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Bollywood's 10 BEST Dance-offs!

Last updated on: October 21, 2014 18:06 IST

Lauren Gottileb in Anybody Can Dance

Before Shah Rukh Khan and his Happy New Year team wins us over with their dancing skills, read this.

Song and dance is the heartbeat of Bollywood masalas.

And sometimes, filmmakers use it as a plot device to generate spice and sizzle in the story.

In Farah Khan’s Diwali offering Happy New Year, the choreographer-turned-director sets her heist plot against an international dance competition wherein her leading stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah are part of a troupe that rocks to the beats of Indiawaale.

While we keenly anticipate the glitzy entertainment HNY will unleash, here’s a look at Bollywood’s depiction of dance-offs in the movies.

ABCD-Any Body Can Dance

Lauren Gottileb in ABCD-Any Body Can Dance

Image: Lauren Gottileb in ABCD-Any Body Can Dance

Dance is the focus of all attention in the runaway hit directed by choreographer Remo D’Souza and starring ace hot stepper Prabhu Dheva as the dance mentor of a group of young underdogs to accomplish the film’s motto and an electrifying win at the said Dance Dil Se competition.

Student of the Year

Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in Student Of The Year

Image: Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in Student Of The Year

In Karan Johar’s high-school fantasy, part of the curriculum requires Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt to prove their dancing skills against Disco Deewane to nab the coveted ‘Student of the Year’ trophy.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Shah Rukh Khan juggles between boring husband and bratty dance partner to win over young bride Anushka Sharma, under the pretext of rehearsing for a local dance contest Dancing Jodi, in the Aditya Chopra romance Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Image: Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Shaad Ali’s musical Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is so consumed by its magnificent soundtrack it completely forgets about that thing called plot. Instead what you get is a forced but fabulous dance off between Team Bobby-Preity and Team Abhishek-Lara.

Lafangey Parindey

Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone in Lafangey Parindey

Image: Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone in Lafangey Parindey

In Lafangey Parindey, Neil Nitin Mukesh’s street style boxer pairs up with Deepika Padukone in a blind avatar to skate dance for the sake of an all-important dance completion judged by the likes of Juhi Chawla and Javed Jaffrey. No prizes for guessing who wins.

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

Aamir Khan in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

Image: Aamir Khan in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

Who can forget the cutthroat rivalry between the Rajputs, Queens and Model School’s Pajamachaaps as they set the stage on fire with one boogie-woogie session after another? And for once, it’s the spoilt kids (Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi) who beat the good guys (Aamir Khan, Mamik).

Khoon Bhari Maang

Sonu Walia and Rekha in Khoon Bhari Maang

Image: Sonu Walia and Rekha in Khoon Bhari Maang

Rekha and Sonu Walia engage in a sexy game of one-upmanship to find favour in Kabir Bedi’s eyes in Rakesh Roshan’s revenge drama, Khoon Bhari Maang in the amusing shimmy contest, Main Haseena Ghazab Ki.

Rocky

Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in Rocky

Image: Shakti Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in Rocky

Rahul Dev Burman’s Aa Dekhen Zara is synonymous with that bubbling feeling of rivalry, amply demonstrated by Sanjay Dutt and Reena Roy up against Shakti Kapoor and Tina Munim in the star son’s adult debut, Rocky.

Amrapali

Madhvi and Vyajaynthimala in Amrapali

Image: Madhvi and Vyajaynthimala in Amrapali

Even Lekh Tandon’s lavish period drama doesn’t hold back in showcasing a classical dance off between two sensational dancers Vyjayanthimala and Madhvi vying for the designation of Rajnrityaki in the 1966 film, Amrapali.

Dr Vidya

Helen and Vyjayanthimala in Dr Vidya

Image: Helen and Vyjayanthimala in Dr Vidya

Two of Bollywood’s most revered dancers Vyjayanthimala and Helen aren’t the least insecure to tease each other in Dr Vidya’s thrilling, lengthy contest Aaye Haye Dilruba.

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