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‘Dum Dum’ from Phillauri: Anushka looks great, but why isn’t Diljit Dosanjh singing for himself?

When the trailer for Anushka Sharma’s production Phillauri  released, apart from a strong buzz about the supernatural elements in the film, it also showcased Punjab in all its glory. Diljit Dosanjh plays Sharma’s long lost lover, and a singer who vows to prove himself before marrying Anushka’s character.

The first song from the film has now released, called ‘Dum Dum’ and it has a strong Punjab influence, replete with local stringed instruments, a vernacular flavour and thick vocals.

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It shows us how Dosanjh’s character uses his mellifluous voice to gain Anushka and the villagers’ attention, and we are also shown how the two fall in love.

The song is filled with slo-mo shots of the Punjab landscape, of both Anushka and Diljit’s characters and of the world they inhabit as the song slowly plays out.

However, while watching the video song, there was this nagging issue we had that refused to die down. Everybody knows Diljit Dosanjh is a singer, and popular one at that. He specialises in Punjabi music, and even started his career with it.

Why, then, was he not chosen to sing this song?

It is possible that as the male lead in the film, he may not have had time to record music as well, but this makes a larger case about authenticity in Hindi films. For a lot of us who have heard Dosanjh’s music, adding his voice to this number would have lent a far more personal touch.

Hrithik, Govinda are great dancers, says Madhuri Dixit

Mumbai: Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene, known for her graceful dance moves, says primarily she is a stage dancer but has a bit of street dancing in her as well.

“I have stage (dancing) in me, because I learned Kathak which is a stage thing, but there is a bit of street (dancing) in me also, because when you do Bollywood dancing it is an amalgamation of all styles,” Madhuri said, when asked which form of dance she preferred — stage dancing or street dancing.

She was present at the unveiling of the Indian version of popular show So You Think You Can Dance, where she is one of the judges along with choreographers Terence Lewis and Bosco Martis of Bosco-Caeser.

Madhuri is known for her dancing skills and for being capable of carrying off a mujra like Maar Dala as well as dance numbers like Ek Do Teen at the same time.

Madhuri Dixit

So You Think You Can Dance will see a battle between the two forms of dance — stage dancing, usually narrating a story and performed by trained artistes, and street dancing being slightly more non-professional and which happens on the streets and nightclubs.

About her favourite dancers from the two forms, she said: “On stage, there are so many, there are classical dancers like Birju Maharaj. I think Terence Lewis is a wonderful stage dancer. Bosco is a fabulous street dancer. Govinda is a fantastic street dancer, Hrithik (Roshan) is a lovely stage dancer and can do any kind of dance.”

Madhuri had previously judged four seasons on dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

On the difference between the shows, she said: “In Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, it was all celebrities and had a different journey since many of them had not learned dancing, and had a journey from a non-dancer to a dancer.

“But here, it’s the common man. It gave me a good feeling that I could connect with the common man, and interact with them. They are passionate dancers who have made numerous sacrifices, where families haven’t supported them, they’re all alone, but have tremendous passion for dance and don’t want to leave dance.