Independent Films, Film Profiles
Disco Dancer is a 1982 Bollywood film directed by Babbar Subhash and starring Mithun Chakraborty. The film tells the rags-to-riches story of a young street performer. Today, the movie has become a cult classic in countries like Russia and Turkey and is especially known for its "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" song.In 1988, Devo produced a song called "Disco Dancer" inspired by the "I am a Disco Dancer" song from this film. In 2007, the Sri Lankan alternative musician M.I.A. re-recorded "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" as "Jimmy" for her album Kala. The music of this song was also used in the 2008 Adam Sandler movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan.Anil (Mithun Chakraborty), a street performer and wedding singer, is scarred by the memory of the rich P.N. Oberoi (Om Shivpuri) beating his mother (Gita Siddharth) in an incident during his childhood. When David Brown, the manager (Om Puri) of current Indian disco champion Sam (Karan Razdan) is fed up and looks for some new talent, he happens across Anil who is dance-walking down a street. Rebranded as "Jimmy", the rising disco star must take the throne from Sam and win the heart of Rita (Kim), P.N. Oberoi's daughter. All seems to be going well until Oberoi hires men to connect Jimmy's electric guitar to 5,000 volts of electricity, causing Jimmy's mother to die in a tragic accident. With his legs broken by Oberoi's goons and guitar phobia from the incident with his mother, Jimmy must claim first place for Team India at the International Disco Dancing Competition amidst strong competition from Team Africa and Team Paris.
Year of Production: 1983
Length: 135 min.
Country: United States
- Babbar Subhash
- Babbar Subhash, Tilotima Babbar Subhash
- Mithun Chakraborty, Kim, Om Puri, Rajesh Khanna, Gita Siddharth