Picturising rains in movies have always been a challenge in terms of money, technique and time. It is difficult to film during real rain and so film makers work with artificial rains. For Bhojpuri films, however, it poses to be a problem since artificial rains need a lot of money, technique and time and unlike Hindi movies, it’s not raining money here. Maybe that is why there is a paucity of rain sequences and songs in Bhojpuri movies, but there are a few that are so unique that they bring out the softer feelings in the audience.
In Bhojpuri movies, too, showing rains signifies romantic moments. Although saavan is a time in the Bhojpuri belt when the crop is being planted. Those women that plant the rice saplings do so in pouring rain while singing. But even these songs have an element of teasing the partner and badinage is involved. But if a rain sequence does not have two lovers or the hero and heroine romancing, there is hardly any fun for those watching the movie.
There is no scene in Bhojpuri movies that will remind us of the Raj Kapoor-Nargis moment. That moment of both under an umbrella has come to signify rains in Hindi movies. When talking about rain songs in movies, there are several that come to mind, but there is only one visual sequence that you can remember.
Shooting a rain scene is an expensive affair. There are hardly any Hindi movies with real rain either; artificial rains happen on the sets. Keeping a Bhojpuri movie budget in mind, they have to work with even cheaper means. Directed by Harry Fernandes, “Vidhata” has a song sequence on Nirhua and Pakhi that is very romantic. Both of them are off for their honeymoon after getting married. Both of them get wet in the rains and sing, “Daliya mein saraniya bichhaye ladhaniya.” Similarly, Ravi Singh directed movie “Devar ji” has a song “Barsaat ho gayil” which is picturised on Rinku Ghosh and Krishna Abhishek. There are several rain songs in Bhojpuri movies but you have to remind the Bhojpuri audience with a lot of clues and hints. The ones that they remember easily include the music directed by Madhukar Anand “Chunri bheegal, choli bheegal, bheegi re julmi javani”. This featured in the movie “Ghar mein lautal pardesi”. Musical movies by Dhananjay Mishra have a lot of rain songs and include “Pandit’s” hit song “Barkha baras rahal bat u chhor kar na ja”. Then there is Majul Pandit’s directed film “Aaval na udha dee odhaniya ae raja ji” that had a rain song that became very popular. “Aaj rimjhim rimjhim barsa, aaj hum khoob karab manmaani” was filmed on heroine Shikha and hero Hitendu and was vastly popular. Written by K D Gajipuri, a song “Ae he barkha mein kismet savaar jaaye de, aaj humke aapan dil mein utar jaaye de” was popular and the video garnered a lot of eyeballs too.