This particular song in the movie super 30 has left me mesmerized. I can’t stop raving about it. It is sheer masterpiece in terms of the writing. There are so many highs in this song for me that it just raises my spirits.
First and foremost is the use of the iconic dialogue “Basanti, inn kutto ke saamne mat nachna!” Well, to the common man, Basanti is the tangewaali from the movie sholay. But who is Basanti here? In this song, Basanti stands for the low class, shabbily dressed, hindi speaking, poor students who feel that they are inferior to their well dressed, well groomed, English speaking counterparts. But in a larger perspective it includes all those individuals who are different from others and who are looked down upon because they dare to be different. And who are the dogs? It’s the society. The so called society, who has set some norms, rules, and guidelines which are binding to every one. So, in plain simple English, Basanti no dance in front of these dogs inspires us to not confirm to unnecessary, irrelevant and pseudo rules of the society. This metaphor is the work of a genius. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, you are a genius!
Another high point is the tune no no no no no. It is really moving to see Basanti transform all the negatives thrown at her into positives. So the crowd chanting no no no, becomes the tune of her song, to which she decides to dance. It’s heartwarming to see how she uses that to her benefit. Such a brilliant way of teaching us that we decide what hurts us.
One more thing which I feel is the masterstroke of this song is the use of half Hindi, half English words. One particular line in the song goes, ” Teri English, Meri English, sabki English Hindi hai” I feel nothing could have conveyed this better that knowing a popular language which is spoken across different continents is good, it gives an upper edge but that doesn’t mean that other languages are any less or inferior. It’s important to be able to communicate and express, whatever language you are comfortable with.
In short, basanti no dance in front of these dogs simply means don’t succumb to societal pressures. Be the basanti of your life, dance to your own tunes and don’t care about the dogs, they are born to bark!!