The pleasing, breathtaking and fantastic music of Bollywood gets meaning when they are used for outlandish dance numbers. These Sur and
Taal goes hand-in-hand. A flick of three hours goes boring without wonderful songs and exotic dance. If Hrithik Roshan is an astounding dancer then the choreographers like
Remo Dsouza; Bosco-Ceaser;
Ganesh Acharya (few to name) are the artisans behind those mind-blowing moves. When a dance number becomes a hit, it is not only the actor/dancer who made it smashing but the sensational moves, steps and hard work of a choreographer too.
Listed down are Top 10 Choreographers of Bollywood who not only gave some hit dance numbers, but gave whole new level and standard of dancing:
Saroj Khan aka Master ji :
Master Ji is addressed as one of the ace and prominent dance choreographers in Hindi Cinema. She started off her career as assistant choreographer and later established herself as independent and is one of the renowned choreographers. She has said to be choreographed more than 200 films and several dance shows like
Boogie Woogie, "
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 3"and
Nach Baliye. She is been the person behind those graceful moves of divas from ‘
Madhuri Dixit. Her well-known dance numbers are Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from movie ‘Beta’, Naa Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai from movie ‘Chaalbaaz’, Choli Kee Piche Kya Hai from movie ‘
Khalnayak’, Dola Re Dola from ‘
Devdas’ (2000) for which she won National Film Award for best choreography. She has won two more national awards for best choreography, Eight Filmfare awards for best choreography and also international awards in arena for best choreography. She is the first female choreographer of Bollywood and highly admired for her true talent of grasping the lyrics and bringing out the sensations through her choreography. She is, was and will always be remembered for her outstanding contribution in the field of dance and dancing.
We love contemporary dance form and the one who is the pioneer of this dance form is Shiamak Davar. He is the one who gave western forms of dances to India. His journey in Bollywood started with movie "
Dil To Pagal Hai", which fetched him President’s National Award for best choreography. He is the one who choreographs all the dance acts of several actors and celebrities for stage events like IIFA and Filmfare awards. His mind-boggling choreography is not limited only to Bollywood but he has been the Director of Choreography for 2006 and 2010 Common Wealth Games closing ceremonies in both Delhi as well as Melbourne. Our favorite Bollywood stars
Sushant Singh Rajput and
Shahid Kapoor were the members of Shiamak Davar’s dance company. His brilliant choreography and dance moves were seen in movies like ‘Taal’, ‘Kisna’,
Bunty Aur Babli, “
Dhoom 2”, ‘
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" and ‘
Aladdin’. Shiamak Davar is said to have changed the way dance was perceived in India.
Vaibhavi Merchant started off her career as an actor but destiny had stored in something else for her. She is among those who just came, saw and conquered the industry with their immense talent. Being the granddaughter of famous Bollywood choreographer Shri B. Hiralal Ji, she was oath to enter the Bollywood. She in her early days assisted her uncle
Chinni Prakash, one of the renowned choreographers. Her first break as an independent choreographer was the song Dhol Baaje from movie "
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", for which she was awarded National Film Award for best choreography. She has also choreographer O Ri Chhori song from movie ‘
Lagaan’, Kajra Re song from movie Bunty Aur Babli that fetched her quite a lot of awards. She has always been the flavor of the season. She has an unfailing taste of dance and this is what makes her the best. She received excellent reviews for her choreography in the movie
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. She has also judged several Indian television shows for dance among them are “Nach Baliye Season 3”, “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 3”, “
Zara Nachke Dikha Season 2” and
Just Dance. Her other works include movies like Devdas, ‘
Dhoom’, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Veer Zaara,
Aaja Nachle, “
Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and many more. She has choreographed our beautiful heroines’ right from Madhuri Dixit to
Anushka Sharma. She is considered to be the most favorite and best choreographers of our generation and she would surely continue to shine bright in the industry and would grace this diligence with her wonderful talent.
4. Ganesh Acharya
The one who knows all the techniques of dance and is the most versatile – Master Ganesh Acharya is the man behind those sizzling moves of
Katrina Kaif in the song Chikni Chameli from the movie ‘
Agneepath’. He has proved that you need not be skinny to be a dancer. He began his vocation as a choreographer at 19. His first break as a choreographer was in movie ‘Anaam’ (1992) at the age of 21. Ganesh Acharya kissed the success in year 2006 when he choreographed in five super hit films –
Rang De Basanti, ‘
Phir Hera Pheri and "
Lage Raho Munna Bhai". The list also includes movies like ‘
Bodyguard’ and ‘
Singham’. He is the man behind all dance numbers done by ‘
Govinda’. He won the 61st National Award for best choreography at for his thrive for song Maston Ka Jhund from the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. His style is purely Bollywood and hip hitting masala moves. He moves so elegantly that one can go woozy on it easily.
Queen of thumkas, latkas and jatkas; the ace choreographer Farah Khan began her career with choreographing for the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Her inspiration is said to be none other than the King of Pop dance
Michael Jackson. She has choreographed dance routines in over 80 films and over hundred songs. International dance projects like Marigold: An Adventure in India,
Monsoon Wedding and Chinese film Perhaps Love were directed by her. She is also a successful director with films like “
Main Hoon Na”,
Om Shanti Om and latest one which was a hit too is
Happy New Year. She has bagged six Filmfare awards for best choreography. She has earned many other awards for her work in movies like Student Of The Year, “
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “
Dabangg 2”, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,
Dil Chahta Hai and many more. She has judged many Indian television dance shows few of them are "
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 1", Nach Baliye and Just Dance. She has gained success and still continues to excel with her hard-work.
6. Remo Dsouza
Have you ever noticed him dancing behind
Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Pardes’ or
Urmila Matondkar in ‘
Rangeela’ Movie? I am sure you haven’t but today world knows him. Remo Dsouza initially started off as background dancer, but later on he went on to become one of the most loved and demanded choreographers in the industry. He is known to be the Hip Hop Guru of industry. The first break of Remo Dsouza for the song Ishq Samundar from the movie ‘
Kaante’ gave him immense success and from that day there is no looking back for Remo Dsouza. His charming moves made him achieve success. He has choreographed in more than hundred movies. He is the director of movies like F.A.L.T.U, ABCD, “
ABCD 2”, and "
A Flying Jatt", which are also choreographed by him. He won four awards (Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, IIFA Awards and Star Guild Awards) best choreographer for the song
Badtameez Dil from the movie “
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. He also won Stardust Award for best Choreography for the film ABCD 2. He also gained Screen Award for the song Sunn Saathiya from the movie ABCD 2. He is among those choreographers who have earned National Film Award for Best choreography in 63rd
National Film Awards for the song Deewani Mastani from movie
Bajirao Mastani. He has done dance shows like “
Dance India Dance Season 1”, “
Dance India Dance Season 2”, “
Dance India Dance Season 3”, “
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5”, “
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6”, “
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 7”, Dance India Dance Doubles,
Dance Ke Superstars and “
Dance Plus Season 1”, “
Dance Plus Season 2”. He is admired by all the aspiring dancers and we look forward to have great dance moves from him in future as he is one the rising star of this glamorous industry.
Bosco Martis - Caeser Gonsalves
Bosco-Ceaser, the famous duo is remembered for their marvelous choreography for the song Senorita from the movie “
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. The duo started off their career as background dancers. In 1994, they started off as independent choreographers and went on choreographing several stage shows and TV commercials. The TV commercial with
Sachin Tendulkar helped them bag ‘
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “
Mission Kashmir” in 2000. They have worked jointly on 200 songs in over 75 movies. They have their own dance classes in Mumbai, Brampton, Phoolbagan and Salt Lake in Kolkata and Scarborough. They together shared 59thNational Award for best choreography for the song Senorita from the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. They have judged TV dance shows like
Fame Gurukul and "Chak Dhoom Dhoom". Bosco Martis was recently seen judging dance reality show on &TV i.e. "
So You Think You Can Dance" by Endemol Shine India. They have won Filmfare Award for Chor Bazari from the movie
Love Aaj Kal in 2010, Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2011 and Aunty Ji from “
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” in 2012. In 2010, they won IIFA award for best choreography for the song Aunty Ji from the movie Love Aaj Kal. They are truly elite choreographers and future dance icons of India.
Ahmed Khan debuted in industry as a child artist in ‘
Shekhar Kapur’s Mr. India and now he has grown up to be one of the prominent choreographers in Bollywood. He started his career as choreographer by choreographing movies like Taal, Rangeela and many others. He is known for his work in movies like ‘
Ghajini’ and ‘
Kick’. He has judged dance reality show “Dance India Dance Lil Masters Season 3”. He started his journey as a Director by directing Lakeer- Forbidden Lines in 2004 starring
John Abraham. In 2007, he directed another movie Fool n Final starring
Sunny Deol and Shahid Kapoor. He also owns a production house Paperdoll Entertainment. He has won many awards like Filmfare best Choreography for Rangeela in 1995, Screen Awards for best choreographer for Kick in 2015, IIFA Award for Kick in 2015, Filmfare best choreography award for Kick in 2015, SICA Award for ‘
Heropanti’. His excellent work can be seen in movies like Kick for the song Jumme Ki Raat, ‘
Hero’ for the song Dance Ke legend, O Khuda, movie ‘
Phantom’ for the song Afghan Jalebi and many more. He has evolved as greatest dance directors of India.
Ganesh Hegde is pioneer of item numbers in Bollywood. He has done choreography for films like Lagaan, ‘
Don’, Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, ‘
Company’ and many more. He is also a wonderful singer. He has choreographed many stage shows and Bollywood rock concerts. He has done several item numbers like, Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo from the movie ‘
Dum’, Khallas from the movie Company and Mast Mahaul Mein Jeene De from the movie ‘Fiza’. He has judged television dance reality show “
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 8” and “
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 9”. He has achieved Bollywood Movie Award for Best Choreography for Fiza and Zee Cine Award for best choreography for the movie
Koi Mil Gaya.
Dance Ka Deva Prabhu Deva is also known as Indian Michael Jackson. He got inspired by his father, ace choreographer
Mugur Sundar. He first started as choreographer in South by choreographing Vetri Vizha in 1989. He has since choreographed over 99 movies. He has changed the way of dancing with his own range of style and has won Two National Awards for best choreography. In Hindi cinema he has choreographed movies like ‘
Rowdy Rathore, "
Singh Is Bling" and ‘
Rajkumar’. He is the only choreographer who is famous all over the nation and all other language cinemas in South. His most popular dance performance is Muqala Muqabala. He is, was and will always remain God of Dance and one of the highly respected among all inspiring Dancers. He has a talent of making anyone groove.
Bollywood is a pool of brilliant choreographers and all these above mentioned have designed and molded the existing choreographing outlook of Indian Film Industry. Their contribution will always be treasured and the world of entertainment and dance will always bow down to them for being incredible source of inspiration to all aspiring dancers.