Step inside East London’s gay Bollywood Hip Hop night

Hungama – which is the Hindi equivalent of Lit – is the new Bollywood-inspired discotheque shaking up London’s nightlife.

“The night began as a way to merge my multi-faceted ethnicity, sexuality and career and passions in a way that would cause something new, unique and create a place of belonging for myself and others like me,” the founder of Hungama, Ryan Lanji tells us. What started as a simple Bollywood DJ set at The Glory Pub (“my favourite watering hole in Haggerston”) in 2017 it has now turned into a night championing diversity, Bollywood and a place for “wicked Queer Asians to bust a move all over East London.”

“The music is a chaotic blends of R&b, Hip Hop, Garage, Bollywood, Bhangra, House and Electro and has been touted as fun and welcoming night where you have no choice but to dance the night away.” Described as an Indian Studio 54, Ryan says it’s a space “where you can just be yourself, anything goes during this time of chaos we can have fun, make friends and dance to some amazing Hip Hop and world inspired Asian music.”

There’s currently a mega collaboration with the V&A in the pipeline and events popping up “everywhere for everyone.” Hungama’s next party will be held at Visions in Dalston on Friday 17th August – for further info follow their Instagram here. Until then, you can check out Ryan Lanji’s curation of dancefloor bangers for his East London Gay Asian night exclusively for HUNGER below…

PhotographyHungama @ Visions / images courtesy of Ryan Lanji’s Hungama, photography by Kiran Gidda