This is the fourth post in the Flashback SRK series.
90s was a turning point for musicals in Bollywood, and Dil Toh Pagal Hai is proof of that fact. DTPH changed the musical game in the industry by introducing song and dance sequences which were in no way like the olden traditional mujra sequences, and did not even resemble the cheesy romantic sequences which had existed in Bollywood until then.
Yeah Chopra did something unbelievable when he came out with DTPH. He unleashed a trend from the dancing world that the Indian audience has previously never heard of- Jazz. You could almost here the aunties in the local gasp with horror when they saw their dear Madurai Dixit dance to the tunes of Le Gayi Le Gayi in a crop top and leather pants. Of course, the transition from Dhak Dhak Karne Laga to the uber modern Arre Arre Yeh Kya Hua was expected to shock a few of the soft hearted souls in the Indian audience, but the overall reception was fairly accepting.
The trend soon caught on, and every party in town was playing songs from DTPH. The choreography, done by Shiamak Dawar, was nothing short of a revolution. By picking up styles from street and funk jazz, Zumba and aerobics, he changed the way Indians looked at western dance. It turned out that there was a whole world of dancing out there that went beyond classical, semi classical, item dancing, and whatever it is that Sunny Drop does. People began flocking to Shiamak’s Jazz classes, and he soon became a sensation.
But mostly, what worked for DTPH was the stage presence that SRK, Madhuri Dixit, and Karishma Kapoor displayed throughout the movie. Even though Madhuri was the only proclaimed dancer out of the three leads (Although Chaiyan Chaiyan is proof of SRK’s talents to some extent), all the three actors held their own on the stage. They made the audience fall in love with them, and more importantly, their new rebellious moves.
DTPH caused a ripple in Bollywood at a time when it was most needed, and we are eternally grateful to Yash Chopra for it! So go back home today, take out your laptop and watch this insanely enjoyable movie. I can guarantee that you will start your day tomorrow with a bounce in you step, whistling the special melody that won a million hearts!
My rating- 4/5.