“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. Dance in movies especially in the rain leaves such an impact that the audience also feel similar emotions like the characters. Whether it’s romance or anger, rebelliousness or joy - rain enhances the sensitivity of the songs of any movie.
Here we list few of the most popular rain dance scenes from both hollywood and bollywood movies that are memorable and unforgettable in emotions as well as technique.
SINGING IN THE RAIN ( 1952 )
This amazing movie of legendary tap dancer and actor Gene Kelly is a must watch. The rain dance song, which has the same name as the movie, has absolutely smooth choreography. Rain is made symbolic of the joy of love that the lover is feeling at the moment. The street lamp or the small puddle of water on street, the large windows of shops, the umbrella, everything is used as an intelligent prop that gives the choreography a very natural feel.
CHAALBAAZ - NA JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI ( 1989 )
When we are talking about using props, just add some fun organised choreography and you have got an amazing Bollywood number. The legendary Sridevi is most remembered to give us some wonderful rom-com movies and this song of award- winning movie, Chaalbaaz, just wins everyone’s heart. This song and dance will never get old and as it’s easy to sing-along as we dance in the rain.
FLASHDANCE - WATER SCENE ( 1983 )
The dance sequence that inspired Jennifer Lopez and Geri Halliwell to give a tribute to the passion and performance of dance was the water scene of the movie Flashdance. The movie may have faced backlash from many critics but it definitely was a box office hit in US. This was the first time that the dance sequences were filmed like a music video with body doubles to do the difficult gymnastic stunts to very close and crisp editing. Choreography took a new shape combined with editing and presentation in the movies. “Visual lines of the dances are emphasized using water and judicious lighting ….. and the reflection of water on skin further eroticises the dancer’s body”.
DIL TOH PAGAL HAI - CHAK DHOOM DHOOM CHAK (1997)
A dance movie starring excellent trained dancer like Madhuri and an internationally trained troupe of SDIPA. What a wonderful match to present in a Yash Chopra romantic movie and whenever it rains one should always do some - chak dhoom dhoom chak - just like Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan. Fun, romantic, melodious and such talented kids dancing makes this song absolutely must to dance during the rainy season.
SOUND OF MUSIC - SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN ( 1965 )
One young couple, late night, a beautiful covered white room with matching seats, and of course rain - this is all one needs to make a perfect setting of a romantic dance evening. All this made this song as iconic as the movie itself. The lyrics of the song are simple, the setting absolutely lovely, the choreography absolutely appropriate for a romantic couple dance.
GURU - BARSO RE MEGHA ( 2007 )
An award- winning movie and a beautiful song - barso re megha - showcases a natural scenery of a small village and therefore the choreography is so full of fun and ‘masti’ of rain. This rain dance shows the beautiful, vulnerable and fun character of a village girl portrayed by the beautiful Aishwarya Rai. Whenever it rains, we all become like a child. Dancing in the rain, jumping, playing with hair or skirt, drenching in mud - all of these things are so much fun.
STEP UP 2 - FINAL DANCE ( 2008 )
We can never ever forget the movie that made a milestone of difference in the way dance was represented in movies. Step Up movie series is not just any musical or a romantic comedy, it’s just pure dance movie and inspiration for many dance lovers all over the world. It showcases the passion of street dancers, and with it, also paved the way for future cinematography for dance sequences. For once, dancers are performing by themselves rather than taking the help of body doubles. Amazing choreography and amazing direction is the highlight of this dance scene.
ABCD - ANYBODY CAN DANCE - BEZUBAAN ( 2013 )
So what’s better than bringing a full-on street dance movie? Nothing, but one more dance movie in a desi style. Street dance has evolved so much and has been embraced by dancers all over the world, including India. Indian dance reality shows gave a huge platform to present some wonderful dancers and choreographers. Directed and choreographed by Indian MJ, Prabhu Deva, this movie won the hearts of many Indian dancers. This song Bezubaan has all the passion and struggle of any dancer who defies his family because he wanted to follow his heart. The energy and freedom of movement is part of the rain that helps to intensify the character of this movie.
STEP UP 3D - WATER DANCE ( 2010 )
The only way one can make a dance performance absolutely amazing is to pour water on stage. This movie has kept on innovating with awesome dance moves and technique in every series. The foot-tapping music, awesome dancer like Adam who just enters the dance battle and moves like magic. The stage becomes a real battle ground and the audience, the judges and even their opponents are surprised by the dance scene created by the crew. Once again this water dance scene is a real treat for dancers.
BAAGHI - CHAM CHAM CHAM ( 2016 )
Bollywood dance and rain never disappoints and makes for a perfect way to present the romance between a young boy and a young girl. There are so many rain scenes in Bollywood but when it comes to dancing in rain, the lyrics of the song has to match the fluidity of the rain and its effect on the movie characters. With excellent dancers, Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor, this song is definitely a hit among young audience.
These are just few rain dance songs that are most popular in Hollywood and Bollywood movies. However, the range of such awesome dance scenes is as varied as a rainbow. The positive feeling that rain fills us with is so amazing that each time it rains, it helps dancers express the depth of their feelings. Whatever you feel and whatever you want to express, never ever dull your hearts and minds when it rains!