None of this are super super exciting, but they fill out the day, so why not talk about them? Also, I want to vent about the Fanney Khan song.
Everyone seems to have fallen pray to what I will call the “2.0 syndrome” with the new Aish song “Mohabbat”. Like 2.0 hiring an incompetent American CGI company just because they were American, and ending up ruining their movie, for Aish’s song in Fanney Khan, they hired Frank Gatson Jr., an American choreographer who did “Single Ladies” and stuff with Madonna and whatever.
He clearly did not get the possibilities available within Indian film. Or within Aish’s dancing abilities. Nor did he care to really break a sweat in coming up with something original. And yet, because he is “American”, I am seeing all these gaga articles about this extremely dull and bland number. Here it is:
So, Aish walks out, and shakes her hips? Does maybe 3 dance moves over and over again not very well? And the camera just sits there and films her and her back-up dancers? The only mildly interesting decision is to show the silhouette of the crowd in front, something which was done better by “Ek Do Teen” 30 years ago.
Indian film has sooooooooooooooo many concert song numbers, and they are all way way better than this. Choreographers use dozens of back dancers, crazy costumes, wild edits, wild camera angles, and actual star power (like, letting us see the faces). Instead of this high school talent show nonsense. Let’s look at “Ek Do Teen”, another dance number introducing our female superstar heroine. It has a simple hook step, but mixes in so much more dancing, a stage shaped like a guitar, dozens of back-up dancers, and at least 8 costume changes. Not to mention the camera going through the crowd, close up, and overhead. Oh, and the lead dancer and the chorus actually feeling like they rehearsed the steps and know how to do them instead of kind of shaking their hips out of synch.
How about the last time Aish played a music superstar? When they mixed together rehearsal, recording, and the final performance into a seamless epic that conveyed the whole feel of the life of a musician? Oh and, even if you just limited it to the performance, the costumes and choreographer were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than what we saw here!
You wanna see what he was really going for? With the footsteps opening and chorus coming in to support the lead? This! This is it, this is everything in that throw away video, but done 1,000 times better. The camera actually moves, the opening is actually powerful, the dance moves are difficult and original instead of just random hip tosses. Oh, and the song is better too! But Shiamak Davar is desi and works with a Bombay based dance team, so obviously you can’t hire him for your big dance number, it’s better to hire some American guy with a big name and no interest in your film or concept of what is possible within it.
For contrast, something I actually like! Let’s look at the “Tera Fitoor” song from Genius! The movie from Anil Sharma (Gadar, Veer) made to launch his son Utkarsh. We all know Utkarsh already, he was the painfully adorable little boy in Gadar. But now he is all grown up and still adorable!
I was all set to hate this movie as yet another star launch film. But this song is kind of good! Right? Utkarsh is sweet, the heroine has an interesting look to her, the song is great, and the visuals are interesting, fun little dance moves and cute touches and stuff. Looks like a nice little silly college romance film, perfect to launch a nice little young star.
And finally, the love song from Satyameva Jayate. Which brings up so many questions. Can even John Abraham pull off white pants? What happened to the puppy? What kind of modern children are amused by sort of lame shadow puppets? Is there anything more charming than John Abraham’s smile? Do I like Aisha Sharma’s face or not?