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Special Feature: Five Bollywood film sequences that celebrate Christmas

‘Tis the season once again and Christmas is here! Cold winds, chilly air, and thick snow have made its way to most parts of the world. City streets have been decked up with lights and decorations, Christmas trees have been put up in almost every other household and there is a certain joyous festive vibe in the air.

India, being ‘the land of festivals,’ celebrates Christmas with as much pomp and glory as the rest of the world. And when it comes to festivities in India, Bollywood never fails to celebrate the same through their films or movies. Hence, on the prosperous occasion of Christmas, looks at five Bollywood films that have celebrated the festival on-screen over the years:

‘Shandaar’ (1974)
This yesteryear film was one of the earliest to showcase Christmas celebrations in Indian cinema. The film has an entire song sequence dedicated to the festival with Sanjeev Kumar as Rajan dressed up as Santa Claus to spend Christmas with little kids. This film also introduces us to the only Hindi adaptation of Jingle Bells sung by the legendary Kishore Kumar and gives Indian listeners the perfect tune to groove to this festive season. The entire set in this scene has been shown as a Christmas wonderland and gives out a feeling of joy and good cheer.

‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ (2010)
Shakun Batra’s romantic comedy starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan in lead roles has wonderfully upheld the essence of Christmas in Las Vegas. In fact, the main plot of the film has been built around the festival of Christmas as Riana and Rahul played by Kapoor and Khan respectively has their second meeting on the night of Christmas Eve. As the duo spends a fun filled-evening on the streets of the Christmas lit city, they also end up getting married in an inebriated and intoxicated state. It is through this very incident that the entire forthcoming journey of the couple begins. Moreover, the title track of the film itself is set on the evening or night of Christmas.

‘Anjaana Anjaani’ (2010)
Another film in the same year with a lot of Christmas vibes surrounding the main plot is Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Ranbir Kapoor’s rom-com drama directed by Siddharth Anand. Though this film has no direct reference to Christmas day, the entire background of the movie alongside the principal photography takes place along the festive season. This film too highlights Christmas in the West as the majority of events take place in New York and Las Vegas where the lead duo spend few days with each other on the road. There are numerous constant instances of Christmas decorations, lights, public celebrations and jubilance alongside the progression of the story and characters.

‘2 States’ (2014)
Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starrer romantic drama adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name revolves around the love story of Krish and Ananya. As the duo begins to fall for each other in their college days, the initial journey of their love is traced through the hit soundtrack Offo. The song sequence showcases a series of celebrations through time-lapse including the festival of Christmas among other ones. IIM-Ahmedabad appears decked up in Christmas decorations and goodies as the leads celebrate the festival together and warm up to each other.

‘Dilwale’ (2015)
This Rohit Shetty film has perhaps one of the cutest Christmas scenes in Bollywood. Veer, as played by Varun Dhawan, falls in love with Ishita played by Kriti Sanon. Veer decides to propose Ishita on the occasion of Christmas and does so amidst Christmas lights and in front of a church. In a very Love Actually manner, he puts up placards to express his feelings and declares his love for the lady through a mirror. Dhawan also adorably strikes the iconic SRK romantic pose in this very scene. Even Pritam’s peppy and romantic tune Premika from the movie is set entirely on the backdrop of Christmas. wishes all our readers a very Merry Christmas and hopes Indian films continue to celebrate the festival in their own unique way!

By Varsha Roy