Holi 2021: Padmaavat, Darr; commemorate Holi by watching these films that use the festival as a plot device
Holi 2021: Padmaavat, Darr; commemorate Holi by watching these films that use the festival as a plot device

Though mainly known as a festival of colours, Holi is also celebrated in a number of ways throughout our country, with stories recounting mythological tales that trace the roots of this auspicious day. Maybe they’re real, maybe they’re not, but the meaning and allure of colours force us to ignore our rational minds in the expectation of a magical future full of rainbows.

Holi has always been an important part of Bollywood, dazzling viewers with not only vivid melodies but also impactful moments and dialogues that undeniably make them fall in love with the festival of colours and go all filmy. This festival commemorates the triumph of good over evil, which can be found in most Bollywood classics as a plot device.

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Bollywood has depicted various aspects of Holi, ranging from tragic to romantic. There are a couple of the most memorable Holi scenes from these films:


Holi is still regarded as a lucky day, owing to the fact that it is the time of year when people put aside their differences and come together. Who can overlook the classic scene from ‘Mohabbatein,’ in which Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) asks the strict principal Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) for permission to play Holi for the first time in Gurukul. Although the principal may not permit it, he does state that students who wish to play can do so outside. Raj uses his persuasive skills and a ‘teeka of gulaal’ to persuade the strict principal to allow students to play Holi, indicating the principal’s approval of the festival.

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This film’s Holi sequence depicts a real-life danger that women face every year during the festival. In this scene, Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) confesses his love for Kiran (Juhi Chawla) by sneaking into her house and saying, “K-k-k-kirran.” Rahul’s facial expressions during this scene have become legendary, making it one of Bollywood’s most memorable scenes. It also emphasises how Holi can be used as an excuse to harass and assault women.


Without mentioning the song ‘Rang Barse’ from this film, any Holi discussion is incomplete. The song is strong and emotional, as Chandni (Rekha) tells Amit’s wife Shobha (Jaya Bachchan) that she did not marry the man she fell in love with just before Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) begins singing. Amit confesses to Chandni’s husband, Dr. Anand, in a different corner (Sanjeev Kumar). In the song that follows this series, Amitabh and Rekha’s sizzling chemistry wowed their fans.

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The Holi sequence is split into two parts: a sensual setting and a passionate show. In a surprising turn of confidence for both sides, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) changes his policy and seeks peace with the Rajputs. Khilji dyes his face a vivid saffron colour to celebrate Holi with the Rajputs, ostensibly as a sign of mutual understanding and goodwill disguised as a diplomatic manoeuvre. The scene portrays his decision to follow his desire by diplomacy rather than force.

Jolly LLB 2

In this popular ‘Jolly LLB’ franchise sequel, Akshay Kumar, like Arshad Warsi, won over both the audience and the critics. Before the sequence, everything appears to be going swimmingly for the jolly good Jagdishwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar), but it is the Holi celebration scene in the film that changes the course of the entire story. Right after the Holi celebration on the Holi song ‘Go Pagal,’ Hina (Sayani Gupta) realises Jagadishwer has duped her. She then confronts him and challenges him to fight for the truth. This event in the film is what eventually drives him to take up her case and fight for it with everything he has.

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The viewers’ attention is beautifully captured by the dramatic and abrupt transformation of a fun-filled Holi scene into an emotionally charged and intense one. So now that you’re all set, celebrate Holi by watching these iconic scenes from Bollywood films that perfectly capture the spirit of the festival while also adding a cinematic element.