Holi ke din dil khil jate hain – Kishore/Lata – R D Burman – Dharmendra/Hema | Sholay (1975)


Movie: This song appears in the hit 1975 action adventure movie Sholay (Embers), directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by G P Sippy under the banner of Sippy Films. The movie starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, late Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri. This was late Amjad Khan’s debut movie.
Ramgarh is a small village and the retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) lives there. The Thakur is looking for the pair of petty thieves, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan).
Soon, the Thakur meets the 2 thieves and hires them to help him capture Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), a dacoit. They are told to reach Ramgarh. At Ramgarh, Veeru falls in love with the village belle Basanti (Hema Malini). Dacoit Gabbar Singh terror reigns in the place. He, soon, decides to attack the village during Holi. On the festival day, the villagers together with Veeru and Basanti sing this song.
Song: The music for this song was composed by late R D Burman and the lyrics were written by late Anand Bakshi.
This is a typical Bollywood Holi song, with ample amount of romance in it.
Video: Cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha. The operative cameraman is S M Anwar. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.
The video opens with several dancers playing with dry and wet colors near a fair. Hema Malini runs into the dancing area. A K Hangal is listening to them enjoying the festival. (He plays a blind man.) Hema Malini begins to dance. Dharmendra enters sitting on the hands of a couple of men.
As Hema Malini comes into the focus of the camera, Dharmendra jumps down and begins to dance with her. Amitabh Bachchan is pulled into the dancing area and made to dance by some men. He performs some dance steps in his own style. When he sees Jaya Bhaduri watching him, he stops.
Dharmendra is soon seen playing the ek tara while dancing with Hema Malini. Dharmendra and Hema Malini sit in a moving merry-go-round. The video ends with an explosion.
Artists: Singers are Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan perform onscreen to the song with others.
Cultural influence: This is a typically filmi Holi song filled with a lot of romance in it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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