Let’s Paint The Town Red!

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The colour of passion, the colour of love; red signifies myriad emotions of the human heart. It is the colour of rebellion and sometimes danger. Well sometimes, love and danger, both are synonymous, aren’t they! I’m sure many would agree. Red is energizing, it excites and motivates us to take action. Red signifies desire, sensuality and romance. In many cultures it represents the life force while in some others it is associated with death.

In India, red is considered auspicious; it symbolizes purity and spirituality. The red vermilion is considered sacred and is a symbol of marriage. Our lyricists and music directors have had a blast with this colour; some associating it with the laal paranda, some with the chunari, some with the paan and what not!

Here are some Bollywood numbers on red colour. Enjoy the love, passion, rebellion and danger!

1. Yeh laal rang – Prem Nagar (1974)
One of the iconic songs on red colour from Bollywood, this was featured on Rajesh Khanna and was one of his favourite songs. Composed by S.D.Burman and written by Anand Bakshi, this melancholic Kishore Kumar song drifts away from the idea of passionate love to the separation.

2. Paan khaye saiyyan – Teesri Kasam (1966)
This is a typical nautanki song by Shankar Jaikishan. The lyrics by Shailendra have the rustic feeling to it. Sung by Asha Bhosle and featured on the mesmerising Waheeda Rahman, it is a personal favourite.

3. O laal dupatte wali – Aankhen (1993)
When we talk about the colour red, there has to be a red dupatta, a gori, and a lad following her. Enjoy this teasing song with a Govinda tadka to it.

4. Yeh laal ishq ye malaal ishq – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
You are bound to just melt in the red colour and immerse yourself in this song. What a rendition by Arijit Singh! Music is by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the lyrics are by Siddharth-Garima.

5. Laal gulabi phoolon se bhari – Hamara Sansar (1978)
This beautiful song is sung by Yesudas and is composed by Ravindra Jain. It is featured on Mithun Chakrabarty. Although a stage performance, it is not a typical Mithun dance number. The innocence in his eyes and action is worth watching.

6. Mohe rang do laal – Bajirao-Mastani (2015)
Yet another gem from the Bhansali jewel box, it is a mujra-like song which captures the heart of Bajirao in the movie. Well, its picturisation, music and dance and yes, Deepika capture our heats as well. It is sung by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Shreya Ghoshal.

7. Rang laal – Force 2 (2016)
This is a song of rebellion. It is sung by Dev Negi and John Abraham while the music is composed by Gourov Roshin.

8. Sar par topi laal – Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1954)
A peppy duet by Asha Bhosle and Rafi, this O.P.Nayyar number is fun, youthful and foot tapping.

9. Kali teri choti hai paranda tera laal ni – Bahaar Aane Tak (1990)
The entire album was very popular and some of the songs like this one are still in the minds of many people. Music by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were written by Indivar, this song was played in almost all the wedding parties across India.

10. Mera joota hai Japani – Shree 420 (1955)
Some songs are timeless, some are epic and some are unforgettable. This particular one is a mixture of all! It will be a favourite among all for many a generations. Music by Shankar-Jaikishan and sung by Mukesh, it features our very own showman Raj Kapoor singing this song in his signature style.

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