Fred Astaire Versus Shahrukh Khan, Song Sequences

Ready for a silly SILLY post? It occurred to me that Shahrukh and Fred Astaire have many of the same situations in their song sequences. And then it occurred to me that we could compare and contrast!

Searching Song:

“Just Like Looking for a Needle in a Haystack”

“Gumshuda”

Sex on the Dance Floor:

“Night and Day”

“Gazebo Scene”

End of romance song

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

“Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”

One last reunion with your onscreen partner

“You’d Be Hard to Replace”

“Janam Janam”

Surprisingly good chemistry much younger heroine in Europe

“He Loves and She Loves”

“Radha”

Realizing you are in love with your last minute replacement dance partner

“It Only Happens When I Dance With You”

“Dholna”

Joyfully dancing through London

“I’m Dancing and a Can’t Be Bothered Now”

“Challa”

Odd late in career mentorship role

“Look Look to the Rainbow”

“Love You Zindagi”

And of course, Making Fun of Their Own Persona

“Dard-E-Disco”

“Top Hat White Tie and Tails”

Okay, my picks!!!!

“Needle in a Haystack”

“Night and Day”

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

“Janam Janam”

“Radha”

“It Only Happens When I Dance With You”

“I’m Dancing and a Can’t Be Bothered Now”

“Love You Zindagi”

“Dard-E-Disco”

Look at that! It’s Fred by just a HAIR!!!! And I was really torn up about “Night and Day” versus “Gazebo”, if I could have made it a tie, I would have.

Your choices?

7 thoughts on “Fred Astaire Versus Shahrukh Khan, Song Sequences

  1. I think it is interesting how both men are hugely successful without having typical movie star looks. In the searching song I was also interested in how SRK’s search involved everyone, a community search. Perhaps it would be harder to hide out in a penthouse in India. Anyway I would choose: Gumshuda (SRK 1)

    For sex in a song I felt you choose wrong (although perhaps you chose correctly for sex on a “dance floor”) I would choose: Morey Piya. (Also I thought Ginger looked like she wanted to have sex with herself) (SRK 2)

    Definitely You Can’t Take That Away From Me for end of Romance (Astaire 1)

    While Hard to Replace ends with a fantastic kiss, Janum Janum triumphs as a whole, except your clip cuts off the true video midway through. (SRK 3)

    I hate Funny Face. Despise the movie, despise the pairing, despise the message, except I do like the pink song. Radha all the way. (SRK 4)

    Realizing you are in love… That pairing is so unfair. You can’t even see Astaire’s face through the whole song, and the SRK song is the standard love in the mountains you get in almost every Indian movie. I vote neither, and instead offer up Emma. 2020

    Joyfully Dancing through London, Astaire takes it! (Astaire 2)

    Mentorship, I’m gonna give that to Look to the Rainbow because the father daughter pairing was so sweet. (Astaire 3)

    And finally, for the tie or win… of course I’m gonna give making fun of one’s self to Dard-E-Disco Is it really a surprise that I would end up with Shah Rukh Khan winning?

    I really enjoyed watching all the videos and thinking about the similarities between the stars. Thanks for the post.

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    • Thank you for your deep deep consideration!!!

      I think both men have a similar feel onscreen. SRK is sexier, but both of them are just fun and charming to watch, and funny, and have great timing, and all of that. So who cares about looks?

      I will accept all your choices, but I firmly FIRMLY agree with the dancing through London one! Shahrukh looks like he is trying too hard to be joyful, Fred just IS joyful.

      On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:34 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Here goes.

    1. Gumshuda. The butler bit in Needle is tops but…he doesn’t do much searching, and SRK gets points for finding his girl at the end (not to mention multiple big production numbers).
    2. Gazebo scene. Night and Day was my wedding dance song (though obviously we didn’t dance like THAT) and it’s a beautiful duet, but Fred just doesn’t scream sexy to me, where the gazebo scene is all barely suppressed sexy sex.
    3. They Can’t Take That Away from Me. Another of my favorite songs, and clearly a better way to leave things than gazing endlessly into the middle distance.
    4. Janam Janam. The song itself is better, and the bittersweet of a last reunion comes through. Fred is all sweet, no bitter.
    5. Close one. Giving it to He Loves and She Loves, for being more surprising. They walk on water! Love Radha though.
    6. Dholna. Aw, they’re having so much fun together. It Only Happens is deeper but it’s all Judy.
    7. I’m Dancing. Joyful dancing clearly goes to Fred, no contest.
    8. Not sure which direction to go here, they’re both nice specimens. I don’t have context for Rainbow. I’ll give it to Dear Zindagi for mentorship.
    .9.Another ttough one.Two all out performances, different kinds of greatness. Giving it to Fred for actually shooting down a wwhole line of Fred avatars, plus the ddancing

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    • The “I’m Dancing” song so far has been the clear universal winner!!!! Which makes sense, both because “I’m Dancing and I Can’t Be Bothered Now” is the essential Fred message, and because SRK is just a little too old and slow for Challa.

      On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:20 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. One last question: so many “late career” and “last” in your categories. Are you giving up on seeing Shah Rukh onscreen for many more years?

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    • Hmm, interesting thought! I think it is more that Fred’s career was ending at about the age where SRK is now. So if I am comparing with Fred, then Barkleys-Dilwale becomes the last reunion, and so on.

      On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:27 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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