Sensuous dance routines and item numbers have been doing the rounds of Bollywood since the black-and-white days, but when it comes to acing a dance sexy dance form on screen, few demand as much practice, perfection, and physicality than a belly dance. It’s not only about looking unbelievable stunning while doing it, but also about swaying your curves to every beat of the music in such a way that you transfix the audience with each swish of your hip and stroke of your hand. It’s no wonder that only a few actresses have ever attempted this intricate yet delicious Arabian dance routine, and fewer still have aced it.
We present you eight actresses who slayed belly dancing on screen like a boss:
1.) Helen in Mehbooba Mehbooba from Sholay
The mother of all belly dances from the queen of item numbers herself – nobody does it quite like Helen. Of course, R.D. Burman’s music is a huge bonus.
2.) Helen and Parveen Babi in Koi Aaya Aane Bhi De from Kaala Sona
Helen and R.D. Burman were at it again in this hit track from Feroz Khan’s Kaala Sona, and this time they had Parveen Babi fro company to match Helen in all her arresting sexuality. We bet you not stare wide eyed at this super-hot song.
3.) Zeenat Aman in Raqqasa Mera Naam from The Great Gambler
When you have someone as sexy as Zeenat Aman in her heydays, it’s not really that tough to shoot an alluring belly-dance number, which is exactly what Director Shakti Samanta and composer R.D. pulled off with Raqqasa Mera Naam.
4.) Mallika Sherawat in Mayya Mayya from Guru
Dare-to-bare actress Mallika Sherawat, who gained popularity with films like Khwahish, Murder, and Pyaar Ke Side Effects, is also best remembered for her dance number Mayya Mayya, in which she looked ravishingly hot and pulled off some killer belly dance moves.
5.) Katrina Kaif in Mashallah from Ek Tha Tiger
The leggy hottie is no doubt a terrific dancer, and her ample talent to move to a beat has seldom been displayed as well than in Mashallah, which, to this day, remains one of the actress’ favorite tracks among her fans.
6.) Rani Mukerji in Aga Bai from Aiyyaa
That Rani is a superlative actor is common knowledge. But in this song from the sensually charged Aiyyaa, she backed her exemplary acting talent with a captivating belly dance, which left everyone stunned and asking for more.
7.) Deepika Padukone in Lovely from Happy New Year
Another sensational dancer, Deepika perhaps ticked off all the boxed on her dance resume when she broke into a belly dance jig from Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan’s heist comedy.
8.) Nora Fatehi in Dilbar from Satyameva Jayate
Though a remix, Nora stood out in the recreated version of Dilbar, purely because of how attractive and impeccably she pulled off a belly dance in it.
So, which of these actresses’ onscreen belly dances is your favorite?