Hit me up with a bunch of great Bollywood song and dance videos
June 11, 2019 7:32 AM   Subscribe

I’m traveling in India and I think it would be fun to watch/listen to, though I have no idea what is good and don’t want to watch a whole movie, just watch the great song/dance numbers. New stuff, classics, absurd stuff, it’s all game.
posted by wooh to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se. Great staging of a song and dance number on top of a moving train. Classic Bollywood.
posted by Preserver at 7:42 AM on June 11 [9 favorites]

You could do far worse than churning through the archives of Chor Bazaar. DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid have an amazingly widespread show. They do play plenty of Bollywood tracks, but also play plenty of other genres under the wide tent of “music from India.” Some shows have had more Tamil music (pop and traditional), Pakistani tracks...lots of stuff that’s really wide ranging.

They’re also great DJs so each show really fits together aurally.
posted by furnace.heart at 8:04 AM on June 11

The other day I was looking for videos to show why the "Prince Ali" song from the live action Aladdin lacked energy and now I want to watch Bajirao Mastani. Malhari Pinga

Khalibali and Ghoomar from Padmaavat

And for something different, Usha Uthup covering Michael Jackson and Señorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
posted by sukeban at 8:04 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Sublime Frequencies also has a couple of great India-centric albums. Bollywood steel guitar is in heavy rotation at our house. Some of the others are pretty dope too.
posted by furnace.heart at 8:19 AM on June 11

If you change your tune about whole movies, all three of the Dhoom movies are quite good, visually stunning, and filled with really good dancers and dance numbers. Effects are not super fantastic, but they're pretty good, and all the actors are pretty (in various different ways) and quite skilled. If you have Amazon Prime and are in the US, you can watch all three for free.
posted by kalessin at 8:30 AM on June 11

A few great Bollywood dance numbers from off the top of my head:

Nimbooda Nimbooda from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Dhoom Taana from Om Shanti Om

Badtameez Dil from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se

Mauja Hi Mauja from Jab We Met

Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli

Dola Re Dola from Devdas
posted by whitewall at 9:08 AM on June 11 [3 favorites]

Its the Time to Disco from Kal Ho Naa Ho

Mahi Ve also from Kal Ho Naa Ho

Ainvayi Ainvayi from Band Baaja Baaraat

Dum Dum also from Band Baaja Baaraat

Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (really anything from that movie is great)
posted by something_witty at 9:21 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

An early 80's fave with some fab disco style in the video: Aap Jaisa Koi from Qurbani.
posted by rather be jorting at 12:34 PM on June 11

I think I already rec'd it last time there was a question on this topic, but Choli ke Peeche Kya Hai is an early 90's classic with terrific choreography and double-entendre lyrics.
posted by karayel at 3:21 PM on June 11

Can’t link on mobile, but I love Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan.
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 4:06 PM on June 11

You Are My Soniya from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Earworm.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 4:52 PM on June 11

Malhari from Bajirao Mastani is a relatively recent favorite of mine.
Kar Gayi Chull is very fun.

If you are visiting to Bombay try and watch Gully Boy before going (it's on Amazon Prime).

Mere Gully Mein
Sher Aaya Sher
posted by busybee at 5:36 AM on June 12

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