Playlist: Sridevi's most memorable songs over the years, from 'Naino Me Sapna' to 'Navrai Majhi'
After Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rahman and Hema Malini, it was Sridevi who held the torch of dancing divas in Bollywood, high and bright.
Sridevi was the ultimate desire: Men fantasised about her, women wanted to be her. There was no doubt that during the 1980s and the 1990s, much before the Madhuri Dixit madness, if there was one name that guaranteed footfalls in theatres, it was indeed Sridevi's. She was the first female superstar of Bollywood, so much so that she was called the 'female Amitabh Bachchan' in the showbiz.
Sridevi could act, she could dance and she could look the ethereal diva she was, every time. After Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rahman and Hema Malini, it was Sridevi who held the torch of dancing divas in Bollywood. She also carried the legacy of south Indian actresses who made it big in the Hindi film industry with their charm and impeccable dancing skills.
Here's a look at some of her all-time hit dance numbers.
Naino Me Sapna:
If there was a film that opened doors for Sridevi's commercial film career, it was Himmatwala co-starring Jeetendra. Those were also the days when women on-screen began to be objectified like never before, and hence Sridevi was also not spared. While 'Jumping Jack' Jeetendra danced to Naino Me Sapna wearing his quintessential white boots, Sridevi grooved to the beats in a flashy 'apsara' costume flaunting her 'Thundering Thighs' — the phrase coined to describe her thighs.
Main Teri Dushman, Dushman Tu Mera:
Sridevi made waves at the box-office as the 'ichhadhaari naagin' with serpentine eyes, wearing a white lehenga and dancing to the tunes of a 'been' (Indian music instrument used primarily by snake charmers). Suddenly, every function in the country had to have this song played and every girl wanted to strike the 'naagin' pose and dance to the song.
Hawa Hawai, Kate Nahi Kat Te:
With Mr India, Sridevi became the official "No 1" actress in India. While undoubtedly her Charlie Chaplin act is a memorable part from the Shekhar Kapur directorial, Sridevi's dance numbers in the film are touchstones in Bollywood. She frolicked and danced candidly to the tunes of 'Hawa Hawai' — making her audience tap their feet (even today) — and at the same time grooved as a seductress donning a blue chiffon saree in the song 'Kate Nahi Kat Te'.
Mere Haathon Mein:
Sridevi's song from the film Chandni, remains one of the most-played Indian wedding songs ever. Her dress, hair hairstyle and of course the 'choodiyans' (bangles) became a rage in the 1990s. It was also one of those Yash Raj dance songs that reflected the true-blue Indian celebration spirit, as in the later songs from the films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai and Mohabbatein.
Na Jane Kahan Se Aayi Hai:
Sridevi's comic timing is often considered one of the best in Bollywood. Saroj Khan, who has choreographed many chart-busters of Sridevi's luminous career, said in an interview with rediff.com that the late actress liked comedy songs. With rain poring in, Sridevi donning a transparent raincoat and a transparent umbrella even today, remains an iconic Bollywood rain-dance track.
Chudiyan Khanak Gayeen
We Indians love to dance, don't we? Yash Chopra's film Lamhe, inspite of failing at the box-office, remains one of the filmmakers most critically-acclaimed films of all time. The song, 'Chudiyan Khanak Gayeen' is voiced by none other than Lata Mangeshkar and Ila Arun, and Sridevi's dance in the sand dunes at night is iconic.
Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le
Though this song, unlike others, has no dancing and singing involved, it is a heartwarming song from the late actress' yet another iconic film — at the very start of her Bollywood career — Sadma. This Kamal Haasan starrer, till date, remains one of Sridevi's most memorable performances.
Har Kisiko Nahi Milta
Such was the charm of Sridevi during the 1980s that just her guest appearance made for most of a film. One example of the diva's phenomenon is Janbaaz (1986) and the song 'Har Kisiko Nahi Milta', featuring Sridevi in a magenta chiffon saree along with a standing mic at a beach. The song is one of the most-popular songs of the 1980s.
Tu Mujhe Kabool
Although Sridevi-Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Khuda Gawa was touted to be the one of the most lucrative film prospects — featuring Bollywood's two biggest names of the 1980s — i flopped miserably at the box office. But this song has been remade and caricatured a numerous times, and is a so-bad-that-it's-actually-good track.
Who said actresses in Bollywood have a limited shelf life? Sridevi made a staggering comeback with Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish. Sridevi's character in the film and the song 'Navrai Majhi' (a Marathi traditional song) is a delightful watch and soulful track to listen to.
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