It’s another Friday night at the same dance floor. Disco lights kiss the floor in a flash before they project on the wall, and then your face. You take a tired selfie of you making a fish face, then a glam bored face and then a pouty face. Your face is bathed in red, and then yellow and then blue lights, and your just-styled hair cascades down your shoulders. None of this is new to you. You’ve done it every Friday.
Your hips move to the music, but the music is too familiar. It’s the same old beats and strings and more beats, the vibe varying from pop to retro to electro. Thank god you downed that gin and tonic. It’s the only thing that lets you let loose.
“Heyyy,” a familiar acquaintance from work yells, spotting you in the throng as she pushes everyone in her way. She jumps up and down hugging you. The last time you’d seen her was…yesterday.
More fake enthusiasm, fake smiles and fake faces for #keepinitreal #tgif #nofilter selfies. Twenty two Likes on Instagram later, she’s introducing you to her friends. You do a quick scan for someone cute, but you’re disappointed. You exchange pleasantries and then you’re back on your own.
Five bops, twenty six head shakes and three self conscious sways later, you’re back at the bar area, wondering what else to drown your boredom in. And that’s when the mood shifts.
You don’t realise it at first. It’s the same old emcee introducing another performance by another artist…artists…art…
Two tentative sips later, you look up, and you see two very young, very hip performers take the center stage. They seem familiar, but you are too dazed to place them. The old track fades out, and Performer 1 takes over, her impassioned vocals feeding the crowd! Aaah, your mind’s not crowded and all over the place anymore. Your focus is singular: on the feeling in her voice and the underlying melody. Performer 2 is dancing -wait, is that the Telugu actor Allu Arjun?- and there’s a sparkle in his eye that’s infectious.
The crowd joins them, the lethargy in the air thinning with every chant and step. You’re back in the dance floor, matching his moves, even if yours is nowhere as skilled as his, and you feel alive! You haven’t felt like this in days!
You place both of these lovely people: she’s Anushka Machanda and he’s Allu Arjun. And together, they bring the house down.
Is this what a fresh, energetic performance does to people? You’re so pumped up, and no longer inhibited! You jump up and down, matching the rhythm of the music, your hands in the air. Your hair is all over the place, beads of sweat run down your back, but you feel free and lively and confident. When they’re done, you’re not ready to let them go just yet. The crowd erupts into a cheer. Encore!