A Bollywood film is never complete without a song or a dance sequence. And the audiences have always enjoyed watching their favourite actors dancing on screen. On International Dance Day, HT City lists five popular dance films of Bollywood.
Navrang (1959): This film is a quintessential favourite with all cinelovers especially during Holi. Sandhya's impeccable dance moves, both as a boy and a girl, in the hit Holi song, Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat, sung by Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor in this V Shantaram film, is still considered one of the most intricate dance numbers ever picturised in Bollywood. C Ramchandra's music still reverberates in our ears. Navrang, says choreographer Geeta Kapoor, is one of her favourite dance movies.Nache Mayuri (1986): Directed by T Rama Rao, this film is partly based on the life of actor-dancer Sudha Chandran, who lost one of her legs in a freak accident in 1981. However, Chandran, an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, never lost hope and continued dancing with a Jaipur leg. The film's story revolves around Bharatnatyam dancer, Mayuri, played by Chandran, who too loses her leg but continues dancing with an artificial limb. The film was a remake of hit Telugu film, Mayuri (1984), which too had Chandran in the lead. National award-winning choreographer Ganesh Acharya says that Naache Mayuri remains one of his all-time favourite dance films.