Belly dance has its origin in the Middle East; however it is now quite prevalent in different parts of the world including India. India has now made name into the world in field of belly dance due to some of its skilled and renowned belly dancers.
Today the competition among the Bollywood celebrities is very difficult and all of them try to attain his/her distinguishing position. They not just have to present best performance, but even should know how to entertain audience with this unique form of dancing. Right from historic time, belly dancing has been demonstrated in Bollywood films when Helen was used to be known as the dancing diva and continues to be a part of Bollywood songs as well as dance sequences.
Belly dancing is not that prevalent in Bollywood however there are a certain divas in this industry who have not just endeavoured it, but even accomplished to do an excellent job. Let’s have a look on this list of top 10 Best Bollywood Belly dancers of all time.
10. Zeenat Aman
Zeenat Aman got famous as belly dancer through her performance in The Great Gambler which was loved by spectators. She has applied all her skills and efforts to make this belly dance an exceptional piece. The movie in which she did belly dance even features superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The actress has been long known as a bold as well as hot celebrity of India and as a belly dancer of course. People believe that when its Zeenat Aman, nobody cares regarding the dance moves as far as she is exhibiting her hot body. Though not a very popular song, however “Raqqasa Mera Naam” also presented a few belly dancing moves, done by her.
Before few decades, Helen has been acknowledged as the dancing queen of her time. This famous Bollywood actress’ dance in the songs namely Mehbooba O Mehbooba from film-Sholay, and O Meri Jaan Main Ne Kaha from film-The Train has been greatly cherished. Initially, Helen was introduced to Arabic music when she was a very young girl by her Lebanese father named John Sleiman. His father is a gifted tabla player who has performed for many of the topmost dancers in Middle East and the UK.
While listening to father performing and watching the dancer’s moves, both live as well as on tv, Helen educated the skills of the art of belly dancing. Helen’s natural dance capability and knowledge of music have positioned her to become a talented performer and tutor of belly dance.
While glancing at her career, it is known that she has performed at several of the big dance festivals namely Majma, Raqs Britannia, Bellydance Mania and Oxford Bellydance Bonanza. Weekly classes in Bellydance, with Helen, are accessible in Swindon, as well as she can be observed performing in Hafla’s up and down the UK and in different shows.
8. Urmila Matondkar
It is known that Mehbooba O Mehbooba was originally a song in Bollywood in which Helen had performed. However the hot beauty, Urmila Matondkar reprised the character of Helen and got famed as belly dancer. Urmila’s slightly identical movements and belly dance performance was greatly appreciated in the remake of Sholay.
This Bollywood diva renowned for dance numbers like Kambakht Ishq, Chamma Chamma, and Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi. She states that dance is her life and she is excited about observing the imminent talent in India. She also adds that the moment when she hears the word dance, her eyes light up and she got transformed in great spirits. For her, belly dance is an appearance of her innermost self and the same comes to her quite naturally.
7. Malaika Arora
In Bollywood, Malaika Arora has been renowned as an Item Song Girl. This Bollywood diva has acknowledged her dancing skills through the famous song, Chaiyya Chaiyya. Malaika is stared dancing on the roof of the train with actor- Shah Rukh Khan. In her song from the film EMI, the actress elegantly blends belly dancing with some additionl other Bollywood moves. She is currently famous for her dancing performance in the songs namely Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Maahi Ve, Kaal Dhamaal and Munni Badnaam Hui.
6. Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat got renowned as a belly dancer through her belly dance performance in Mayya from the film entitled Guru. The performance has been really nice and it received positive response from viewers. Without complains, this actress’ belly dance performance is very hot and the choice of the appropriate costume as well as exhibiting that stomach makes an inspirational environment.
5. Rani Mukerji
Rani Mukerji is known all over the world because of her acting and beautiful looks. Apart from this, the Bollywood actress has proved herself to be an exceptional belly dancer in the number in Aiyya. Prior doing this performance, Rani educated belly dancing art from choreographer named Vaibhavi Merchant, and the result got was just superb. The belly dance by Rani received overwhelming positive response from audience.
4. Lara Dutta
Though Lara Dutta has not appeared in many movies, but whatever she contributed to Bollywood till date has been exceptional. Particularly her belly dancing steps with help of that flat belly and several great moves made the actress a recognized belly dancer today. You can see Lara’s exceptional belly dance in the movie Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.
3. Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor is known as a fashion icon of Bollywood and she has been one of the only female actresses who managed to acquire zero-size to appear hot and stunning. Kareena attempted belly dance performance in the song entitled Marjaani from Billu Barber film. She has put special efforts and skills for making this song an extraordinary piece. The actress’ gorgeous looks and perfect figure body are the answers to her successful career as dancer in Bollywood.
2. Deepika Padukone
Today, Deepika Padukone is a very hot and gorgeous actress of Bollywood known worldwide. This successful diva is acknowledged for her charming figure and astonishingly long height which helped her to be a best dancer. Her shiny hairs and belly dances have been the keys behind her stardom in the industry. Deepika proved her acting and dancing skills right from her very first movie entitled Om Shanti Om. This actress’ belly dance in Arabian-inspired track for Happy New Year, which is a movie starring Shah Rukh Khan, released in year 2015.
1. Katrina Kaif
The hit actress of film- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and different big movies, Katrina Kaif has inspired the viewers through her hot personality as well as sizzling dancing moves. She is a British cum Indian beauty who has long been dominating the Bollywood industry . Today, Katrina is the hottest and the most talented dancer of Bollywood topping this list.
The actress has proved her skills by dancing exceptionally well in the song entitled Sheila Ki Jawani. The song went super-hit and she has lost weight and got toned particularly for this hit song which was being choreographed by Farah Khan. After success from this song, Katrina’s belly dance moves became more dramatic in Chikini Chameli song before few years.
Katrina has also demonstrated her unique dancing skills in Mashallah: Ek tha Tiger. In recent era, it’s been Katrina who’s had acquired the chance to do few amazing numbers and exhibit her middle-eastern dancing skills in Bollywood. Most choreographers have noted that Katrina is very hard-working, patient, graceful and even has the perfect body essential for this form of dancing.
Belly dancing today have dominated most part of the India and world which attempts to entertain audience in unique way. The history of Indian cinema is established by some exceptional belly dancers mentioned here and the tradition is continued till date.