With the onset of the colourful, high-adrenaline celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday, he's skimming through some of Bollywood's best odes to the young god with Janmashtami.
Shammi Kapoor defines energy in his movies and songs, and 'Govinda aala re aala' from Bluffmaster makes your mind spin to the streets and dance with the legend. Shatrughan Sinha and Sunil Dutt led the dancers on the street with their charm and devotion in the song 'Teen battiwala Govinda' in 'Muqabla', and the Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar combination weaved magic with their voices again in the track! Shatrughan waltzed his way on screen with just as much energy with 'Shor mach Gaya shor, dekho aaya maakhan chor' from the movie 'Badla'. And on the streets again, you have Amitabh Bachchan's 'Mach Gaya Shor' from Khuddar, blaring through the loud-speakers during the festival of dance, colour and human pyramids.
The childish side of Govinda can be seen as he asks his mother why Radha is fairer than him in 'Yashomati Maiyya se', through the voice of Lata Mangeshkar and the movie 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'.
Dahi Handi wouldn't have been the same without the teasing of the gully Radha by their Krishnas. Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor- the eternal Ram-Lakhan jodi gave their best on screen with the damsels Kimi Katkar and Farha as the foursome danced away to 'Aala re Govinda'. Always touted as a festival of playful flirtation, you can't not think of Sridevi as she begs her Krishna to not tease her any more with 'Mohe Chhedo na'. Lata Mangeshkar strikes a chord again there!
And the latest addition to the list of Govinda songs is Sonakshi Sinha, following in her father's footsteps on the Janmashtami factor with Go Govinda!
Every mood, every colour of this deity's life has been reflected in Bollywood songs- so bring on the joy of Janmashtami by loading on to the playlist these filmy tracks that make the festival ever so special!