While there has been a shift in recent years towards music being the foundation to build a story on, Bollywood still has those masala
movies with dance sequences popping out of nowhere. Even the super
serious movies, those independent films that are more character oriented
than the usual Bollywood fare, tend to have almost one item type
number. Dance pe chance toh maarna padta hai, yaar, yeh to Bollywood hai!
And of course, we have noticed that certain song and dance routines
seem to become almost a given, and without which the movie seems
incomplete. These are those numbers that, at one point, could be found
in almost every movie coming from the Bollywood industry.
Commonly referred to as the former, Bollywood has had a love affair
with song and dance numbers amongst the clouds and the snow, in the
picturesque Bernese Alps since the 1980s. Featured in hits like Chandni (1989) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
(1994), these sequences can range from the couple actually traveling to
the country in the story or simply exiting their home in India and
magically winding up in snowy Switzerland. And sometimes the outings
were so sudden, that by the time you noticed the translucent chiffon and
out of the blue bonfires, the songs would end and our couples would be
engaged in the melodrama that Bollywood excels in. But travel plans
aside, these songs did their work for the box office collections. Once
upon a time, no Bollywood movie was complete without such a number.
Hero Ne Maari Entry
Then we have the action and explosive dance numbers which usher in
the hero of the film. These may have similarities across the board, but
are by and large dependent on the hero's dance capabilities. Hrithik
Roshan or Shahid Kapoor, for example, can carry out a more enthusiastic
and elaborate production than say, Salman Khan, who is more quirky and
relaxed. However, these numbers are choreographed to highlight the
personality of our heroes - their strength and their nature. A recent
example of this would be Ajay Devgn in the 2012 film Son of Sardaar, where an apt mixture of machoness and cuteness introduced the character to a T!
The Grace Of The Heroine
On the other hand, our heroine's are given sweeter and more romantic
numbers in which they introduce themselves to the audience. These
numbers are often about falling in love, leaving home to experience life
to the fullest and are set to express the bubbly and happy nature of
the leading lady. "Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka" from Devdas (2002),
chock full of awaiting love and romantic fantasies, is one of the best
examples of such an entry. It is the epitome of grace, and sets up the
stage for both the character and the love story. Whereas "Chale Jaise
Hawayein" from Main Hoon Naa (2004) highlights the free spirited nature of the heroine.
There are many other concurrent ideas running through all song
and dance routines in Bollywood. From the signature moves of certain
actors to the performances whereby the heroine is singing and dancing
around the hero, who is simply sitting or standing and watching them;
there are many such and more, but we love them all. Because after all,
this is what makes Bollywood. What are your favorite typical song and
dance routines from over the years? Let us know in the comments below!
Writer: Aradhna K.
Editor(s): Nabila S. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Marsh P.
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