Song and dance has always been an intrinsic of Hindi cinema and, despite what some may think, should remain so as they define our films in a distinctive way. In fact, many foreigners love thesong-and-dance routines in our films because they set Indian cinema apart from what they’re used to seeing. And let’s face it, most of our moviestars both male and female are as well-known for their dialogues and characters as they are for the songs picturezed on them.
Now, Bollywood has seen myriad styles of songs and dances belonging to diverse genres – some are romantic, some heart-wrenching, some joyous, some tragic, and others are fun, party numners. And depending on the scene, situation, characters, and setting, the songs are also shot in varied ways. Sometimes, they could just be shot in a room featuring the hero and heroine while other times, they would be framed at a lavish set, backed up by scores of dancers, and featuring striking visuals and costumes. Today, we’ve decided to focus on such song-and-dance numbers, which are shot lavishly and carry a grand aura about them.
Here are the ten grandest dance sequences in Bollywood history:
1.) Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from Mushal-e-Azam
The mother of all grand dance sequences in Bollywood – the one that started it all. The glass ceilings and chandeliers, Madhubala’s expressions, Dilip Kumar’s voyeurism, the courtesan’s costume, and the music – everything fit perfectly in this one to make it not just a lavish dance number, but one-of-the-greates songs in the history of India cinema.
2.) Dholi Taro from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
This list is going to be populated by songs from Sanjay Leela Bhansali films because while some films have sex appeal, Bhansali’s movies have ‘sets appeal’. Plus, this one is hands down the best dandiya song of Bollywood ever.
3.) Hum Banjaro Ki from Dharam Veer
Long before SLB mastered the art of lavish dance sequences, Manmohan Desai had done it with aplomb in his swords-and-sandals masala epic, Dharam Veer, featuring none less than Dharmendra; the last hero you’d imagine in such a scenario.
4.) Dola Re from Devdas
The only thing more captivating than the sets and costumes in this song was watching two fantastic dancers, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, perform a marvelous jugalbandi.
5.) O Re Kanchi from Asoka
The film may not have worked, but there’s no denying that its songs were beautifully shot, not least of which was this tribal number. Kareena has seldom looked better than she did in this track.
6.) Lahu Muh Lag Gaya from Ram-Leela
The world saw the first signs of the sparkling chemistry between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in this song, and Bhansali made sure to film it in the most-mesmerizing manner conceivable.
7.) Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah from Jodhaa Akbar
Another Director who knows how to frame lavish songs with assuredness and just the right amount of indulgence is Ashutosh Gowariker, and he gave ample evidence of his knack for doing it over here.
8.) Pinga from Bajirao Mastani
If you loved the jugalbandi in Dola Re, then you simply can’t miss the one between Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Pinga.
9.) Radha Kaise Na Jale
Opulent sets and striking costumes alone don’t make a song lavish as Gowariker, his actors, set designer, and choreographer proved in this evergreen chartbuster.
10.) Ghoomar from Padmavati
Bhansali and Deepika recreate their magic once again with this traditional Rajasthani folk number shot with regality and grandeur galore.
So, which of these grand Bollywood dance sequences is your favorite?a
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