Yes, even sexier than Hrithik flirting with Amisha Patel in Aap Mujhe Aache Lagne Lage. And I don’t usually find Garba’s sexy!
In my college, the biggest social event of the year was the Dilwale Garba hosted by the Indian Students’ Association. Needless to say, this was a school with a very very large desi population, in an area with a very large Gujurati population. Anyway, I never went (because I don’t like big social event things, where you have to dress up and interact with strangers, I like sitting with close friends in a dark movie theater) and neither did my two closest friends. Not because of the “big social event” thing, but because their families were from Hyderabad and Delhi original, and their reaction to the idea of a Garba was to kind of role their eyes and refer to it as a dance for children.
Now, maybe I just happened to know the most judgmental Hyderabadi and Delhi-ite in the world, but unfortunately their perspective has kind of flavored the way I look at Garbas ever since. It does seem very square dance like, right? You just move in a circle and hit each other’s sticks, it’s not exactly complicated or sexy or anything that would indicate “adult”.
Until I saw this! Oh, and for the people who are still getting into films, this whole song sequence is like “Gujurat Gujurat Gujurat”. Gujurat has a big thing with kite festivals, and the Garba dance with sticks is a big thing for them too. And I assume there is some meaning to the glass umbrella thing on Shahrukh’s motorcycle as well.
Kind of feels like they smooshed all the regional flavor into one song. “Zaalima” (which is still my favorite sounding song) was all miscellaneous Dubai sand dunes, and “Laila” was all dance bar. And dance bars are actually specific to Bombay in my understanding, so it is kind of regional, but the wrong region. And now we have the first song to be all GUJURAT GUJURAT GUJURAT.
One final note, I saw something (maybe on SRK’s twitter?) where it was claimed that this was Shahrukh’s first Garba dance. No! That is not correct! Everyone else may have forgotten it, but way way way at the end of “Mahi Ve”, there is a little touch of Garba, a nod toward’s the Gujurati side of the wedding celebration after the big Bhangra number for the Punjabi side.