Asha Parekh reflects on the unconventional Holi sequence in 'Kati Patang' |


Holi has always added vibrancy to the Indian film world. Several Bollywood films would be incomplete without their Holi sequences and songs. The iconic Holi scene from Shakti Samanta's 1971 filmKati Patang' is a perfect example of the same. It remains etched in cinematic memory, mainly due to its unconventional treatment and underlying social commentary.
In the scene, Asha ParejThe character, a widow, is at the center of the festivities, but emotionally distant. As Rajesh KhannaThe character leads the party with the lively anthem.Aaj Na Chodenge Under Humjoli Khelenge Hum Holi,' Asha's depiction exudes sadness and regret, symbolizing her exclusion from the joyful celebrations.

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The climax of the song, however, takes a daring turn when Rajesh Khanna's character dares to challenge social norms by applying color to Asha Parekh's hair, a symbolic gesture that suggests a marriage proposal.
Reflecting on her experience filming the sequence, Asha Parekh fondly recalled the importance of 'Kati Patang' in her career journey. The film not only earned her critical acclaim but also showcased her versatility as an actress. The Holi song, in particular, remains a highlight, highlighting the resilience of Parekh's character and the transformative power of love.

RD Burman's musical prowess adds an extra layer of complexity to the scene and Lata Mangeshkar's voice adds a poignant touch, portraying the inner turmoil and colorless existence of the widow.