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Basic Trope: A song/dance number in a Bollywood film that serves to titillate the audience.

  • Straight: Anjali and a bunch of Chorus Girls do a dance number.
  • Exaggerated: The number is a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment; Anjali isn't even a main character. (and is never seen or mentioned again after this number)
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Anjali is a performer in a Show Within a Show and actually serves a purpose in the film (besides looking pretty).
  • Inverted: Anjali sings a song that is relevant to the plot (such as an "I Want" Song, a Villain Song, etc.) and is modestly dressed while doing so.
  • Subverted: Anjali sings a beautiful "I Want" Song that is relevant to the plot.
  • Double Subverted: But the song involves a Wet Sari Scene, suggestive lyrics, or some other form of Fanservice.
  • Parodied: Anjali's performance is not only a BLAM, but resembles something you might see in a Western strip club.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No songs or dances are performed for the purpose of titillation, and all are relevant to the story.
  • Enforced: "We need to promote our film and make people want to watch it."
  • Lampshaded: Anjali sings about being an "Item Girl" and how it has made her rich and famous and gained her lots of fanboys
  • Invoked: Anjali performs in a Show Within a Show.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Anjali doesn't want to make a spectacle of herself.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "How was that relevant?"
  • Played For Laughs: Anjali is Hollywood Homely and provides Fan Disservice.
  • Played For Drama: Anjali is a victim of Go-Go Enslavement.

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