By Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFMMovies may come and movies may go, trends may emerge and they may fade, but what will never change is Bollywood’s love for its songs and dances. After all this is what makes us different from the rest of the world! There were number of eye pleasing dances in the year gone by. Some were sensual, some were classy, some were funky while some were downright sexy!
1) Jhalak Dikhlaja – Aksar
Undoubtedly the most ‘watched’ song of the year! When ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’ was heard first, there were no doubts that the song would lead to a chartbuster status. After all the song had enough credentials to be popular just with a great tune by Himesh Reshammiya and Emraan Hashmi to boost. The song came on air, the movie released and the song turned into a smashing success. Such has been the success of the song that it finds a place in every VCD/DVD song compilation and is quite popular even today over all satellite TV music channels. The song rocked in a big way and though there were no vigorous dance steps, it was sheer attitude and Hashmi’s presence that made ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’ as it is today!
2) Beedi – Omkara
When the song came on screen first, it seemed that it would work mainly in the interiors. Today, it is heard in the most up market Indians pubs and discs in India and abroad. One wonders if even the song’s choreographer would have ever thought the song would be such a rage across the globe. Bipasha Basu may have been dancing to a tune set in rural India but not even one finger can point to her saying that she was vulgar or indecent. Now that’s what a class actress at the helm of affairs for such a song makes a difference. Any other lesser mortal and ‘Beedi’ may have been a sleaze show all the way!
When Tom, Dick and Harry released, not many said that they were venturing into the theaters to watch Dino Morea, Jimmy Shergill and Arjun Sawhney wear their Tom, Dick and Harry caps! They said that they were going in to watch ‘Zara Jhoom Jhoom’! And if the movie turned out to be good then it was just an added bonus. Well, even the makers and the music company seemed to be in a know-how of this and that could well be the reason why majority of publicity campaign of the film revolved around this very number. Excitingly choreographed with nice moves, good lighting and stylish setting, ‘Jhoom Jhoom’ till date makes one go ‘jhoom’!
4) Humko Maaloom Hai – Jaan E Mann
Power of subtlety! That was the underlining strength of songs in Jaan-E-Mann. With an entire movie set on a Broadway theme, it was quite challenging to treat each song as different within the film’s context. For those who have been bred on Bollywood for decades, it was quite a refreshing change to see a new approach being adopted for choreographing ‘Humko Maaloom Hai’. Well, this was not all as songs like ‘Ajnabi Shehar’ and ‘Sau Dard Hai’ which may otherwise have been one of those routine background tracks, too stood out, all thanks to choreographer’s innovative ideas that made them cut above the rest.
5) Zinda Hoon Main – Zinda
How can one forget one of the most stylish songs coming from Bollywood stable? ‘Zinda Hoon Main’ may have started playing towards the end of 2005 but by the time the film released in 2006, the song had indeed caught up the heart, courtesy Ms. Lara Dutta’s sensual moves amidst a glass set! One doesn’t expect a routine job from director Sanjay Gupta and ‘Zinda Hoon Main’ was no different as experimentation and style merged to deliver one of the most international-looking music videos that has ever been witnessed in India.
6) Golmaal – Golmaal
Beach, babes and bikes – Lethal combination of each of these three formed an integral part of a great outing called ‘Golmaal Golmaal’ that played at the beginning of the film. Setting context of what’s up in store for the rest of the film, the title song is one of the glossiest numbers ever seen with some fresh dance steps that were trendy, hip- hop, sensual and never once vulgar even with 100 odd semi-clad women around. No wonder, the song still graces the music channels every now and then!
7) Guitar – Apna Sapna Money Money
If you have lived in the 80s and early 90s, you know what Govinda and Anil Kapoor used to offer in their films. If not, you would know about that it after watching the song ‘Dil Mein Baji Guitar’ from the film Apna Sapna Money Money. The song was designed in two phases – one with Riteish Deshmukh as a hero with Koena Mitra as his female partner and the other where Riteish was the female partner of Anupam Kher. While Ritiesh had a great time jiving around in red pants a la Govinda in a stage that was set in a shopping mall, Anupam Kher too didn’t miss out on action as his libido was on an overdrive with Riteish making all the right inviting gestures. Result? A masala number all the way for the masses.
8) Aaj Ki Raat – Don
How much can simple facial expressions and subtle body language convey through a dance? A lot if one looks, and then re-looks, at the lounge number ‘Aaj Ki Raat’. It may have been a situational track in the film but fact cannot be denied that ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ was the most defining tracks of the lot. A number where Priyanka Chopra and Isha Koppikar tried to be on top of each other with each believing that they knew the real Don, it was King Khan’s entry towards the middle of the song on the glass stage which proved who was the best of the lot. And no, we didn’t really mind the 70s style bubble effect on the frames!
9) Aashique Ye Meri – 36 China Town
Second track in the best choreographed songs to be featuring Isha Koppikar, ‘Aashique Ye Meri’ was the song that brought Upen Patel to your living room. Loads of attitude, loads of style, an innovative stage, great tune and some eye pleasing moves – each of these combined together to make ‘Aashique Ye Meri’ a song that would be remembered for many more years. And yes, there was a Kareena/Shahid/Akshaye version of the song too that rocked the show!
10) Sini Ne – Jawani Diwani
It’s a pity that the song didn’t get what it deserved! One of the best music videos ever created for a Bollywood film, ‘Sini Ne’ (although inspired) was the most rocking number in Jawani Diwani and boasted of some cool funky dance steps. Emraan Hashmi didn’t dance around the stage for this one! He just stood there and made his face, body language and last but not the least, some trendy costumes and accessories do the talking. Rest was left to a dozen odd hot bods in the background to add on the effect and lo, a sexy song was born!