Dabangg turns 10, as does ‘Munni badnaam hui’: Remembering 10 songs down the decade that make you miss the big screen

Posted on September 10, 2020


Raise your hand if you like watching good, old-fashioned naach-gaana stretches in a cinema hall! Here’s a one-per-year list of these spectacles. Feel free to add your favourites.

Let’s get one thing out of the way. This isn’t about memorable songs that have stood the test of time and will echo over our lonely planet even after human beings disappear. Nope! This is a simple tribute to the rush of adrenalin that flowed through us — in the past decade — when a catchy song and catchier choreography came together on a big screen.

2010 (‘Munni badnaam hui’, Dabangg): The original was apparently a 1970s song by Razia Begum, a folk singer from Madhya Pradesh: it went Launda badnaam hua, naseeban tere liye. The passage of decades and a quick gender-flip later, we got this Lalit Pandit (yes, Jatin’s brother) chartbuster. Farah Khan said she listened to all the songs of Dabangg and chose to choreograph Munni. Whatever that instinct was, it worked: the steps are smashing, as is Malaika Arora. When the initially low-sounding percussion bursts into full-blast at “Main Zandu balm hui,” you realise why theatre speakers were invented. Mahesh Limaye shoots the sequin-popping splendour beautifully.

2011 (‘Character dheela hai’, Ready): Wow, another Salman number? I was not… um, ready for this inner revelation! But this star’s songs are just so much fun on the big screen, probably because the man… cannot dance to save his life. (The sight of him as Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-Azam, wiggling his un-wiggle-able hip, is a laughter cure for the ages.) Another person having himself a whole lot of fun is lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, who rhymes “formula” with “khokla”, “dheela” with “santreela”, “Facebook” with “ek look”, and Pritam completes the experience with his insanely ear-wormy techno-shehnai hook. The bling quotient of the sets is off-the-charts. Gold is a very happy-making colour on screen!

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