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One of the things that makes Bollywood movies great, for me, is that they almost always have several music-and-dance numbers in them. I was making a list of some of my favorites for a friend, and figured that some of you might be interested too. So here they are, with a few explanations of the setting/movie. These aren't all my favorites - a lot of them I couldn't find on youtube - but I was too lazy to upload myself, so they'll have to do.

Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge

This is from Border, a really old movie, one of my favorites when I was younger. So these soldiers are at the border right at the beginning of a war, but haven't received orders to do anything yet, so to pass the time they perform a musical number! Despite my description, this was an extremely serious movie, with most of the people in this video dead by the end (including my favorite, the guy that climbed up the tank and high-fived the sardarji. the actor went on to star in many more movies and get progressively balder and bulkier, and I found that even more tragic than his premature death here). But yes. We Indians are geniuses and know that even the most serious of situations should not stop manly men from singing and dancing together.

Ae Ajnabi

From another old movie - Dil Se, released in 1998, and one of AR Rahman's musical masterpieces. Guy saw girl at train station and fell in love with her at first sight; the girl left before he could find out anything about her. The guy was a disc jockey, so he started playing these songs and leaving these messages trying to find her. What he doesn't know (dum dum DUM) is that the girl is with a terrorist organization and is planning on blowing up - something. I forget what, except it is big. Anyway, the movie's all very dark and tragic, and this song's awesome.

Kehna Hi Kya

The same girl as before, except in something more lighthearted (instead of a movie dealing with terrorism, we have one dealing with muslim/hindu riots!) A wedding number, without which Bollywood movies just can't be considered complete. I like the song, and the way the shots are framed; wish the guy was cuter, but ahwell.

Nagada Nagada

From Jab We Met, a relatively recent movie that decided to shake things up a bit by having an engagement number instead of a wedding one. And, okay, the lip syncing in the beginning is really lame, but everything else is so fun.

Barso Re

From Guru, starring Aishwarya Rai who I don't generally like, but I have to admit she did an excellent job in this movie. A girl singing in the rain song, which is another hugely ubiquitous genre in bollywood movies.

Aankhon se Khwaab Rooth Kar

Can't say anything about the movie, since by the time it came out I'd already reached my Bollywood movie cliche quota (working on the kdrama cliche quota now). Loved this song though, so I went to check out the video on youtube, which was as depressing as expected, but artistically so.


Saving the best for last. These songs are from Omkara, a movie that I adore and would recommend to anyone. I don't particularly care for the leads because I don't find either attractive, but they can both act, and the story is well-paced and the dialogue amazing and each individual shot seems like an artistic masterpiece. Also, the songs are just awesome.

Omkara

Not a music video as much as a scene from the movie with the music playing in the background. Including this mainly because I love the way the brawl goes, and how at the end Omkara calmly walks up to the guy pointing the gun at him and gently takes it away, saying "you put bets on horses, not tigers". Would utterly adore this character if he was at all cute (and not about to turn utterly crazy).

Naina

What's happening during this song: a girl nurses Omkara and falls in love with him. She's engaged to be married to someone else, though, so she drops her ring into Omkara's drink and sends him a note, saying that if he doesn't marry her she'll commit suicide. (And she's the most sane person in this movie.)

Laakad

A short song, less than two minutes. Including it because I liked the way it was shot.

Namak

An item number, which is basically a song where a girl (who usually doesn't appear again in the movie) dresses & dances provocatively. The girl in question is one of my favorite dancers, Bipasha Basu, and she's amazing in both this and Beedi.

O Saathi Re

The heroine is pissed (I can't remember why. Perhaps Omkara left the toilet seat up) and Omkara, being the brave and fearless fighter that he is, runs from her like a scared chicken. And then they have sex.

Beedi

This film has two item numbers, going off the philosophy, one assumes, that you can never have too much of a good thing. (Like I said before, we Indians are geniuses.) This song's probably my favorite of the lot - everyone's drunk and dancing against each other and Bipasha and the male lead dancer are the sexiest things ever. It is the most gloriously raunchy thing. If you watch one video from this post, watch this!

Date: 2008-05-18 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] navia.livejournal.com
Do you think opening with a nine minute video from the 90s is really the way to lure newbs? ^^

Akshaye Khanna got fat (I already knew about the bald)? Where have I been? He looked a lot cuter in that video than I ever remember him being, though.

I was obsessed with "Ae Ajnabi" (and really the entire Dil Se soundtrack, but especially that song) when it first came out. I don't care much at all for the movie, but the songs are ace, and Manisha Koirala is my woman.

"Kehna Hi Kya" is one of my favorites also, and of course I agree about the non-cute guy. *sigh*

I didn't really care for "Nagada Nagada," and I would probably find "Barso Re" fun with any other actress, but I cannot deal with Aish at all.

I *just* reserved Omkara at my local library, so I'm not gonna watch those yet. I have to say, though, I find Ajay Devgan totally sexy. I remember when I first saw him and his floppy hair way back when, I thought he was fug, but once he started playing villains and morally ambiguous heroes, I fell for him. His eyes, Sai! They're like the classic sultry Indian eyes from paintings.
From: [identity profile] color-blue.livejournal.com
Do you think opening with a nine minute video from the 90s is really the way to lure newbs? ^^

...yes? (wait, is this a trick question?) :b

That video's my favorite, really, because of the nostalgia factor. Couldn't not include it as first - it would have been disloyal!!


Akshaye Khanna got fat (I already knew about the bald)? Where have I been? He looked a lot cuter in that video than I ever remember him being, though.

I should totally rephrase that. He's not fat, but his face is much squarer and less refined now because he's bulky, the Indian male movie star thing where the really slim and cute ones think the ticket to greater success is to get huge muscles, and that's never been my ideal body-type (to put it lightly - the muscles that Salman Khan & Hritik Roshan have are a major squick, and I wince every time they wear short sleeves or go shirtless), so whenever it happens (and it invariably DOES, you know) I'm always like "....why do you do this to me? do you WANT me to stop fangirling you??? FINE I WILL." And in Akshay Khanna's case, there was such a difference between even Border and Taal, when he was in the middle of the bulking up thing and before the major hair loss. I think he was handsome going on beautiful in Border, but by Taal he'd started looking somewhat ordinary to me.


I was obsessed with "Ae Ajnabi" (and really the entire Dil Se soundtrack, but especially that song) when it first came out. I don't care much at all for the movie, but the songs are ace, and Manisha Koirala is my woman.

I loved Manisha Koirala. Whatever happened to her? Madhuri Dixit & her were my favorites, and now Madhuri's stuck playing crappy supporting roles and Manisha's nowhere to be found. Bollywood obviously hates me. :/


didn't really care for "Nagada Nagada,"

ohh, was it the actors? The music? The choreography?


and I would probably find "Barso Re" fun with any other actress, but I cannot deal with Aish at all.

ohyay, I'm not the only person here who thinks Aish sucks. It seems sometimes that the blogosphere is filled with nothing but love for her, and I just can't understand that. Though, navia navia, did you not, for the longest time, have an Aish icon that you used completely without irony? AM I IMAGINING THINGS?


I *just* reserved Omkara at my local library, so I'm not gonna watch those yet.

Tell me what you think when you watch it!


I have to say, though, I find Ajay Devgan totally sexy. I remember when I first saw him and his floppy hair way back when, I thought he was fug, but once he started playing villains and morally ambiguous heroes, I fell for him. His eyes, Sai! They're like the classic sultry Indian eyes from paintings.

.....rightttt.

Date: 2008-05-23 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] navia.livejournal.com
Okay, I looked up some recent Akshaye Khanna and wow. Usually Indians age really well! Clearly not the case here. I don't even think it's about his muscles, but his face. I'm so glad I never fangirled him in the first place, because I would be in pain right now.

the muscles that Salman Khan & Hritik Roshan have are a major squick

Did you see Dhoom 2? I think Hrithik's body was gorgeous there, toned but not bulky like Salman. He does push it a little, but he's still my Bollywood boyfriend. Otherwise, we are in complete agreement. The way most of the actors gain muscle is gross to me. They look ridiculous with their tiny heads and gigantic pecs and arms -- gimme a break. I don't want to go back to the 80s when the heroes were fat and fug, but surely there's a happy medium.

Madhuri Dixit & her were my favorites, and now Madhuri's stuck playing crappy supporting roles and Manisha's nowhere to be found.

I thought Madhuri recently starred in something that was a hit? I didn't see it, but I remember my parents talking about it. The last place I saw Manisha was in Company where she was awesome. But she's always been too good and too serious for mainstream Bollywood. I have no idea where she is now.

ohh, was it the actors? The music? The choreography?

I really dislike the song, especially the chorus. I couldn't even make it through the whole video!

Though, navia navia, did you not, for the longest time, have an Aish icon that you used completely without irony? AM I IMAGINING THINGS?

YES, YOU ARE. I swear on all that is holy that I have never had an Aish icon! Ninety percent of my Bollywood icons have been Madhuri, and then I have one of Antara Mali that I never use. Never Aish!

Btw, a while ago you made a post about how you don't like her, and I started to respond and then got distracted, but I can tell you now that you are not alone. She can't act to save her life, imo, even after all these years. Her dancing is so devoid of passion that I cannot bear to watch. I can't even find her beautiful because she just looks like an Indian Barbie to me, plastic and fake. Go away, Aish.

Re: Ajay, you're not playing fair! :P I'm not saying he's pretty or anything, he just has a quality when playing villains that is sexy to me. I couldn't find a proper clip from Company, but maybe this? It all falls apart when he tries to look cheerful.

Date: 2008-05-27 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] color-blue.livejournal.com
Did you see Dhoom 2? I think Hrithik's body was gorgeous there, toned but not bulky like Salman.

Yeah. Didn't think he was completely gross there, but didn't particularly like him either.


Otherwise, we are in complete agreement. The way most of the actors gain muscle is gross to me. They look ridiculous with their tiny heads and gigantic pecs and arms -- gimme a break. I don't want to go back to the 80s when the heroes were fat and fug, but surely there's a happy medium.

*nodsnods* Totally agree here. (Also, going from indian pop to jpop and to some extent kpop too is SUCH A WHIPLASH. Completely different extreme aesthetics at work.)


I thought Madhuri recently starred in something that was a hit? I didn't see it, but I remember my parents talking about it.

Are you talking about Aaja Nachle? From what I could tell, even in that movie she played a matchmaker role, and the main couple were Imran and Anokhi.


YES, YOU ARE. I swear on all that is holy that I have never had an Aish icon! Ninety percent of my Bollywood icons have been Madhuri, and then I have one of Antara Mali that I never use. Never Aish!

omg. WHO DOES, THEN? Going through the icons of everyone I've friended here and elsewhere trying to figure this out now. >_>


I couldn't find a proper clip from Company, but maybe this? It all falls apart when he tries to look cheerful.

I think he looks even more frightening when acting cheerful than when acting angry. XD

Date: 2008-05-27 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] navia.livejournal.com
(Also, going from indian pop to jpop and to some extent kpop too is SUCH A WHIPLASH. Completely different extreme aesthetics at work.)

Truly. I have yet to see a J-pop boy I find attractive, so I don't think they're meant for me. K-pop seems to represent a range from Rain-type bodies to Yunho-type bodies to Yoochun-type bodies, and all are considered attractive. I like having choices!

Yeah, it was Aaja Nachle, and I maintain that I know nothing about it. I thought she was considered the star because the main couple was not played by anyone famous, and there was no hero. Looking at it, it seems like a pretty lame comeback film for someone like her. :\

omg. WHO DOES, THEN? Going through the icons of everyone I've friended here and elsewhere trying to figure this out now. >_>

Maybe you are just being *haunted* by Aish, seeing her face where it doesn't exist. *shudders* If not that, then the only people I've seen with Aish icons have been white people, so I'd look there first. :x

I think he looks even more frightening when acting cheerful than when acting angry. XD

Totally agree. How he was ever cast as a cheerful, frolicking hero in the 90s, I will never understand.

Date: 2008-05-27 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] color-blue.livejournal.com
Truly. I have yet to see a J-pop boy I find attractive, so I don't think they're meant for me.

I have a soft-spot in my heart for jpop boys. JE seems like such a scary company that I can't help thinking of its idols as starving brand-obsessed disposable wage workers, which is tragic because some of them have what seems like really good bone structure under all the layers of make-up!


K-pop seems to represent a range from Rain-type bodies to Yunho-type bodies to Yoochun-type bodies, and all are considered attractive. I like having choices!

My exposure to kpop has mainly been limited to dbsk and various female idols. I must branch out more - I have very little idea of who Rain is!


Yeah, it was Aaja Nachle, and I maintain that I know nothing about it. I thought she was considered the star because the main couple was not played by anyone famous, and there was no hero.

You might be right, though. I haven't seen the movie either, just heard about it, and most of my opinion is based on that and a couple of its music videos (which concentrated on the love story and might have given me a distorted view).


Maybe you are just being *haunted* by Aish, seeing her face where it doesn't exist. *shudders* If not that, then the only people I've seen with Aish icons have been white people, so I'd look there first. :x

*DOES* :x

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