Dance and dancers have been integral and essential for the success of Bollywood films. They get the cash registers ringing. They also get audiences to throw coins at the screen in appreciation. Across generations, Bollywood has cultivated actors who could dazzle audiences with their dances. These stars have been worshipped by millions of adoring fans for decades. Here are some of them:
As the undisputed ‘Queen of Dance’ in the 1960s and 1970s, Helen danced her way into the hearts of countless generations of film-goers. Her hour-glass figure, light eyes, sensuous pout, shimmering dresses slit at the thighs and sexy cabaret moves had male audiences whistling in cinema halls. She stamped her class with her first dance to the song “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu”. Generations still remember her performances in “Aa Jaane Jaan”, “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja” and “Mehbooba O Mehbooba”.
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Her breathtaking beauty electrified audiences, while her dazzling smile, her undisputed talent and sensuous dance moves in backless “cholis” made a million hearts go “Dhak Dhak.” “Ek Do Teen” set the stage on fire and turned her into an overnight star. She followed it up with many foot-tapping dances over the years- “Tamma Tamma Loge, Dhak Dhak, Choli Ke Peeche, Mera Pyar Ghar Aaya and Dola Re.” She continues to charm audiences with her dance shows on TV today.
A talented dancer, she performed for the Pope at the tender age of four. She was known as “twinkle toes” in the film industry and pioneered classical and semi classical dance performances in films. She ruled as an actress and Bharathanatyam dancer during the golden era of Bollywood. Her dances to “Hothon Pe Aise Baat” and “Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri” still remain popular today.
He was known as the Elvis Presley of India. He made Rock N Roll famous and taught entire generations how to groove and twist. His heady jerks, swivels, twists and turns brought high octane energy to the screen and onto the dance floor. He created his own distinctive dance moves to music and was loved by his “yahoo and junglee” fans.
Govinda became No.1 with the masses because of his ingenious dancing style. Clad in tight pants, he loosened his hips with pelvic thrusts and gyrations while throwing a toothy smile at his heroines and audiences! The crowds loved him, copied him and whistled as he performed to “Ankiyon Se Goli Maare” or “Kisi Disco Me Jaye”. He created a genre that was spontaneous and uniquely his own as it included quirky and goofy steps for the most mundane of situations.
Without doubt, Hrithik Roshan is the best dancer among Bollywood actors today. His drop dead looks, his superbly toned body and his fantastic dancing skills are unbeatable. The work and energy he puts into his awesome moves was seen in his first movie “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai”. Since his debut years ago, he has built up a long list of outstanding dances to songs such as “Ek Pal Ka Jeena”, “Pyar Ki Kashti Mein” and “Dhoom Macha De”.
He had already made his name as a dancer and choreographer in South India before moving to Bollywood. Though inspired by Michael Jackson, he creates complicated and awe inspiring dance moves in his performances. There’s a lot of energy and flow in his dances. He can seamlessly combine moves from several dance styles in his dances.
The “Chaiyya Chaiyya” girl from “Dil Se” set countless hearts aflame and hips swaying with her moves atop a train as it chugged through the scenic countryside. She has continued giving hot performances since then, including the famous “Munni Badnam Hui”. Her scintillating performances and hot looks make her the ultimate “item girl” and always get the temperatures soaring.
He has trained in the dancing school run by Shiamak Davar and is fabulous for his dancing skills, including his tributes to Michael Jackson and his moonwalk. He loves dancing at award events and is associated with several dance videos and dance shows on TV. “Mauja Hi Mauja”, “Gustakh Dil” and “Mujh Pe Har Haseena” are among his best career performances so far.
He can certainly shake a leg like his famous uncle Shammi Kapoor and showcase some outstanding moves including the pelvic thrust. His romantic image and boyish charm have endeared him to the youth of today. His popular dances are to racy songs such as “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Badtameez Dil”.