Devdas, 2002 hit box office movie is still being remembered by a lot of people. An Aishwarya Rai’s and Madhuri Dixit’s dance face-off on the famous song Dola Re Dola from the movie has been voted the greatest Bollywood number of all time in a new UK poll released on Friday. Dola Re Dola was the famous hit song from Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed famous film Devda. The song was choreographed by Saroj Khan. The songs beat tough competition from dance numbers across the decades to top a new list published by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper. The song was on a top for years when it came in the industry.
While Dola Re Dola came on the first place, Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from the 1960 classic Mughal-E-Azam came in at second place and another Madhuri Dixit’s iconic routines, Ek Do Teen from 1998 film Tezaab came at the third place in the list of 50 Greatest Dance Numbers. The voting was based on public votes, cinematic impact, choreography, staging and opinions of dance experts.
Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye entertainment editor, who collated the top 50 said, “With Bollywood being built on a bedrock of music, dance has become an integral part of Hindi cinema across the decades and the given audiences unforgettable moments. The perfect Bollywood number needs an amazing set, incredible choreography, wonderful dancers, shining stars, beautiful costumes and a larger than life feel. It also needs to be stand out moment in the film and Dola Re Dola has all that and more.”
The fourth place was bagged by Hrithik Roshan’s Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and the legendary Vyjayanthimala song Honthon Pe Aisi Baat from Jewel Thief complete the list of top 5 songs.
Nazir said, “The sheer variety in the list shows that Bollywood hasn’t just led the world with musicals, but with dance also. There is everything from Indian classical to western contemporary to out of the box ideas like a dance on the top of a train. The list also shows how much dance has been used as a form of expression and liberation.”