Songs are ubiquitous and special in Bollywood. Some people refer to Indian films mistakenly as musicals. That's only because a word hasn't been invented yet to do adequate justice to the unique Bollywood jonar.
Bollywood also has a tradition of songs that rise above being just music and words. Why Megan's link to Akki's delirious bath song from Suhaag is still used by me to motivate the kids when they complain that baths are boring. And who can forget Salman's gorgeous blouses in Aisa Pehli Baar from Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega that sparked a new fashion trend. And thanks to YouTube, these can be enjoyed endlessly.
Fortunately for us, Kanan has a terabyte memory and intense detective skills. She's dug up a treasure trove of lesser known funky dance delights for us.
Husn Ka Rang Lagaa (Johny Mera Naam, 1970)
A delicious looking Padma Khanna with tremendously ink-lined eyebrows tries to mock-seduce Premnath. Padma executes dizzying and loopy moves and at one point tries to mount a rifle. Premnath responds by starting a game of kho-kho. Will Premnath's precariously perched wig fall off before the song is over?
Jaan Pehechaan Lo (Gumnaam, 1965)
Who is that masked woman? Wait, its Laxmi Chhaya channeling zombies and elevating surf music to a completely different level. Great chance to observe Mohammad Rafi poised to become the second greatest singer of his generation.
Jogi O Jogi (Lakhon Mein Ek, 1971)
He's nimble, he's stylish, he's super romantic. He's Mehmood?
Dekho Ab To (Jaanwar, 1965)
Shankar-Jaikishen and Shammi Kapoor pay tribute to the Beatles in a very Bollywood like fashion - by entirely lifting I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Shammi in a wig and waiter's jacket channels Ringo Star. But stay to check out who's playing John Lennon among the four imposters.
Jawaane Jaane Man (Namak Halaal, 1982)
Shashi Kapoor receives a death threat and turns around to find Parveen Babi in a gold outfit dancing around a thorny rotating disco ball (clearly a brilliant cinematic metaphor). Bappi unleashes some major disco beats. Amitabh sensing something amiss stays close to Shashi (he's Namak Halaal, get it?) but clearly the only thing in danger here is Parveen's ass which comes dangerously close to that rotating ball.
Zindagi Mein Pyaar Karna (Phool Aur Patthar, 1966)
Shashikala in a blond wig and shimmery mauve dress sings a nonsense rhyme and tries to prove that someone trained in Hindustani nritya can dance anything. Madan Puri and Iftikhar - looking evil and dashing - judge from the sidelines. Does Asha succeed? I'll let you be the judge, but stay till the end to watch Garam Dharam show up and disguise himself by holding up his collar.
Note: Concept, links, everything except text is all Kanan's