Dola Re Dola from 2002 film Devdas voted greatest Bollywood dance number in UK poll

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Dola Re Dola from 2002 film Devdas

Dola Re Dola, a dance face-off between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit from the 2002 hit Devdas has been voted the greatest Bollywood dance number of all time in a new UK poll. Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film starring Shah Rukh Khan was choreographed by Saroj Khan. The dance emerged to be the winner in the tough competition from songs across the decades, thus, topping a new list published by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper. 

Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from the 1960 classic Mughal-e-Azam came in at second place and another of Madhuri Dixit’s iconic routines, Ek Do Teen from the 1988 film Tezaab, came in third in the 50 Greatest Bollywood Dance Numbers list, collated based on public votes, cinematic impact, choreography, staging and opinions of dance experts.

“With Bollywood being built on a bedrock of music, dance has become an integral part of Hindi cinema across the decades and given audiences unforgettable moments,” said Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye entertainment editor, who collated the top 50. “The perfect Bollywood number needs an amazing set, incredible choreography, wonderful dancers, shining stars, beautiful costumes and a larger than life feel. It also needs to be a stand-out moment in the film and Dola Re Dola has all that and more,” he said.

Hrithik Roshan’s Ek Pal Ka Jeena from the film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai was voted fourth and the legendary Vyjayanthimala song Hothon Pe Aisi Baat from Jewel Thief completed the top five. Award-winning Bollywood choreographer, Saroj Khan, and her muse Madhuri Dixit dominated the list that covered all major Bollywood films over the years. The rest of the top 10 was made up of Kamli from Dhoom 3 (6), Piya Tu Ab To Aaja from Caravan (7), Choli Ke Peeche from Khalnayak (8), Chhaiya Chhaiya from Dil Se (9) and Mehbooba Mehbooba from Sholay (10).”The sheer variety in the list shows that Bollywood hasn’t just led the world with musicals, but with dance also. There is everything from Indian classical to western contemporary to out of the box ideas like a dance on top of a train. The list also shows how much dance has been used as a form of expression and liberation,” said Nazir.

Some of the other well-known dance numbers on the list include Inhi Logon Ne from Pakeezah (12), Sheila Ki Jawani from Tees Maar Khan (14), O Haseena Zulfon Waali from Teesri Manzil (16), Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli (18), Nimbooda Nimbooda from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (23) and Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg (25). 

(With PTI inputs)

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