shah Rukh Khan plays Rahul, who is obsessively in love with Kiran (Juhi Chawla) through she is engaged to someone else (Sunny Deol).
As the young couple celebrate Holi, Rahul bathes himself in colour and worms his way to their party. He takes a chance and throws colour at Kiran, showing how he wants to be with her at every moment.
Holi, in Darr, was obviously not just a joyful celebration of colours. It showed obsessiveness, and how the colour red can take on different meanings.
Damini (Meenakshi Sheshadri) witnesses her brother-in-law and his friends raping a maid while the rest of the household celebrates Holi.
She raises an alarm, but the rapists manage to escape. Then begins Damini's quest for justice.
Holi does not bring happiness here, but a lot of trauma for a family that soon falls apart.
Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) is in love with Chandini (Rekha). But when his brother Shekar (Shashi Kapoor) dies unexpectedly, he marries Shobha (Jaya Bachchan), his brother's pregnant fiancee, out of a sense of duty.
Life goes back to normal, until Amit's path crosses Chandini's once again. Chandini is now married to Dr V K Anand (Sanjeev Kapoor), but their dormant love for each other flares to life. They reveal their feelings for each other one fine Holi morning.
Rich girl Waheeda Rehman marries poor boy Dharmendra against her parents' wishes. Things come to a head during Holi when Dharmendra throws colour on Waheeda, who is wearing an expensive silk sari gifted by her parents. Worried about their reaction, she insults Dharmendra in public. The couple part ways.
Dharmendra spends his life trying to earn enough money to buy her a silk sari. Waheeda, who immediately regrets her impulsive act, spends her life awaiting his return.
They have a poignant reunion many years later, when Dharmendra returns with an expensive silk that he drapes on Waheeda before covering her with the colours of Holi.
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