The Monsoon is here, and time to bring out the chhatris.
But in our movies, even the most basic articles of necessity become the source of romance and drama.
Sukanya Verma lists the many umbrella moments of Bollywood.
Dil To Pagal Hai
Shah Rukh telling Madhuri her million-dollar smile causes a downpour before they break into a Chak Dhoom Dhoom jig is why Yash Chopra is our benchmark for silver screen romance.
Polka dotted umbrellas reign supreme when Aamir-Kareena fantasise about a 'jaisa filmon mein hota hai' rainy rendezvous.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Preity waits for Saif next to the Bull of Wall Street in pouring rain giving us a glimpse of their sweet friendship and fun chemistry.
For all her street-smart ways, Kareena's Chameli is just a regular girl enjoying the feeling of raindrops on her face like everyone else.
Fashion forward Jacqueline Fernandez gives her nerdy look in Kick a pop of colour by way of a red umbrella.
1942: A Love Story
Manisha Koirala's red umbrella adds a touch of romance to the setting before she and Anil Kapoor proceed to enjoy the pleasures of 'rimjim rimjim' against Himachal's hilly setting.
Sridevi;s transparent umbrella in Chaalbaaz ranks up there in Bollywood's pile of super cool memorabilia.
Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor's big debut may have sank at the box-office but the duo gets full points for surrendering to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's grand, old-fashioned aesthetics.
Akshay woos Ayesha Jhulka against a background of colourful umbrellas for a song sequence in Khiladi.
If you thought boring kakaji chhatris don't have any takers among Bollywood's hottest, Deepika wants you to rethink.
Afsana Pyar Ka
Aamir dancing under Neelam's balcony all through a rainy night with an umbrella in tow is stuff of Bollywood's cheerful tip tip memories.
Akshay's umbrella and caution are both tossed in the wind as soon as he learns of seductive Raveena's Tip Tip Barsa Paani intentions at an under construction building in the iconic rain song of Mohra.
Meri Pyaari Bindu
No longer the wild child of Ayushmann Khurrana's memories, Parineeti Chopra cuts a sober picture in the melancholic, monsoon-y climax of Meri Pyaar Bindi.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ranbir and Katrina discover their common stuttering problem and love for moong dal pakodas in the middle of a downpour in Rajkumar Santoshi's breezy 2009 romance.
Kareena and Salman let the umbrella do all the body-guarding amidst all the pitter patter while acknowledging Teri Meri Meri Teri Prem Kahani Hai Mushkil.
Rani and Saif decide to let go of the umbrella and embrace the rain in a symbolic moment, quite typical of Bollywood, in rom-com Hum Tum.
Life in a…Metro
Anurag Basu's story of criss-crossing relationships of Mumbaikars introduces its key protagonists going about their daily lives in the middle of pouring rain.
What happens behind the umbrella stays behind the umbrella as keenly demonstrated by Rekha-Jeetu during the title track of Judaai.
Before immortalising Mumbai rains through Amitabh-Moushumi's unforgettable walk in Manzil's Rimjhim Gire Saawan, Director Basu Chatterjee captured Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha taking refuge from Delhi's unexpected baarish in Rajnigandha.
Raj Kapoor and Nargis declaring their feelings to the tune of Pyar Hua Iqraar hua under an umbrella remains the most iconic visual of romance and rains in Hindi cinema.
Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman rekindle their romance against Bombay's famous downpour against the melodious Rimjhim Ke Tarane in Kala Bazar.
Geraftaar, Bachna Ae Haseeno
Dry days do not deter the umbrella. And it makes an appearance every now and then to offer shade to its tan-conscious heroine.
Jaan Hatheli Pe
In the 1980s potboiler Jaan Hatheli Pe, Dharmendra hides smuggled diamonds in wife Hema Malini's fancy umbrella, which catches cop Raj Babbar's eye and leads to the poor, unsuspecting significant other's arrest.
Arjun's most iconic, most thrilling chase features a crowd of black umbrellas and sword-held charging goons go after Sunny Deol's buddy in pouring rain with R D Burman’s frantic chant of Haw Haw Huh-Huh-Huh-Haw thumping in the background.
The Blue Umbrella
Vishal Bhardwaj's quaint adaptation of Ruskin Bond's novel revolves around a little girl's pretty blue umbrella and fellow villager Pankaj Kapur's attempts to procure it by hook or crook.