The nine day festivities of Navratri start tomorrow, and as dandiya fervour kicks in, here's our list of our favourite Navratri moments from Hindi cinema:
Dholi Taaro (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam): Who could forget the then-couple, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan, as they danced their way to the hit number of 'Dholi Taaro' in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. The song was a super hit and is still played at many navratri events.
Sabse Bada Naam (Suhaag): The 1979 blockbuster movie 'Suhaag' saw both Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha dance their way to the groovy navratri beats of 'Sabse Bada Naam'. The song was more of a devotional tune but the catchy beats courtesy the musical duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, made it a hit with listeners.
Disco Dandiya (Love, Love, Love): Actors Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla were seen playing dandiya to different beats in the movie 'Love Love Love'. The concept of disco during dandiya was novel at the time but soon caught on at several dandiya events. No prizes for guessing the music director responsible for this one - our own desi disco king, Bappi Lahiri.
Ghoonghat Main Chand (Khoobsurat): Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar starrer 'Khoobsurat' featured a Navratri-themed song 'Ghoonghat Main Chand'. Even though the movie did not fare well at the box-office, the song is a firm favourite with all those who play dandiya every year.
Oh Re Gori (Aap Mujhe Acche Lagne Lage): This song from the movie 'Aap Mujhe Acche Lagne Lage' featured the then-hot onscreen couple of Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel, dancing to the dandiya beat. The movie was a turkey at the box-office, and this one song was perhaps the only thing the flick's remembered for.
Yehi Hai Pyaar (Aa Ab Laut Chalen): Rishi Kapoor's directorial venture 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen' released in 1999 and saw actors Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai take centerstage. The song 'Yehi hai pyaar' showed a timid Akshaye trying to perform the dandiya raas with Suman Ranganathan.
Chand Aaya Hai (Dil Hi Dil Mein): 'Dil Hi Dil Mein', the Hindi remake of the Tamil movie 'Kadhalar Dhinam' (1999), had particularly uplifting music if not inspiring performances. The song 'Chand Aaya Hai' was also a foot-tapping dandiya number, composed by none other than the musical genius, AR Rahman.
Dola Dola (Bride and Prejudice): Gurinder Chadha's 'Bride and Prejudice' saw Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson shake a leg to dandiya beats. It's too bad that Ash's second time around in a Navratri themed song couldn't get audiences excited, though the colourful sets were certainly very much like the large opulent dandiya maidans that dot cities at this time.
Gunji Aangna Mein Shehnai (Life Partner): There's precious little that this movie was worth, save for one song where Fardeen Khan and Tusshar Kapoor slip on their dancing shoes, and play dandiya with their on-screen beaus, Genelia D'souza and Prachi Desai.