Haule haule! Not quite, but the song always comes to mind when considering the festival of Holi: the Indian festival of colors, where it is customary to dress in white and get decorated with powdered pigments. Here in the US, there are various events spread out across the nation which celebrate the holiday–as well as various events around the world and in India as well. The idea and notion of throwing colors hasn’t really been explained or expressed in mainstream America, but with initiatives like the Color Run in major US cities, people are starting to dive deeper into understanding where this cultural idea came from.
In terms of Bollywood, there are quite a number of films that show scenes of Holi, one scene that comes to mind is the voice of a raspy Aishwarya Rai Bachchan whispering, “Happy Holi.” in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Another, the smiling face of Shahruhk’s character in Rab Ne Bana De Jodi as he listlessly gets carried into a sea of melancholy when thinking of his wife–despite the colored fog that rise up in clouds around him.
Our Best Film Bets for Holi:
Want to check out a cheerful Dance number type film?
Aaja Nachle might be the film for you!
How About a Fun Punjabi Family Comedy?
Yamla Pagla Deewana hits the spot.
Characters that Speak Jibberish Get You Going?
Chup Chup Ke for fun, a fun crazy time.
Insane Telugu for an INSANE Holi?
Yep, Nuvvostanante Nenoddananta will get you going.
Heartwarming Tragic Drama? But has a color in the title?
Rang De Basanti – रंग दे बसंती you can paint it yellow, but rockers might like black better.
No Holiday Can’t be Complete without an actual holiday!
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for a European vintage throwback, romantic flower party!
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Awesome Vintage Kartha Quilts will get you in the mood for a lighter season!
Sexy Indian Runway styles for spring!
Bring Holi to your home!