Priyanka, Helen, Bindu: Bollywood's HOTTEST Cabaret dancer? VOTE!
Priyanka Chopra has a go at a sensual cabaret dance in Gunday. Is she any good? Vote now!
Dance, in all its forms and moods, is an integral part of traditional Indian storytelling.
Back when the expression ‘item number’ wasn’t coined, Bollywood relied on the sizzle of Helen’s cabaret dance to spice up its potboilers. Quite a few have tried to emulate the dance icon and her brand of flamboyance since.
Priyanka Chopra is the latest hottie to join the ranks with her dazzling turn in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday.
What do you think? Yay or nay? Take this poll and vote for the most smouldering cabaret dancer of Hindi films at the end of this slide show.
Priyanka Chopra, Gunday
Marrying burlesque with Bollywood, a smoky-eyed PC sashays to the seductive beats of Asalaam-e-Ishqum around aesthetics that pay unmistakable tribute to the glittery Jazz age.
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Image: Priyanka Chopra in Gunday
Kareena Kapoor Khan, Talaash
Though the video of Muskaanein Jhoothi Hain was solely created as part of the movie’s promotion, it’s much too stunning to be left behind.
Kareena Kapoor recreates old Hollywood glamour with her ruby red lips, Veronica Lake hair, a slinky scarlet gown and seductive, very seductive moves.
Image: Kareena Kapoor Khan in Talaash
Sarah-Jane Dias, Game
Sarah-Jane Dias made her debut with the forgettable Game but is expected to bounce back with Happy New Year and Oh Teri.
Though Game fizzled, the pretty model oozes oomph Lady Marmalade style for its cabaret, Mehki Mehki.
Image: Sarah-Jane Dias in Game
Mallika Sherawat, Guru
Mallika Sherawat isn’t making waves any longer but she sure attracted attention for all the right reasons following her exotic temptress act in Mani Ratnam’s Mayya Mayya.
Image: Mallika Sherawat in Guru
As the face that epitomises evergreen glamour, Rekha sparkles as the experienced, elegant attraction of a vintage nightclub wondering Kaisi Paheli Zindagani in Pradeep Chandra’s adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Parineeta.
Image: Rekha in Parineeta
Madhuri Dixit, Khel
'Mujhko chaand laake do,' demands a super sexy, super flirty Madhuri Dixit in a super tight sequinned outfit like only she can in the scorching Idli Doo cabaret ditty from Khel.
Image: Madhuri Dixit in Khel
Parveen Babi, Namak Halal
Parveen Babi may not have much of a role to speak of in Namak Halal.
Even then the stunner attracts attention in her sleek, glitzy avatar as the cabaret dancer who teases with her innate sensuality in the foot-tapping Jawaani Jaaneman and Raat Baaki.
Image: Parveen Babi in Namak Halal
Zeenat Aman, The Great Gambler
Zeenat Aman’s hour glass figure shimmers in the most tantalising fashion to achieve two targets -- introduce herself as Raqqasa Mera Naam and justify her sex symbol reputation.
She does that yet again with élan in The Great Gambler’s Tum Kitne Din Baad Mile and O Diwane Dil Sambhalo.
Image: Zeenat Aman in The Great Gambler
Sharmila Tagore, An Evening in Paris
Long before it became standard for heroines to perform cabarets numbers on screen, an elfin Sharmila Tagore flaunts her curves in a glittery, feathery ensemble to set the floor on fire with Zuby Zuby in An Evening in Paris.
Image: Sharmila Tagore in An Evening in Paris
Bindu, Kati Patang
'Mera Naam Hai Shabnam,' yelps a voluptuous Bindu unleashing a raw, unabashed sexiness while persuasively gyrating to Kati Patang’s enticing ditty in a snugs bodysuit.
The upshot is an amused Rajesh Khanna and a mortified Asha Parekh.
Image: Bindu in Kati Patang
Fishnet stockings, green eye shadow, cat-eyeliner, glam bling, a shimmering outfit, a bold striptease interlude that neither reveals nor conceals and a breathless Helen responding to a voice yelling out, Monica Darling.
The scorching Queen of Cabaret shows how it’s done in the ever-so-iconic Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja from Caravan.
Image: Helen in Caravan