Saturday, 29 November 2014

Strictly Come Bollywood Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing, BBC 1's Saturday night family show, is going round the world this week. The couples are dancing to music which reference different countries including Austria, America and Amsterdam. The pro dance is to be a big Bollywood number in collaboration with Bolly Flex. Two of the pros, Janette Manrara and Iveta Lukosiute have danced Bollywood before when they were contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. 

I'm curious as to what music will be used for the Bollywood number. Hopefully the BBC has learnt from Carmen and will stay away from old cliches like Jai Ho and Panjabi Mc's Mundiya To Bach Ke. Representing Bollywood on prime time television is a huge privilege and a good track could make all the difference.

No Bollywood songs, or music with a Desi touch are being used for the main couple dances. But if Trent, Pasha, Brendan or any other Strictly pros want to do a Latin or Ballroom routine to some South Asian music, here are some of my suggestions.

Om Shanti Om - Main Agar Kahoon

Bollywood composers rarely use time signatures with three beats in a bar. Main Agar Kahoon from the film Om Shanti Om is an exeption. It's fast pace and romantic lyrics make it perfect for a Viennese Waltz. 

Chori Chori Sapno Mein - Chal Meri Bhai

This song from the early naughties classic Chal Meri Bhai was a typical escapist romantic number. I think this would make a very cute cha cha.

Bina Mistry - Hot Hot Hot

Mark Ramprakash's salsa was one of my favourite salsas on Strictly. He danced to The Merrymen's Feeling Hot Hot Hot. Believe it or not a Hindi version exists, which was used at the end of Bend it Like Beckham.

Shabd - Sholon Si

The film Shabd didn't do very well at the box office, despite starring Ashwariya Rai. The soundtrack wasn't anything special, but Sholon Si stood out. It's a full on party dance, which makes it perfect for a samba.

Barfi- Aashiyan

There's alot going on in this song. It changes pace and feel several times. It's romantic, cute and sweet. I think it would make an excellent American Smooth or even a show dance.

What other Desi songs should be played on the ballroom floor?

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