Entertainment is always a wholesome package of dance and action and emotion. At least as far as mainstream Bollywood is concerned, films are never complete with just the play of the histrionics. Dance and songs are as important requisites for movies to leave their mark, and actors and performers to create a niche for themselves. Essentially therefore, over the years Bollywood has seen actors and performers double up also as terrific dancers who leave no stone unturned to deliver the moves to unleash the magic. Here are the top 10 dancers of Bollywood who are as known for their foot tapping moves as for their intriguing performances-
The original dancing diva of Bollywood, yesteryear actress Helen had been more popular a name in Bollywood for her dance than for her acting. Noted for her flexible moves and graceful dance, Helen’s skill in delivering perfection every time rendered her an immemorable presence of Indian cinema. Among the first cabaret dancers to feature in Bollywood, Helen’s dance show was made even more swaying and eye pleasing through her elaborate costumes that made as much a statement as did her dancing.
Sizzling in her dance and stunning in her looks, Helen commanded the absolute attention of the audience every time she came on screen and is undoubtedly one of the top 10 dancers in Bollywood of all time. With iconic numbers like Piya Tu Ab To Aaja, Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu, Aao na gale lagao na, Ye mera dil pyaar ka diwana to her credit, Helen is one of the most iconic Bollywood dancers ever.
The Dhak Dhak girl of Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit dances in an aura of her own. One of the most popular Indian actresses of her time and also as accomplished a dancer, Madhuri is known not just for her impeccable dance moves but also her expressions. Graceful in her dance, charming in her style and ultimate in her performance, be it as an actress or a dancer, Madhuri Dixit’s legacy is unparalleled. Some of the most popular numbers that Bollywood dances to even now Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hain, Ek Do Teen, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga, Ghagra, Dola Re are also filmed on this beautiful lady. Considered the epitome of dancing age by peers and newbies alike, Madhuri Dikshit is one of the finest dancers of Bollywood and guaranteed deserves a place in the top 10.
Among the male stars of Bollywood, Govinda is perhaps the equivalent of Madhuri Dixit when it comes to dancing talent. Be it his signature steps or his out of the world expressions, Govinda is a delight to watch in his dance. While his craft of dancing might not be one stemming first and foremost from the technicalities, Govinda still continues to rule the roost when it comes to the most expressive of dance performances. In fact Govinda’s expressions have always been his second nature, so much so that even most of his effectiveness in acting stemmed from them. His films also have been as effectively steeped in his dancing talent as in the histrionics. Needless to say, Govinda is another name worthy of mention among the top 10 dancers of Bollywood.
Perhaps the most complete dancer in Bollywood is the very handsome Hrithik Roshan. One of the most followed actors in India, Roshan has been stunning everyone with his dance moves ever since he debuted with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. Widely considered among the top 10 dancers in Bollywood even with appearances that are not very frequent, Roshan is known for his clean moves and his impeccable style that renders him all the more flamboyant a dancer. Add to that his Greek God like body and dashing looks and Roshan stuns as a performer and dancer beyond measure.
For someone who started out in Bollywood as a background dancer despite hailing from a filmy family, Shahid Kapoor dancing abilities are uncompromising. A celebrated dancer who wows with his energy and enthusiasm in every dance performance, Kapoor dances with a flair that comes surprisingly easy to him. Be it exuding charm in romantic numbers of delivering energy in peppy numbers to conveying the emotions in sad songs, Kapoor’s dance is a mix of fluid versatility with style that makes him such a delight to watch. No lesser a dancer is Kapoor’s half brother Ishaan Khatter who is just some few movies old in Bollywood. But in his impressive outings so far, Khatter too has displayed enough talent to be named among Bollywood’s top dancers, even when he has not been able to make it to the top 10 so far.
Another brilliant actor who is also an impeccable dancer, Ranbir Kapoor’s charisma as a true star is second to none. The emotive actor, known also for his handsome looks and his stature as a star kid, dances with a finesse that makes him so apt a contender to be among the top 10 dancers of Bollywood. Expressing his self through his dancing as well as he does through his display of the histrionics, Kapoor is one of the new age actors for whom performance always holds prime position. In his acting therefore and also his dancing, Ranbir Kapoor is a complete performer and one who take immense pains in perfecting the same.
In being an exceptional dancer, there is no beating Nora Fatehi in any of her scintillating performances. She is celebrated for her many amazing dance moves in some of the smashing hits that Bollywood has delivered over the last couple of years. Be it foot tapping remixes of evergreen numbers like Dilbar and Saki Saki or the mellow musical outing Pachtaoge with Vicky Kaushal, the Street Dancer 3D actor has danced her way into the hearts of millions of her enthusiasts and fans. In holding a whole nation in enthrall with her exemplary moves and sensuous appeal in each of the songs she has performed, Fatehi has surely and steadily risen the ranks as one of the top 10 dancers Bollywood is happy to have.
In her many amazing dance moves and graceful postures, it’s however difficult to believe that despite all her perfection, Nora Fatehi’s dancing sensibilities stem entirely of her own. With dancing divas Helen and Madhuri Dixit as her inspiration, the lady from Canada have been making record after record in Bollywood with her dance performances. Known for the sizzles and the oomphs she induces with her sensual dance, Nora Fatehi is one of the finest dancers to have emerged from Bollywood in recent times.
The charming, goofy lad of tinsel town and an energetic dancer as well, Varun Dhawan is one of the best when it comes to showing off the moves. Right from his debut movie Student of the Year to his starring in the dance film ABCD 2, the son of celebrated director David Dhawan is quite a talent in his dancing abilities. Effortless in his style and also his dancing, Dhawan is one of the most popular celebrities of tinsel town who has made a mark of his own with his performances.
Another new age star stemming from filmy background who has managed tow ow one and all with her dance moves is the beautiful Shraddha Kapoor. Perhaps the best among the current lot of actresses when it comes to showcasing the moves, Shraddha is easily one of the top 10 Bollywood dancers at the moment. Throughout her career, Kapoor has made waves more with her dancing talent than in her identity as an actress. An avid dancer throughout her life, Kapoor has delivered some really power packed dance performances that are at par with her more graceful swaying to the tunes of music. Her dance journey though has seen quite an evolution in her time in tinsel town, as she straddles the world of jaw dropping dance and happy moves with perfection.
For someone who considers Michael Jackson as his inspiration, it’s only a given that actor Tiger Shroff would definitely go on to make an amazing dancer. No wonder that in his every film, Shroff has been doing more dancing and action than emoting. Known also for his fitness and his expertise in martial arts that which also lends the power to his dance, Shroff however is as agile a performer in such genres that go beyond his comfort zone.