The Bollywood Industry is known for its entourage of actors, musicians, singers, writers, directors, dancers and so on. The tinsel town has a long list of actors, who apart from their acting skills also have an extra-ordinary asset to their credit. Here, I am talking about the Bollywood stars who apart from being talented actors are equally talented dancers. The igniting performances of the stars (below), in some of the remarkable numbers have left an everlasting memory and praise in our hearts and minds for them. Check out these top ten dancing divas and rekindle their punching performances.
Urmila Matondkar became the sex kit of Bollywood after her first big hit ‘Rangeela’, in which she played a star-struck dancer. She is considered as an outstanding dancer and has been a featured performer in many Bollywood item numbers. Her best-known item number is the ‘Chamma Chamma’ sequence from ‘China Gate’. Her other hit numbers include the opening song of ‘Company’, ‘Aaiye Aajaye’ from the hit film (Lajja), ‘Kambhakt Ishq hai Jo’ (‘Pyarr Tune Kya Kia’). She has recently been signed to perform the item song in the Ram Gopal Verma remake of the classic film ‘Sholay’ titled ‘Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag’, which was originally played by the legendary Helen. Her amazing jhtakas and facial expressions have captivated several hearts.
Under the guidance of her mother, Babita, an actress herself, Karisma Kapoor improved on her acting, dialogue delivery and dance skills. Lolo, as she is fondly addressed, rocked the charts with ‘Sexy Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bolen’ number from ‘Khuddar’, she did several David Dhawan-Govinda films, innocently doing all the jhatkas in bizarre outfits. ‘Mujhko hui na khabar’ (Dil To Paagal hai) choreographed by Shaimak Davar made a dancing star once again.
The ‘Dhak Dhak’ girl, as Madhuri Dixit is fondly called, danced her way into millions of hearts with the evergreen number ‘Ek do teen…’ in ‘Tezaab’ in 1988. Both the film and the song were smash hits. She further donned her fans’ heart with ‘Gori ki chaal..’ (Sailaab), ‘Bada dukh dina’ (Ram Lakhan), ‘Dhak dhak karne laga…’(Beta), ‘Choli ke peechay kya hai…’ (Khalnayak), ‘Ankhiya milaye kabhi ankhiya churaye…’(Raja). She has played a dancer ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’.The item with a liberal dose of jhatkas propelled Madhuri towards stardom.
Rekha is unarguably the most fascinating figure in Bollywood, it would be impossible to name a modern counterpart. With her graceful dance performances in movies like ‘Umrao Jaan’, where she played a seducing courtesan, a mythical stature was attached to Rekha. She gave a new dimension to dancing.
Sridevi has acted and danced in over 250 movies during the 80s in the Bollywood. Her electric dance numbers and star presence were rivaled by many for which she holds a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of movie fans. With her famous dance numbers like ‘Mein teri dushman, dushman tu mera’ (Nagin), ‘Kaate nahi kat te ye din ye raat’ (Mr.India), ‘Mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyaan hain’ (Chandni) and many more, she was a perfect fit to all the filmy dance genres, from the voluptuous naagin to the conventional lover girl with all the jhatakas.
Jayaprada’s mother enrolled her in dance and music classes at an early age. She was fourteen years old when she gave a dance performance at her school. She made her Hindi film debut with ‘Sargam’, portraying her role of a mute dancer. Her performances were full of grace and confirmed her versatility.
Hema Malini is remembered as Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’. Hema transforms the dance into sensual play, alluring and exuding freshness and innocence. This trained Bharatanatyam dancer possessed a style and grace in her dance that was transcendent. Although she starred in many movies during the 1970s and 1980s, but is best remembered for her glamour, style, and accomplished classical dancing. Along with the movies, Malini also concentrates on her off-screen dance ballets.
Waheeda Rehman was trained in Bharatnatyam. Her movie ‘Guide’, today is the crowning glory of Waheeda’s illustrious career. Her dances as well as her emotive prowess made ‘Guide’ into one of the most enduring classics of Hindi Cinema. Her role as Rosie, the dancer, is considered as her best role. The song ‘Kahin Pe Nigahein Kahin Pe Nishana’ as she tries to seduce the villain and allow the hero to escape reveals her extraordinary facial mobility and dancer’s grace.
Watching Vyjayantimala dance is like watching a caged bird released for the first time darting about nervously and ecstatic in flight. This is how the movie critics praised her dancing skills. To watch Vyjayantimala dance is to be seduced. Her dance performances in ‘Man dole mera tan dole’ (Naagin), ‘Chadh gayo paapi bichhua’ (Madhumati), ‘Buddha mil gaya’ (Sangam) and ‘Hothon pe aisi baat’ (Jewel Thief) were among her fans’ favourite.
Helen Richardson Khan was called the Bollwood’s ‘Cabaret Queen’. She had her first major hit with her performance in the song ‘Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu’ in O.P. Nayyar’s hit film, ‘Howrah Bridge’. There was trend in those days to keep an exclusive item song for Helen, although it had nothing to do with the plot of the movie, such was her charisma.