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Bollywood Movie Dance Remixes are series of parody videos which dub pop music, mainly anime theme songs, over the dance scenes taken from Indian, or Bollywood films. The sharpness of Indian movie dancing has been a popular visual resource for parody videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since 2007.
Along with dawn of the online video-sharing era in mid-2000s, Indian films became to reach a wider audience via YouTube and other video hub sites. In particular, their characteristic large scale dance scenes have inspired viewers to create mashups and parodies.
These factors lead NND users to utilize those dances for audio-dubbing parodies. One of the earliest instances in this trend is a video titled “Lucky MegaStar” which dubbed ”Motteke! Sailor Fuku”, the theme song from Japanese TV anime Lucky Star, over “Kodithe Kottali” from 2003 movie Tagore starring Indian “Megastar” Chiranjeevi. The original video was uploaded to YouTube on June 22nd, 2007, and soon uploaded to NND the following month.
Left: “Kodithe Kottali” | Right: “Lucky MegaStar”
Audio-dubbing is one of the most popular type of video parodies on Japanese video sharing services. ”A Million Ways” by OK Go, “I Wanna Love You Tender” by Danny Ja Armi and Crazy Frog Brothers are popular scenes used for this kind of parody videos. “Kodithe Kottali”, “Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.” from Chiranjeevi’s 2004 flim Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. and “Gola Gola” from 2006 Tegulu film Ashok starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr. (Jr. NTR) are also popular Indian dance video clips.
Left: “Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.” | Right: “Gola Gola”
On NND, dubbed videos utilizing these dances are usually tagged under wordplay phrases such as “Naan to Curry na Odori” (Japanese: ナンとカレーな踊り; lit. “What a wonderful dancing”) or “Naan ni demo Au” (ナンにでも合う; lit. “This goes well with everything”).
In the summer of 2014, a Telugu movie titled Baadshah starring Jr. NTR was shown in Japanese theaters. In its promotional campaign the distributor highlighted the online popularity of his dance in parody videos, and described him as “Shingeki no Indo-jin” (進撃のインド人). It was inspired by the Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin opening parody video which had earned over 1.5 million pageviews on YouTube until that summer.
Left: Humanity Has Declined OP Parody | Right: Steins;Gate OP Parody
Left: Attack on Titan OP Parody | Right: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OP Parody
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