Ajay Devgn's songs from the '90s on Throwback Thursday: How many do you know?
Ah! the '90s. That glorious time of oversized and out-of-place props in the backdrop of every Bollywood song, oddly choreographed routines, and questionable fashion choices on the part of our stars.
But some things only get better with age, and Ajay Devgn is certainly in that category.
With Shivaay releasing on Friday, 28 october, what better time to trace the evolution of Devgn, the star, than by going back to some of his popular songs from the '90s.
These songs had us 'trippin' down memory lane. So how many of these do you remember?
'Duniya Di Tha Tha Tha' from Platform
Don't remember this song? Well then, you must refresh your memory by playing it immediately! In it, Ajay fights crime, rescues damsels in distress, sets the grimy underbelly of the city in order — and dances while he does so! Don't miss the strange head bobbing step that he performs in perfect sync with the other dancers.
'Raah Main Unse' from Vijaypath
True love must conquer many things. In this song from Vijaypath, it has to conquer a gale force wind that whips about Tabu's hair and metres-long pallu. Ajay provides a masterclass in being coy — even though all the lovers have in the form of company is one grand piano and several fluttering white flags.
'Akeli Na Baazaar Jaaya Karo' from Major Saab
If you're looking for a 101 on 'How Not To Woo Your Prospective Ladylove', then gentlemen, this is it. From forcible PDA to bringing along a posse of the most irritating friends to assist in your lovelorn endeavours, this song from Major Saab has it all. There's also a moment at the very start where Ajay takes the adage 'sweep her off her feet' rather literally, by scooping an unwitting Sonali Bendre up for some paragliding. But those are minor quibbles. Sonali gets pawed, mauled, pushed around and undressed, all in the name of love — but we're going to hold off on lectures about the implied patriarchy, consent issues etc for now.
'Premi Aashiq Awara' from Phool Aur Kaante
In this, Ajay stalks and mauls — sorry, we mean 'woos' — Madhu, this time with a whole motorbike gang in tow. He also makes his bike dance. In other words, unmissable.
'Bad Boy' from Gundaraj
Colour coordinated back-up dancers, check. Nasal vocals courtesy Bali Bramhabatt and Alisha Chinoy, check. 'Inspired' music by Anu Malik, check. This old gem from Gundaraj has all the prerequisites of bad '90s Bollywood songs, and is much the better for it. Bonus: Ajay even shakes a leg!
'Yeh Nakhra Ladki Ka' from Suhaag
Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar are college buddies ruing the nakhras of their respective girlfriends (Nagma, Karisma Kapoor) in this song from Suhaag. Ajay does a thumka, and some bhangra moves in this number — but the piece de resistance is definitely Karisma's pink sunhat (to match her all-pink costume) which puts Ajay's Stetson in the shade.
'Kuku Kuru Kuku Kuru' from Jaan
Ajay sticks to his strong, silent, enigmatic avatar in this particular number, leaving Twinkle Khanna to do the swooning and pursuing. Our favourite moment: When he walks with his holster et al among gaily dressed back-up dancers. Oh also, when he's chopping up an especially stout tree. Because bodyguards double up as lumberjacks too.
'I Am 16, Going On 17' from Hulchul
Not to be confused with its classic namesake from The Sound of Music, this '16 Going On 17' has follow-up lyrics like 'Dil kyun na dhak, dhak kare..." and is picturised on a writhing Kajol seducing a willing Ajay Devgn. We're not going to spoil the song with too much commentary, just leave you to enjoy it.
'O Jaane Jaan' from Haqeeqat
Okay, we have to admit, this should be more on a list of Tabu's throwback songs, because Ajay doen't really have all that much to do in it. Still, for the sake of being comprehensive, take a look at this ditty. Ajay plays honeymooning husband to Tabu.
Our quest for quirkiest Ajay Devgn songs from the '90s also dredged up 'Aa Pappiya Jhapiya Pa Le Hum'. We must say though, Ajay is sort of cute in this one!
And for a truly peppy parting note, we leave you with this awesome number:
'Ruk Ruk Ruk' from Vijapath
With dancing beggars, it may not have passed today's standards of political correctness, but since we got away with such things back in the day...