15 Epic Dance Moves of Madhuri Dixit

Maya - Dil to Pagal Hai

There is only one dancing queen in Bollywood. And we all have no doubt about who it is. The one, the only – Madhuri Dixit. No puns, no jokes, no comments attempting any sort of cheap humour. This post is just about the 15 history defining, earth shattering, and screen scorching epic moves of Madhuri, spanning across her epic career. These are not just any moves. When it comes to recognising someone like Mrs.Nene, these moves define not only her, but also the 90s – a time when the Madhuri empire was thriving. Ok, no more bakwaas, straight to business. Rated in the ascending order of awesomeness and ishtyle.

15: Aaja Nachle – Aaja Nachle

Aaja Nachle - Title song

This awesome list continues after the jump. P.S. This post is image heavy of the GIF kind.
Please allow some time to load them up. Read on..

The returning launch pad of Mrs.Nene made her dance (a lot). And whilst there’s a bunch to be chosen from, this one is sort of the obvious choice. Its a shame that this movie didn’t really set the box office on fire, and unluckily managed to create a controversy with its racial references in the title track. Nevertheless, Madhuri set the dance floor on fire. Choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.

14: Kahe Chedh Chedh Mohe – Devdas

Kaahe Chhedhe - Devdas

With the grandpop of grandeur in the director’s chair, everything in the frame had to be opulent to the brim. And Neeta Lulla’s ghagra which Madhuri wears in this track was reportedly so heavy that it had a life of its own. But the magical thumri sung by Pt.Birju Maharaj and also choreograped by him, gave this song a life beyond the silly melodrama of the movie.

13: Kay Sera Sera – Pukar

Kay Sera Sera - Pukar

Choreographed by Prabhu Deva, and even featuring the man himself, this was one of the USP of the movie when the promos were released. Even when the movie is all about terrorism and stuff, who wouldn’t want to see a dance-off between Madhuri and Prabhu Deva in front of a red background eh?

12: O Ramji – Ram Lakhan

Madhuri - O Raamji - Ram Lakhan

First of the many epic collaborations of Madhuri and Saroj Khan, O Ramji, is probably one of the easily forgotten Madhuri dance songs. Featured in a movie which is more about Lakhan than Ram or any other character, and also deafened by the voice of Mohd.Aziz singing 1-2 ka 4, O Ramji is a treat to watch how Madhuri was easily the best dancer in Hindi cinema then, and even now. In a TV interview, Subhash Ghai revealed how Saroj Khan was instructed not to let Madhuri dance a lot throughout a song, but only dance in a section, and within that section itself, she had to prove that she’s the best dancer there ever was. That she did

11: Maya’s dance – Dil To Pagal Hai

Maya's dance - Dil to Pagal Hai

This is by far, one of my most favourite Yashraj film ( third to DDLJ and Silsila ). I don’t care if its filled to the brim with fluff and stuff that makes no sense at all. There is so much yuppiedom about this. And to watch Madhuri dance in this movie is just a treat. My favourite bit is her Kathak fusion to Rahul’s drum beats (just before the intermission). I bought the DVD just because of this particular scene.

10:Dum Duma Dum – Dil

Dil - Dum Duma Dum

Every child of my generation, who grew up watching VHS tapes of 90s movies will agree that DIL was a big trendsetter. The whole Indra Kumar legacy begins with DIL and both Aamir and Madhuri owe a lot to this college romance movie which has Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey at their hormonal explosivo best. And the huge surge of national uprising created by the song Dum Duma Dum is almost incomparable. It swept the nation and beyond, and the movie was re-released with the song added into it. Needless to mention – choreographed by Saroj Khan.

9: Tu Shayar Hai – Saajan

Tu Shaayar Hai - Saajan

Sanjay Dutt and Salmaan Khan having mullets, and loving the same gal. Directed by Lawrence D’Souza, this one was choreographed by Chinni Prakash. The highlight of this song was the now-famous finger curling move. Girls and boys have broken their index fingers attempting to copy this move, including me.

8:Didi Tera Dewar Deewana – Hum Aapke Hai Kaun

Didi Tera Dewar Deewana - HAHK
Need I say anything about this? This was Rajshri films biggest hit ever. And to a certain extent, a milestone in Bollywood cinema. Choreography by Jay Borade.

7: Mera Piya Ghar Aaya – Yaarana

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya - Yaarana

Yet another Saroj Khan vehicle. Although the song is a direct Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s similar titled track, this one has Madhuri dancing to it with Shakti Kapoor playbacking Shankar Mahadevan. Madhuri switches between dancing desi freestyle to even air guitaring. Result – pure awesomeness.

6: Chane Ke Khet Mein – Anjaam

Chane Ke Khet Mein - Anjaam

Ok, this list is evolving as a Saroj Khan compilation. But it’s quite inevitable. The trademark stretched hands jerky movements spread like a virus throughout the nation, and whenever someone speaks of Anjaam, this is one of the first things that come into our minds. This and Madhuri being insane, coz she’s married to Deepak Tijori :P (What? SRK is the insane one?)

5: Tumma Tumma Loge – Thanedaar

Thanedaar - Tumma Tumma Loge

Choreographed by Saroj Khan (Deal with it). This one was Bollywood’s answer to the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson dance revolution of the 90′s. And although Sanjay Dutt tried hard to shake his shoulders, it does seem like a dislocated shoulder trying too hard to release itself from the body. As for Madhuri, she nails it.

We are now down to the last 4.. things are getting really awesome right now. And for the Madhuri devotees, the remaining four will be quite predictable as well. P.S. All four are choreographed by Saroj Khan. Jai ho Masterjee!

4: Humko Aaj Kal Hai – Sailaab

Sailaab - Humko Aajkal Hai

There’s an angst ridden Aditya Pancholi somewhere lost in this movie. But all I care about is Madhuri shaking her kamariya and giving the latka jhatka that will casue an earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale. Even today, when Madhuri does a performance (on one of those silly reality TV shows), this is her weapon of choice for mass destruction.

3:Choli Ke Peeche – Khalnaayak

Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai - Khalnayak
There’s an annoying and hypersexed up Neena Gupta having Ila Arun’s voice. But apart from that, this whole video is perfect to the last detail – right from the Kuk Kuk Kuk Kuk… to the Lehenga Hai Mehenga Mera.
Ashik Purane Tere… Ashik Purane :) So true.

2: Dhak Dhak – Beta

Dhak Dhak Karne Laga - Beta

One word – OUCH! Two words – Anuradha Paudwal. Three words – Saiyya Bayya Chodhna!

1: Ek Do Teen – Tezaab

Madhuri - Ek Do Teen - Tezaab

I have already written a mile and a half about Mohini and her insane awesomeness. If I could, I’d vote Mohini for the President of NASA. Coz she taught me counting. Coz she taught me the time series – Din hue Hafte, Hafte Mahine, Mahine ban gaye Saal…

That’s all for this list. But hang on, Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost. Like a full featured pack DVD, we’ve got some bonus material.

Ankhiya Milaye – Raja

and Pehla Pehla Pyar – Hum Aapke Hai Kaun

Pehla Pehla Pyar - Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

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18 thoughts on “15 Epic Dance Moves of Madhuri Dixit

  1. I haven’t seen that many Madhuri films, but she is indeed the best dancer in Bollywood. Watching Devdas was enough to ensure me.

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    Sujoy Reply:

    @Limette,
    Sure Devdas has some magnificient dance pieces, but do try and see the rest of the list. An absolute visual treat. :)

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    Sujoy Reply:

    I’d be very happy to do that. Could you please help me with some links to trailers, videos, stills which I can use for the post.

    Cheerio,
    Sujoy

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  3. UNLESS you end up doing a Sridevi one. Then THAT will be my favoritest post ever. Until then, this one is. :-)

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    Sujoy Reply:

    @Amaluu,

    You are tempting me now :) Sridevi is definitely going to feature soon. Help me prepare the list. :)
    Obvious ones that are coming to my head right now are Nagina, Mr India, Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Lamhe, Roop Ki Rani, Himmatwala, Tohfa :D

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  4. Yep you got most of what I would do! :-)

    - Nainon Mein Sapna (Himmatwala)
    - Gori Tere Ang Ang Mein (Tohfa)
    - Mamma Mia Pom Pom (Justice Choudhary)
    - Mein Teri Dushman (Nagina)
    - Jaanu Jaanam Jaane-Jigar (Sultanat)
    - Har Kisiko Nahin Miltha (Jaanbaaz)
    - Kaaten Nahin Katthe (Mr. India)
    - Tandav Dance or Na Jaane Kahan Se (Chaalbaaz)
    - Tandav Dance & Mere Haathon Mein (Chandni)
    - Megha Re Megha & Chudiyan Khanak Gayi (Lamhe)
    - Mein Aisi Cheez Nahin or Tu Na Ja Meri Baadshah (Khuda Gawah)
    - Chini Mini Ching Chong (Roop Ki Rani)
    - Aaj Radha Ko Shyam Yaad (Chaand Ka Tukda)

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    Sujoy Reply:

    @Amaluu,

    I agree with you on that list. Although, instead of Kanten Nahi Katte, I’d prefer – Hawa Hawai.. and also to add to that list – Raste mein wo khadha tha..but yes, that Tandav dance is a gem.

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  5. You’re too much Sujoy, i love this post so much, you are a real Madhuri deewana, i never really saw what the fuss was all about that humko aaj kal song from Sailaab but i get it now, those Hip thrusts are a killer move, i have been practising..lol In fact the whole set up of the humko song looks an awful lot like this number from the Mumtaz/Amitabh starrer Bandhe Haath

    and ohh yes I am one of the mumerous people who tried that finger curling move from Saajan :)

    I have been following your work on Bollypop and you have no idea how much of a smile that site brings to my face. I’ll be in touch soon, we have to hit up Raj and Pablo’s bollywood nights

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    Sujoy Reply:

    Thanks Bosun!
    I am indeed a Madhuri Deewana, hence the tag name – Madhuri Madness. Are you kiddin me about Humko aaj kal hai… those hip thrusts and the many seductive expressions on Madhuri.. I love that song from Bandhe Haath – O Majhi re jaaye kaha.. RD Burman’s genius shines again – transforming a koli ( fishermen folk song) into a cabaret.. and Asha Bhonsle doing wonders with it.. Brrrilliant.

    The two songs are set in the koli dance format ( of the fishermen in Goa, Mumbai areas) and that is why they look similar in choreography.
    I will check with you on the finger curling technique. I bet you can’t do it as good as me though :P

    Thanks for liking Bollypop. I do need to check out what’s the fuss with Raj n Pablo’s bollywood nights innit :D

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  6. the original version of dhak dhak was from a telugu film, i got this thanks to an old post Amaluu did i think i actually prefer the vocals on the telugu one but Madhuri’s picturisation rocks

    http://bollystalgia.blogspot.com/2010/07/shameful-classics-week-slap-me-baby.html

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    Sujoy Reply:

    I really applaud you and @louella for your intense background knowledge of south-indian originals. Seriously, u guys rock man. I have never been able to sit down and explore south indian cinema at length. I do want to, but Hindi cinema by itself is so large innit.

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  7. This post was sheer awesomeness….as is the subject herself of this blog :D Love her soooo much!!!! :)

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    Sujoy Reply:

    Shukriya, Meherbaani !! :D

    Do watch this space for the Sridevi list coming up (not so soon though :P)

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