Madhuri Dixit on the dance floor, swaying to a Kathak beat in flaming orange as a group of chorus dancers in bright green costumes join in. This should have been the ultimate classical experience from Madhuri Dixit in the eagerly awaited Kalank we’ve all been waiting for.
Tragically the song and dance released on Tuesday afternoon, is much ado about nothing. And not a patch on what Saroj Khan did with Madhuri in the 'Maar daala' number in Bhansali’s Devdas her last memorable dance before she had quit.
It isn’t Madhuri’s fault. The grace is in place. It is the atrocious composition by Pritam Chakraborty that does the purported treat in.
The aesthetics are pleasant enough. The colours orange and green with a tasteful Moghul décor representing a kotha is pleasing to the eye. But Pritam’s idea of a Mujra song just ruins it all.
Has Pritam followed the great tradition of Mujra songs in our films, from Ghulam Mohamed’s 'Thare Rahiyo' in Pakeezah and S D Burman’s 'Kaho jee tum kya kharidoge' in Bimal Roy’s Devdas to Khayyam’s 'Dil cheez kya hai' in Umrao Jaan and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s 'Sharafat chor dee maine' in Sharafat and R D Burman’s 'Main tawaif hoon mujra karungi' in R D Burman’s Mehbooba? Pritam should have sat himself down and savoured these classics before daring to step into the kingdom of the Fallen Woman.
As for the choreography, while the chorus dancers look around uncertainly Madhuri seems fully in command. Some experiences go beyond the mediocre circumstances they are put into. This, sadly is not one of them. Madhuri’s innate grace cannot survive the torrent of disgrace that is thrust on her presence.
Watch the song here: