|Directed by||Babbar Subhash|
|Produced by||Babbar Subhash
Tilotima Babbar Subhash
|Written by||Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza
Balraj Deepak Vij
|Music by||Bappi Lahiri|
|Editing by||Mangesh Chavan
|Studio||B. Subhash Movie Unit|
|Release dates||10 December 1982|
|Running time||135 minutes|
Disco Dancer is a 1982 Indian Hindi feature film film directed by Babbar Subhash, starring Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role and Rajesh Khanna in a special appearance. The film tells the rags-to-riches story of a young street performer. It is especially known for its filmi disco songs composed by Bappi Lahari, including "I am a Disco Dancer", "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja", and "Yaad Aa Raha Hai".
The film was a worldwide success, with its popularity extending across Southern and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Turkey and Soviet Union. It was one of the most successful Indian films in the Soviet Union, drawing an audience of 40 to 63 million viewers there. The film established Mithun as a household name in Southern Asia as well as the Soviet Union. In China, the film's soundtrack was a success and received a Gold Award there.
Anil (Mithun Chakraborty), a street performer and wedding singer, is scarred by the memory of the rich P.N. Oberoi (Om Shivpuri) beating his mother (Gita Siddharth) in an incident during his childhood. When David Brown, the manager (Om Puri) of current Indian disco champion Sam (Karan Razdan) is fed up and looks for some new talent, he happens across Anil who is dance-walking down a street. Rebranded as Jimmy, the rising disco star must take the throne from Sam and win the heart of Rita (Kim Yashpal), P.N. Oberoi's daughter. All seems to be going well until Oberoi hires men to connect Jimmy's electric guitar to 5,000 volts of electricity, causing Jimmy's mother to die in a tragic accident. With his legs broken by Oberoi's goons and guitar phobia from the incident with his mother, Jimmy must claim first place for Team India at the International Disco Dancing Competition amidst strong competition from Team Africa and Team Paris.
- Mithun Chakraborty as Anil / Jimmy
- Kim Yashpal as Rita Oberoi
- Rajesh Khanna as Master Raju
- Om Puri as David Brown
- Om Shivpuri as P.N. Oberoi
- Gita Siddharth as Radha
- Karan Razdan as Sam
- Kalpana Iyer as Nikki Brown
- "Don't you know the difference between green room and bedroom?" – David Brown, Sam's manager, later Jimmy's manager
- "He's got guitar phobia. A guitar killed his mother." – P.N. Oberoi
- "Thirty six managers like you would appear upon just one of Sam's dance movements, but a star like Sam is born only once every two or four centuries." – Sam Oberoi to manager David Brown
- "Sam is the heartbeat of millions of girls. Now get out!" – Sam Oberoi
- "Mr. Oberoi, this is the man. The bastard's killed seven people in London. And there was a very famous singer... I don't know his name, but he murdered him too. The bastard's a top class criminal." – Vasco, to P.N. Oberoi
- "These are the tears of a popular famous artist." – Jimmy
- "Come, sing, and conquer!" – David Brown
- "Mother, I have my music. I will sharpen this music like a sword and stab the city's heart with it." – Jimmy
- "Oh! It is the most wonderful birthday, any young girl can dream of!" – Nikki Brown
- "Agar Tu Aaj Nahi Gaayega To Teri Maa Hamesha Hamesha Ke Liye Mar Jayegi" – Rajesh Khanna
- "Kaal ke liye intezaar karna shikho, kaal parsu nahin aayega, kaal hi aayega." – Rita (Kim Yashpal) to Anil (Mithun)
The music for the movie was directed by Bappi Lahiri. The tracks on the 1982 soundtrack album are as follows:
- Goron Ki Na Kaalon Ki: Suresh Wadkar & Usha Mangeshkar
- Auva Auva – Koi Yahaan Nache: Usha Uthup & Bappi Lahiri
- Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke: Kishore Kumar
- Krishna Dharti Pe Aaja Tu: Nandu Bhende
- I Am a Disco Dancer: Vijay Benedict
- Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja: Parvati Khan
- Yaad Aa Raha Hai: Bappi Lahiri
The song "Auva Auva" was influenced by the 1979 English synthpop hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy aaja" was influenced by the 1980 French Euro disco song "T'es OK" by Ottawan.
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The song "Yaad Aa Raha Hai" has been described as a synthesized, minimalist, high-tempo, electronic disco song. Geeta Dayal described it as a "disco anthem for the ages, and one of the best songs Lahiri ever did." It has been cited as a possible influence on the 1982 prototypical acid house album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat by Charanjit Singh.
The British Sri Lankan alternative musician M.I.A. re-recorded "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" as "Jimmy" in 2007 for her album Kala. The music of this song was also used in the 2008 Adam Sandler movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan. There have also been cover versions of "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja" from other international musicians, including the Russian techno group Ruki Vverh's 1998 hit "Jimmy" as well as the Tibetan artist Kelsang Metok.
In 2010, the songs "I Am a Disco Dancer" and "Yaad Aa Raha Hai" were used in the 2010 Bollywood comedy film, Golmaal 3, directed by Rohit Shetty. The songs were relevant to the performance of Mithun Chakraborty's character Pritam, who reflected on his past as a young mega hit disco dancer. The song was also the inspiration to Devo's 1988 single "Disco Dancer".
Mr Baimurat Allaberiev from Uzbekistan became an internet sensation by singing 'Goron Ki Na Kalon Ki' and 'Jimmy Aaja' in a warehouse. The 2008 video recorded on a mobile phone got over 1 million views on YouTube. He has landed an acting role in a Russian comedy film, Six Degrees of Celebration (2010).
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- "Mithun's disco dancing once again!". The Times of India. November 3, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
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