Bollywood Boogie – A Chaiyaa Chaiyaa dance party for everyone

Chaiyya Chaiyya is a Hindi song from the 1998 Hindi film Dil Se.. directed by Mani Ratnam. The song was composed by A.R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. It quickly became popular upon release and its music video gained the same status, partly because it was filmed on a moving train.

The lyrics of Chaiyya Chaiyya are based on the Sufi folk song Thaiyya Thaiyya with lyrics written by poet Bulleh Shah. Singer Sukhwinder Singh originally suggested the song to A.R. Rahman who was looking for a Punjabi devotional song to include on the soundtrack of Dil Se… Gulzar subsequently rewrote the lyrics and changed the name to Chaiyya Chaiyya.

Our game is a dance party that is dedicated to this song, along with a few other popular songs such as Jai Ho composed by A. R. Rahman for the film Yuvvraaj, and Ghoonghat Ohle Na Luk Sajna Abida. As a bonus we include Tanuk Tanuk Ta.

For each song, you listen to the music and follow the dance steps that are instructed to you on screen.  We have also included difficulty levels which are distinguished by the decreasing the amount of time allowed to execute a dance move and including more to do such as having the player freeze in place or to jump or even sing along.

The difficulty levels each have the own song, from easiest to hardest is Jai Ho, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Ghoonghat Ohle Na Luk Sajna Abida and the bonus track Tanuk Tanuk Ta.

The rules are:

–          Everyone who’s playing spread across the playing area, make sure everyone has arm room and can see the screen.

–          Players select another player to be judge, who does not participate in the dancing but keeps track of people who should be out. Most of the decisions are up to the judge’s discretion.

–          No one is allowed to make physical contact with one another; if they do they are out.

–          The Judge Player selects level difficulty, or by player consensus.

–          Follow the dance poses on the screen and instructions, if they fail to do so before it changes, they are out.

–          A person can choose to stop playing, they are out however.

–          Last person standing wins or the people remaining after the song is done win.

Going into this project, I was worried about how the game will be made since the premise of making a game based off a dance move doesn’t allow for much to do in terms of variation, a problem which plague a lot of other people’s prototypes. However it did turn out to be fairly fun despite not being fond of dancing myself.

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