Rajesh Khanna was the undisputed heartthrob of an entire generation. There’s no wonder that he starred in probably the best Bollywood sex song of all time. Just ask your mom for the crazy stories surrounding Rajesh Khanna. Women used to flock his car and even worship the dirt he used to walk on. The song ‘Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein‘ is considered to be an iconic Bollywood sex song even today. To cash in on the craziness, he was cast in Ajnabee opposite Zeenat Aman. Nevertheless, Rajesh Khanna was ruling Indian women’s hearts and the producers were laughing their way to the bank.
Just like Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman was also a celebrity worshipped by the opposite gender. Casting these two together was a stroke of genius by the casting director. Ajnabee released in 1974, was an instant classic. To add a lucrative cherry to an already remunerative cake, the songs resonated with the audiences. While people were still dodging the topic of sex in India, Rajesh Khanna was emerging as an uncontested sex symbol. The term was relatively new for the Indian audiences.
The vocals to this classic were provided by the legends themselves – Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. The music was composed by R.D. Burman and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. Looking at the stars and the talents behind this song, it was obvious that the filmmakers spared no expenses.
The song is entirely filmed on a rooftop. Our leads are dancing, drenched in the pouring rain. There’s something about rain and a Bollywood sex song that just churns out an instant hit. The chemistry between Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman is just electrifying. They made even a menial step like holding hands look sexy. There’s no unnecessary objectification. Take notes, Bollywood. Learn from your elders.
The yesteryear stars and their work is living proof that our parents are right. Today’s standard of a Bollywood sex song is so low, that even our generation is disowning it. Rajesh Khanna may not have had smouldering looks or six-pack abs to flaunt, but he did have grace and charm. Zeenat Aman, one of the sexiest actresses of the Indian cinema, did not rely on showing her skin to entice the audience. 46 years later, Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein is still the purest Bollywood sex song.