Category: Item Numbers

“Koi Ladka Hai Jab” (Dil Toh Pagal Hai, 1997)

Earlier this week, “Koi Ladka Hai Jab” randomly entered my head and hasn’t left. So hey, I can write about it! Despite its commercial success and the popularity of its soundtrack, Dil Toh Pagal Hai […]

“Aata hai aata hai saantaaclose aata hai” (Shandaar, 1974)

A little girl dreams of Santa. He sings and dances, flanked by children and children dressed as angels. He hands out presents as it snows. He sings about himself to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” […]

“Hum bhi agar bachche hote” (Door Ki Awaaz, 1964)

Note: This is not an item number by any stretch. It is a children’s song. But it is my birthday and I couldn’t find any good item numbers to write about. “Hum bhi agar bachche […]

Xmas Tree by Bollywood Santa (2014/2015)

Though Bollywood doesn’t shy away from using Christian iconography or featuring Christian characters, few films focus on Christian holidays or themes. Indeed, while plenty of films have explored Hinduism and Islam, and their conflicts and […]

Bollywood on Wheels (2016)

The energetic movements of bhangra and other styles that influence Bollywood is a joy to watch, but can be difficult to perform and inaccessible to many people. In recent years, several dance troupes have sprung […]

“Tu Mungla Mungla Main Good Ki Dali” (Inkaar, 1978)

“Tu Mungla” is my ideal item number. The classic tropes: a lone woman in a bar full of men, dancing in a skimpy outfit to a catchy tune, and trying to entice the movie’s hero; […]

“Chamma Chamma” (China Gate, 1998)

I love Baz Luhrmann movies, and I was 18 when Moulin Rouge! came out, so it hit me perfectly square between the eyes. The final set-piece is set to “Chamma Chamma.” I was pretty disappointed […]