Thanks to Amitji, I just learned this is “World Theater Day”. Which seems like as good an excuse as any to do a light songs post. So, let’s look at movie songs that take place within a theater!
Here’s a fun one! Which plays with the idea of who is the audience and who are the performers.
I just put up the big finale show from Aaja Nachle, so now I am going to put up my favorite song, the rehearsal song.
Speaking of Madhuri and shows (no, I am not going to do Dil To Pagal Hai), remember when she was a doctor who had to help raise money for the hospital through the charity show?
All of these so far have been actual stage shows, but street theater has a long history in India as well, often used to give public service messages, like about the importance of using condoms when doing sex work in order to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Or sometimes just street theater to get coins from passers by, like young hot Akshay Kumar.
Or, to go the other way with the dancer giving money to the audience, sometimes you are trying to do a classy theater show, and a crazed mechanic shows up to demand payment for the car repairs you walked out on the night before.
Or sometimes you call a crazed truck driver who is in love you on to the stage to participate in the convent school performance.
Or sometimes you go to your daughter’s school performance only to realize that your male nanny, who helped direct the show, was obviously the boy who saved your life in college and put your whole story into the children’s performances!
I could go on and on (and on!) but I don’t know if I can top “Ek Thi Ladki”, at least in the cuteness quotient. But feel free to suggest other “theater” songs in the comments!