The mujrewali adaa!
If lavani is making waves, could the once-upon-a-time heroine's favourite song-n-dance routine be far behind?
The mujra's back. Pulled out from the backburners of the eighties, the old-world dance form is suddenly finding a place in the Hindi ultra commercial flicks. Actor Kareena Kapoor in 'Agent Vinod', and item girl Malaika Arora Khan in 'Housefull 2' are now taking over the genre from where actor Rekha had left it in the eighties.
Says Malaika Arora-Khan, who's done a funky mujra track, Anarkali disco chali in 'Housefull 2', says, "Mujras or quawalis have an old world classic charm. It's hard to touch classics like the one that Rekha made famous with Umrao Jaan. But if it has to work today, it needs to be given a facelift. I had great fun doing this style of dance."
Talking about the role that the mujra plays in a film, industry experts say that it adds to a heroine's career chart. "We have seen many B-town beauties sizzle the screen with their sensuous performances on mujra. And though very popular in form, is different from other item numbers. It does not just rely on glamour, but a certain adaa (gesture) and expressions that's both graceful and seductive. Very few actors could pull it off, like say Rekha in 'Umrao Jaan' and 'Muqaddar Ka Sikander', Rani Mukerji in 'Mangal Pandey', and of course, Madhuri Dixit's stunning performance in the 'Maar daala' song in 'Devdas'," says a filmmaker, adding that giving a funky twist to the old dance form is an innovative to make it blend in today's time.
Kareena, who has attempted the dance form for the song 'Dil mera' in 'Agent Vinod', says that it was curiousity that made her take on the challenge. "The mujra doesn't fit into a film today as it used to film of the 70's or 80's. But the mujra track was a vital part of the film's script hence I was game to try my hand at something that I have always seen Rekhaji do in 'Umrao Jaan'," said Kareena.
"It has its own charm. We wanted to explore the mujra form by making it more funky without taking anything away from the style," she added.
Source: Prachi Kadam, DNA-Daily News & Analysis
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