Dance and Songs– these two things stir to create the essence of Bollywood. Recognized for its graceful dance moves and song sequences as the plot advances to portray and assert the emotions of the characters in an extraordinary manner, the Hindi Cinema has forged some of the greatest masterpieces through this procedure.
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Here are the nine excellent dance sequences in films that play a pivotal part in furthering the narrative–
1. The Dance of Envy
Movie- Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Dil Toh Pagal Hai marked Shiamak Davar’s debut as a choreographer. The Dance of Envy is an excellent example of how dance sequences can be utilized to portray the emotions and mental state of the characters.
Nisha’s insecurity and jealousy towards Pooja are asserted through the fierce dance moves she wields to capture the dance floor and divert attention from Pooja.
Meanwhile, Pooja is unaware of these harsh sentiments harboring in Nisha’s heart and she is seen gracefully enjoying the dance.
2. Honthon Mein Aisi Baat
Movie- Jewel Thief
Choreographed by Master Sohanlal, Honthon Mein Aisi Baat is one of the many representations of long shots in dance sequences being the brainchild of prominent director Vijay Anand.
With Vyjayanthimala’s impressive performance blended with the lyrics and direction of Vijay Anand, Honthon Mein Aisi Baat ascertains the dilemma that the complex character encounters.
Movie- Bajirao Mastani
The complex relation between Kashibai and Mastani lasts through the end of the film. While Kashibai and Mastani struggle to accept each other, Pinga, choreographed by Remo D’Souza, reflects a very mature side of the two characters.
The two characters go back to play their societal roles and become each other’s adversaries, the song shows some amount of sisterhood between the two.
4. Kahin Aag Lage
Another dance choreographed by Shiamak Davar, Kahin Aag Lage characterizes the heartbroken state of Mansi. It is said that somewhere amidst all the grief inside a human, there is hidden sorrow.
Being a simple girl belonging to a sheltered life, Mansi began to open up when she fell in love with Manav.
However, her ill-fated bond soon ended and Kahin Aag Lage illustrates her suffering and misery.
5. Main Aisa Kyun Hoon
Farhan Akhtar’s movie Lakhshya follows the journey of Karan from living an aimless life to becoming an army officer.
Main Aisa Kyun Hoon tries to encapsulate that attitude of not knowing what to do with one’s life and feeling as if you are in a boat that is rowing without a destination in mind.
With Prabhu Deva’s choreography, Main Aisa Kyun Hoon is further enhanced by Hrithik Roshan’s terrific performance.
6. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
Anarkali and Prince Salim’s love story has become folklore as time passes by. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya expresses Anarkali’s courage to accept the love she has for Salim.
Enriched with Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious voice and Madhubala’s ethereal enactment, Mughal-e-Azam was strengthened with both its plot and dance progressions.
7. Woh Ladhki Hai Kahan
Movie- Dil Chahta Hai
Farhan Akhtar has the magic to use music and dance to add significance to the plot.
Coupled with Farah Khan’s choreography, Woh Ladhki Hai Kahan is a memorable dance sequence owing to Farhan Akhtar’s remarkable direction and incredible vision.
Movie– ABCD 2
One of the most beautiful dance sequences from precisely the movie centered around dancing, Chunar was defined by Varun Dhawan as one of the hardest songs he worked on.
Capturing the guilt and regret felt by Suresh after he was caught for imitating someone else’s choreography, Chunar was Suresh’s way of apologizing to his mother for the enormous mistake he made.
9. Dhoom Again
Movie- Dhoom 2
Dhoom Again needs no introduction owing to the fan following it gained after Dhoom 2 was released.
Hrithik Roshan’s smooth dance moves show the complex relationship between Sunheri and Aryan while Jai tries to catch Aryan.