Your showtune for November 7 is

“Shakalaka Baby” – Bombay Dreams

Music: A.R. Rahman   Lyrics: Don Black

This insane fusion of dance and song was first heard in the Indian Tamil-language film Mudhalvan, released on this day in 1999, reused in Nayak, a remake of the previous film in the Hindi language, and then added to this musical about a boy from the Bombay slums who dreams of being a Bollywood star.  Bombay was renamed Mumbai in 1995, a plot point in the show which confronts the complex issue of how this affects identity as well as the price of fame, forbidden love, and family obligations.

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