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 and is especially known for its “I am a Disco Dancer” song.
Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Rajesh Khanna
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.
Inspired by the “I am a Disco Dancer” song from this film, Devo produced a song called “Disco Dancer” in 1998.Similarly In 2007, the rapper M.I.A. re-recorded “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja” as Jimmy for her album Kala.