The Evolution Of Cabaret In Bollywood!

The Evolution Of Cabaret In Bollywood!

Bollywood Martini Shots, Authors: Zinia Bandyopadhyay (Editorial Team) , http://www.desimartini.com/new...ood/article33540.htm

Bollywood is an industry that has everything in it. Besides Indian elements, we find western influences mixed homogeneously here.

Be it the subject, the songs or the dance, Bollywood has every element in it.

The speciality of the Bollywood industry is its songs and dances. And when we talk of dance, we find an amalgamation of a number of dance forms. 

There has been a recent craze in Bollywood about cabaret. The dance form, which is originally distinguished by its venue of performance, has been revamped when it came to Bollywood.

While the films in 40s,50s and 60s saw special cabaret dancers like Cuckoo, Helen and Aruna Irani, the later films saw the actresses of the movie performing a cabaret number with ease.

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Cuckoo Morey 

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Credited in films as Cuckoo, she was probably the first cabaret dancer that Indian cinema had. She was an Anglo-Indian dancer, who shot to fame in the 40s and 50s. She earned the title “rubber girl”, thanks to her moves. She established herself with the film Anokhi Ada. Her incredible skills made Cabaret She appeared on screen for the last time in 1963 alongside family friend Helen, whom she introduced in Bollywood in 1951. 

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Helen 

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Helen defined Cabaret in Bollywood. She got her big break in 1957 with the film Howrah Bridge. Her performance made her name synonymous to Cabaret dancing. She made a number of songs memorable like Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu, Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja, Yeh Mera Dil to name a few. She officially retired in 1983, but continued to make guest appearances in movies! 

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Faryal 

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The Indian-Arabian born in Syria stepped into Bollywood in 1965 with Zindagi Aur Maut. Her claim to fame was as the Cabaret dancer in The Jewel Thief. She was typecast as an excellent Cabaret dancer, something that she hated! In fact she never learnt dancing. She retired in 1984 after Gold Metal.

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Aruna Irani 

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She made her entry into Bollywood as a child artist but soon shot to fame as a cabaret dancer with her killing moves in Chadhti Jawani song from Caravan, which release in 1971. She was also an excellent actress. 

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