5 Films that celebrate Makar Sankranti

The first festival of the year, a.k.a. the festival of kites a.k.a Makar Sankranti is here! Be it called Sankranti or Pongal or Lohri, this festival of many names is celebrated with equal joy throughout our country. So why would Bollywood stay behind? Here are some films that celebrated the unequivocal joy of flying kites, eating sweets, and starting the new year with good vibes! 

1. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

The iconic song Kaipoche easily became the kite flying anthem of the country. A song where a family flies kites and celebrates the festival together, with lyrics like “dheel de dheel de de re bhaiya”, it greatly spawned the idea of kite flying competitions within the family. 

2. Kai Po Che 

While the film is based on a Chetan Bhagat novel and talks about the intricacies of friendship, the title is a translation in Gujarati of victory in a kite fight. The song Manjha, while referring to the kite string, also talks about faith in life, and how we can solve the strings in our life if we have enough passion for it. Add to it the brilliant acting by Sushant Singh Rajput, and we are sold. 

3. Earth 1947

Why not induce some romance into the magic of kite flying? In the iconic film, Aamir Khan teaches Nandita Das how to fly the kite while Ruth Aa Gayi Re plays in the background, setting the scene as sprouting the first tendrils of love and romance. 

4. Raees

SRK and Mahira Khan celebrate Uttaran while joyously singing to Udi Udi Jaye in this film. Resolving around the love of their characters, this song set against the backdrop of the festival serves as a medium of portraying their love story effectively.

5. Patang 

A literal translation of the word Kite, this film is set against the backdrop of India’s kite-flying festival. A wealthy businessman brings his daughter to meet his family and show her the kite festival, but against the backdrop of this happy occasion, tensions stir, and relationships are tested. 

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