5 seconds into a Mithun-da song: The guitarists wield their instruments like phallic objects.
13 seconds in: Prabhuji touches down.
15 seconds in: Prabhuji female poojarin has a moment of intense self-arousal and shrieks Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
33 seconds in: Precocious boy starts whistling
35 seconds in: Angelic little girl gets up and starts playing the drums on the bald old man sitting in front of her. The tempo is rising.
1 minute 30 seconds in: Mithun-da is belting out “I am a Disco Dancer” sending the audience into paroxysms of pleasure.
2 minutes 50 seconds in: Mithun-da starts sucking his thumb.
3 minutes 15 seconds in: Curvaceous backup dancers start tugging on their braids.
3 minutes 48 seconds in: Poojarin wearing chemical lab goggles understands why Prabhuji is sucking thumb. She responds.
4 minutes 28 seconds in: Prabhuji asks a Poojarin to join with him. This is waay before Bruce Springsteen set a trend by calling Courtney Cox onstage from the crowd for “Dancing in the Dark”.
4 minutes 31 seconds in: Nisha feels the call of the wild in her blood. She rushes towards Prabhuji on the stage, leaving her honour, husband and sanity behind.
4 minutes 48 seconds in: Nisha has surrendered herself totally to Prabhuji. With a whirling motion of her hand, she conveys that she is ready.
6 minutes 22 seconds in: Prabhuji has become a blur of action. Tandav on celluloid if there has ever been one.
1 hour after the song: Away from the public eye, a poojarin balances a chalice on her forehead.
1 hour 10 minutes after the song: Prabhuji drinks from the chalice balanced on her forehead. An ancient mating ritual begins.
Morning after song: Prabhuji is dancing in front of helicopter surrounded by crazed poojarins who want simply a piece of him. And they do not mind having it all together.
This was 25 years ago. Much has changed since then. The Internet. VP Singh. Mallika Sherawat. A new age has brought in its wake new icons and new Gods.
But still some things remain the same.
2 seconds into song: Girl goes bazookas. Years ago, it was her mother (reference third picture from top).Now it’s her.
1 minute into song: Mithun-da is still at it, sending subliminal messages to the audience.
2 hours after song: Need I say more?
[Must watch videos for Mithunism followers: “I Am a Disco Dancer” and a lovely fan video of the same song. The opening sequence of Suraksha with Mithun-da as Gunmaster G9 cavorting with international supermodels and executing moves Sean Connery would never imagine. And a beautiful tribute to Prabhuji from the guys at Boogie Woogie. And finally, Prabhuji today, uncut, uncensored and totally off the Richter.]