The Hindi film industry is devoid of a distinctive style of dance, says dancing queen and actor Madhuri Dixit, who feels Bollywood has become a melting pot of all forms of the art.
“I think Bollywood is an amalgam of all dance styles. Bollywood has no style of its own. The style is a cliche. There are so many dance styles all over the world and we get to see them all in one song itself. So this is Bollywood’s specialty,” Madhuri said in an interview.
“As soon as new styles come in, like hip-hop is becoming popular now, you see dancers amalgamating it into our own dancing. The dance forms get a Bollywood twist and it becomes a new style. So Bollywood is always incorporating not just Indian and folk, but western dances too,” she added.
Madhuri, who feels it is an “exciting” time for Bollywood, is credited with dance hits like “Humko Aaj Kal Hai”, “Dhak Dhak”, “Ek Do Teen”, “Que Sera Sera”, “Kaahe Chhed Mohe” and “Aaja Nachle”, showcasing the variety she is capable of.
The diva took a break from showbiz when she married US-based surgeon Sriram Nene and shifted to Denver from Mumbai to start a family. Now she is back in tinsel town for good, and judges the dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5”.
On the small screen, she was last seen on the judge’s seat in “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4”, and she admits “TV is an immediate way to get in touch with your fans. Thousands of households have a TV and it is great to be in so many houses at a time. It’s so wonderful.”
The 45-year-old is also ready for her new innings in Bollywood with two films – Anubhav Sinha’s Gulab Gang and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya, and she is upbeat about both projects.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2012.
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