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Dancing on a Bus

A song sequence that frequently appears in Bollywood films. Inspired by his beautiful surroundings, or by a beautiful love interest, the character sings a rousing anthem to demonstrate either his patriotism or his love, while defying the laws of gravity.

The vehicle needn't be a bus; it could be on any vehicle. Trains are just as likely.


Examples:

  • A notable example is the "Chaiyya Chaiyya" opening song from Dil Se, where the characters dance on top of a moving train.
  • Makes an appearance in Salaam-E-Ishq, in the song "Dil Kya Kare".
  • Shows up in Veer-Zaara, when Veer sings "Aisa Des Hai Mera".
  • In the Hindi movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Surinder dances on top of a little yellow car while singing his signature song, Haule Haule. He also sings and dances on top of a bed.
  • Not a Bollywood film, but a variant of this does happen in Across the Universe
  • A non-Bollywood example: The film of the musical of the film Hairspray features a musical number sang and danced, in part, on a school bus.
  • "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis.
  • "Man on the Flying Trapeze" from It Happened One Night.
  • Star Spangled Rhythm has a cartoonish sequence in which Betty Hutton sings "I'm Doin' It For Defense" while struggling to stay on a jeep.
  • Austin Powers dances with Miss Kensington on a double-decker bus as Burt Bacharach plays the piano.
  • In At The Circus, Groucho sings "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" in a train car.
  • In A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles sing "I Should Have Known Better" in a baggage car on a train.
  • The music video for Björk's Big Time Sensuality films Bjork singing and dancing in the bed of a truck slowly driving in New York City.
  • In Bells Are Ringing, "Hello, Hello There" builds into a big dance number on a subway car.
  • The video for the Pussycat Dolls' "Wait a Minute" starts by doing this on a subway train.
  • For a video game example, the opening video to the original Rock Band had a generic band performing on top of a car - appropriately, to the song "Highway Star."
    • Rock Band 2 has two bands playing on top cars.
    • Lego Rock Band has the generic Lego band playing on top of a series of vehicles, including a plane.
  • The Diogenes Club story "Moon Moon Moon".
    'Jeperson: I didn’t say we’re going in a bus to a party, I said we’re going to a party in a bus.

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