Despite opening with Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in beautiful wedding clothes, the lyrics start over playing over wiggling asses. But then a man is revealed to be the singer! Hilarious! He walks down the dance floor, women on either side, putting to their hips. Some older women start dancing, but don’t worry, Kapoor quickly becomes the focus. She is having fun, dancing with her friends at a wedding, but Khan watches, appreciating her moves.

Of course subtext becomes text as Khan slaps her ass and sings “All the boys go crazy when I shake my tooh.” On the plus side, nearly everyone is dancing now, not just the pretty young women, but older women, and men, too. “Everybody does it, and you can do it, too” — everyone should join in.

This song has an appeal similar to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The song is not coy about the subject: it’s about butts. And everyone should shake those butts. Especially pretty young women. There’s also something strangely wholesome about an item song set at a wedding.

As the song comes to its end, Khan tries to kiss Kapoor. She pushes him away and storms off. The message is clear: she had been dancing, you can enjoy watching her dance, but unwanted advances are unwanted and no means no. We can celebrate the body and should still respect the person.

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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