Song post! Which may or may not get views, but will make me happy to put together.
Not in a lot of movies, but in a few movies there is a moment when the bad girl fully embraces her “bad” nature and we get a triumphal song sequence as she celebrates that. I LOVE those songs! They aren’t about her being sexualized for the male gaze, or trying to use her body to get something, they are entirely about her just being her and being happy. If anything, the people around her are trying to stop her from dancing and she is just keeping going.
Lajja has one of the most explicit of these, our “good girl in bad circumstances” heroine Manisha Koirala is feeling bad about herself, and our “bad girl who has accepted her identity as bad” Madhuri says she will cheer her up by showing her just how powerful being a woman can be. “Badi Mushkil”
Then there’s Tashan. Our “straight up bad girl and owning it” Kareena has just tricked and conned and run off with a suitcase of money, and celebrates the freedom of living outside of social rules. “Chaaliya”
Katrina, cheerfully being sexual and joyful and “bad”, despite her boyfriend trying to stop her. “Sheila Ki Jawani”
Alia in Student of the Year in a totally delightful song, when she gives up on being the perfect little girlfriend and embraces her anger and pride. “Radha”
One of my all time favorite heroine introduction songs, Tanisha in Neal ‘n Nikki singing about how she is a “bad girl”, but she still wants love. “Halla Re”
Another heroine who is introduced as already “bad”, Aish in Dhoom 2! We see her as a cat burglar, and then straight into doing a confident sexual dance at a bar.
Don’t like the movie, but I adore “Heer Badnam” from Zero. Such a great song of “this is who I am, this is my life, good and bad”.
And ending with Madhuri! Rajkumari, she chooses to put on enchanted bangles so she can do a sexy dance for/with the man she loves. No more saintly princess!
What are your favorite songs I forgot? Those moments when the heroine is just “I’m here, I’m bad, and that makes me happy”?