Madhuri as a Dancer, Why She Makes Us Smile, and 5 Songs to Prove It

I’m having kind of a weird low energy day, maybe you all are too, so let’s start off Madhuri week with a bang and put up some nice songs.

Madhuri! As everyone likes saying, she is a trained Kathak dancer. It’s true, she is, but just because I am obsessed with precision, I want to clarify that she isn’t as trained as she could be. While still being far more trained than other actresses.

There’s two kinds of dance training in India. One of them starts as soon as you can walk and takes as much time as your school work. Picture like training for the Olympics. You go through a formal completion ceremony around age 12 and then you are considered as qualified as any other dancer on earth.

The other kind is “dance classes” like we would know them in the West. You go two or three afternoons after school, you start at age 8 or so, you progress at your own rate, and then you stop taking classes when you run out of interest or time or whatever.

Madhuri is the second, not the first, but a really good hardworking version of the second. She kept up her dance classes straight through high school, she worked hard, she was good, and she came out of it with a better dance grounding than most other actresses. Not as good as the true dancer-actors like Vijayantimala or Prabhudeva who were from the first category, but far better than the majority of actors who are more along the lines of “I took dance classes for 3 years and then stopped”. In athlete terms, you could think of her as a semi-pro.

When Madhuri does a song, she can do the things you can really only do if you had training. Like, isolate her face muscles. Or have the endurance and skill for a non-stop long take. Beyond that, even the simple things any actress can do like a body roll, just look better when she does it. She is always on beat, she always moves her body in the most harmonious way, she always integrates each movement into one graceful whole. And on top of that, she smiles! The Madhuri dancing smile is just irresistible, and I am going to make a wild leap of judgement and say maybe that is because she is a “semi-pro”. Dance wasn’t her whole world, ever, it was just something she did because she loved doing it.

Okay, let’s look at some of her dances!

“Chocolate Lime Juice” which you don’t think of as a “dance” because it isn’t formal or anything, but it is Madhuri dancing around and being happy all by herself and it is delightful.

This is a great song, but I especially love that Madhuri is dancing for another woman this time, not a man. “Badi Mushkil”

And the opposite, a song where she is a male fantasy! But somehow she is so vibrant and smiley and happy about it that it feels like a good fantasy, not an objectifying one or anything. “Dhak Dhak”

And here she is being sexy for a goose, “Ye Khoobsurat Badam”

Not every Madhuri song is sexy, but they are all FUN! Maybe that is why she goes so well with Salman. He isn’t the greatest dancer, but he always looks like he is having fun. “Namaste Namaste”

Okay, that’s all I’ve got! Put your “Madhuri songs that make me smile” in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Madhuri as a Dancer, Why She Makes Us Smile, and 5 Songs to Prove It

  1. I was going to suggest that you review Dil Tera Aashiq for your Madhuri week film, and now that you’ve posted a song from it, I think it’s fated. 🙂

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  2. I always think it’s a shame she barely worked with Govinda because their chemistry is great and they are almost on the same level for dancing (she’s a bit above him, sorry chichi), and when they move in sync it’s just very beautiful.

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    • Same level as dancers, but different styles and background, which I think makes for a better dance. Maybe that’s part of why Madhuri songs are so fun? She’s doing her Kathak thing, but her co-star is doing pop hip-hop disco stuff and the merging of the two is a kick.

      On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 8:14 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yeah, the other best one they did is more pop style and I think he performs slightly better than her in that, so they’re about evenly matched. Here he’s just slightly clumsier than she is though.

        Judging her by Govinda’s other best dance partners, I think it’s her great precision and expression, which is what makes her shine. But also she’s quite forceful so it doesn’t look weird in more pop style.

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    • Okay, break this down for me. Madhuri is pretending to be her older sister and, as her older sister, is complaining that her brother in law is a useless flirt. right?

      On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 11:11 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yes sort of..she keeps switching between herself and her older sister..but yes essentially saying that your brother-in-law is a useless flirt…
        In retrospect its so strange…she spent the entire baby shower singing about Salman and completely ignored the parents..

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