August 02, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Run through all the festivals; you would realize that in collaboration, relationships form the essence of their being. Indeed, they deal with relationships in their different stages. The name 'Rakshabandhan' suggests 'a bond of protection&#
On this auspicious day; the brother acknowledges his sister as one who must be cherished and protected for everything that she is to him and all the things about her that makes him who he is. Probably that is why; they say that though you may find so much of yourself in your sister; she still is your opposite. Doesn’t that mean she is the only mirror that can actually show you, who you are.
Bollywood has often put on film, this beautiful occasion; however, not always in a manner that is delightful. Nevertheless, there are a few films that hold up the occasion with desired esteem. Two of the best selections from the 60’s would be "Rakhi" and "Bhai Bahen", by heyday filmmaker, Bhim Singh, who was a saleable, box office triumphant. His successes were always a result of selecting the best actors; Ashok Kumar and Waheeda Rehman, in Rakhi, and Sunil Dutt and Nutan, in "Bhai Bahen".
Shabana Azmi in "Anokha Bandhan" and "Yeh Kaisa Insaaf", are another set of films that tried to polish the idea of a sacrificial ‘Bahen’. Though, a similar touch of that was seen, in 1971, in the film “Mere Bhaiyya” that was directed by Satyen Bose and featured Nazima. Tapan Sinha's "Didi" portrayed the best sister figure; with Deepti Naval playing the role of a prostitute trying desperately to hide her profession from her younger brother. Similarly; in K. Balachander's "Aaina", Mumtaz becomes a prostitute to support her impoverished siblings.
The new age siblings redefined the brother and sister bond with films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na with Genelia D'Souza and Prateik Babbar capturing cute relationship insights. The Sharukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai pairing in Josh made us feel all warm inside. The proverbial macho brother to Kajol, Arbaz Khan in Pyar Kiya toh Darna Kya reminded all the little sisters of how willfull and stubborn their brothers can be.
Although, the list of films can role on to eternity; do not forget to listen to some of the singing brothers and sisters, in Bollywood, for there are beautiful morals that they lend; so instead of staying at the edges, through a mere exchange of touchy hallmark quotations; let us fall deeper and deeper into the essence of this festival by the mesmerizing lyrics.
Here’s MTV’s RakshaBandhan Playlist:
1) Behna na Bhai ki Kalhai
2) Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ki
3) Yeh Rakhi Ka Bandhan Hai Aisa
4) Phoolon Ka Taroon Ka
5) Rang Birangi Rakhi Lekar
Do feel free to add on to this list and customize it for your special sister!
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