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Disco Fever: 10 unforgettable item songs

As more and more remixed albums are churned out every month and more clubs in town are pumping up the volume, Jerry Pinto selects his must- dhinchak dhinchak dance songs ever.

music Updated: Sep 05, 2007 11:36 IST
Jerry Pinto
Jerry Pinto

We dance. Tribals dance. Neanderthals dance. Those who don't know how to.. dance. In the areas where Bombay film music holds sway, aah come on in. Here's a nation of antakshari singers who speak only Malayalam but know the words to Chura liya hai.

We will, of course, shake our booties to Shakira and we will display our awesome bad taste by adopting Vengaboys ringtones but when it comes down to shaking people out of their seats and on to the floor, the canny DJ knows that he must turn back to Bombeats.

Here's my advisory checklist for DJs who want to get us back on the floor. Top 10 songs we dance to, holding it down to one song per music director, no matter the remixes thereof.

1. Chhaiyya chhaiya (Dil Se) AR Rahman
First, we remember Malaika Arora's waist and then we remember Shah Rukh Khan on a moving train and then the beat takes us and we forget everything and move. This is my top Rahman choice. It also has some stunning lyrics. I won't do any more Rahman because that might pack the list.

2. Kajra re (Bunty aur Babli) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
NDTV once did a programme that lasted an entire hour and devoted it to this song. The remixes fill a CD. That line Chaaku ki noq par fills the floor. It has enough variations to keep you from getting bored with your own movements.

3. Beedi jalai le (Omkara) Vishal Bharadwaj
In the deleted scenes on the Omkara DVD, Bipasha Basu begins with her rendition of an Umrao Jaan number. The punters erupt and demand this one. They still do, in night clubs all over the city.

4. Jahaan teri yeh nazar hai (Kaalia) R D Burman
For reasons that seem a little mysterious to us, this one gets everyone springing to their feet. It is a bouncy song, has a cheeky quality but why is it so danceable? Perhaps it's just Pancham madness. But since this is a list based on evidence, I am putting it in here.

5. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, aaja, aaja, aaja (Disco Dancer) Bappi Lahiri
This is one of those songs that we now love with an ironic appreciation born of our self-confidence as one of the world's largest markets. The club classes would not have danced to it when it came out but we now have learned to love Mithun Chakraborty. The good thing is you can do anything you want and look as silly as you want and everyone will think you're running a spoof.

6. Dhoom machale (Dhoom)Pritam
This one has the energy of an untried product. The ‘once more you people' stuff leaves me cold but then it seems to have worked for almost everyone else.

7. Mera naam Chin Chin Choo (Howrah Bridge) OP Nayyar
This was the number that made Helen, Helen. It is perky sweet and danceable in the extreme. Observe the young lovelies when the line, Aladdin ki main hoon ladki plays. Something odd goes on.

8. Eena Meena Deeka (Asha) (not the Sheesha ho ya dil ho one but the 1957 one) C Ramchandra
There's such an irresistible rhythm to this one that you can't help laughing and dancing and asking everyone what on earth ‘dhaay damenica' means? Two and a half Domenicas?

9. Choli ke peeche kya hai? (Khal-Nayak) Laxmikant-Pyarelal
LP were the masters of percussion. And this one is in memory of Madhuri Dixit, who was one of the few dancers who could pull of something so lewd (lahenga uthaake chaloon, ghoonghat giraake chaloon.. please!) and make it so sexy.

10. Eh raatein, nayee puraani (Julie) Rajesh Roshan
Because there should be one slowdancing number in here. Because you should blow into your date's hair as Vikram does to Julie in the film. If she doesn't object, you got lucky. Know where to head.

First Published: Sep 04, 2007 15:19 IST

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