Laxmikant Pyarelal's "Bol Baby Bol" from Meri Jung, 1985
It's hard to narrow down what I like most about this, other than that when the cars bearing giant letters spelling ROCK N ROLL drove up I yelled out "Oh my god!" and clamped my hand over my mouth in disbelief. Top contenders:
- (and this one really does deserve first place) That's Javed Jaffrey! Look at him go! Takin' the chance to make us dance!
- The many dance styles proposed...and did he include "tequila"?
- It starts out in darkness. So suspenseful for those eight magical anticipatory beats!
- The crowd is so chipper and participatory.
- Somehow the opening segment reminds me of Happy Days - a lot of the dance moves say "sock hop" to me, and now that I think about it, please, please let there be a Bollywood sockhop picturization out there somewhere.
- The bass line of this song just does not quit! And the brass! Zowee!
- Slow-motion handsprings on a totally deserted Bombay street.
- In the last segment, the costuming just goes bananas. He has a Thriller-era Michael Jackson-ish jacket and glove coupled with...I'm sorry, are those knickers? and she's wearing sparkle hoedown gear, while the band looks like they should accompany Desi Arnaz, the female backup dancers sport cowboy hats and legwarmers, and the male backup dancers look sort of like 20s gangsters with the suggestion of fedoras, tuxes, and spats - all while breakdancing, mind you. Yet somehow none of these really communicates "rock and roll," but who cares, because it's all so fantastically loony and cheerful.