Meena Kumari, Madhuri Dixit, Rekha: These dancing queens made 'Mujra' famous in Bollywood

Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 17:09 | Nikita Wagh
  • Meena Kumari mujra

    Pakeezah (1972): 'Inhi logon ne' showed tragedy queen Meena Kumari at her best while 'Chalte chalte' became one of the unforgettable numbers in the genre.

  • Rekha mujra

    Umrao Jaan (1981): In the original 'Umrao Jaan' (1981), critics and audiences both surrendered to Rekha in the songs 'Dil cheez kya hai' and 'In aakhon ki masti'.

  • Rekha mujra

    Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978): Rekha stole hearts with her graceful rendition in the song 'Salaam-e-ishq'.

  • Madhubala mujra

    Mughal-e-Azam (1960): Madhubala's 'Anarkali' act in the classic 'Mughal-e-Azam' set new standards with her dancing to 'Pyaar kiya to darna kya'.

  • Vyjayanthimala mujra

    Devdas (1986): Vyjayanthimala set the ball rolling with her courtesan act in Bimal Roy's 'Devdas' (1956), especially with 'Ab aage teri marzi'.

  • Madhuri Dixit mujra

    Devdas (2002): In the role of Chandramukhi, the Kathak maestro 'dhak dhak girl' Madhuri Dixit took to the floor in the song 'Maar Daala'.

  • Rani Mukerji mujra

    Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005): Rani Mukerji managed to bring her own charm to the screen in the song 'Tumhari adaaon pe main vaari vaari'.

  • Aishwarya Rai mujra

    Umrao Jaan (2006): Emulating Rekha in a remake sounded like a mighty task, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made sure she held her own in this otherwise commercial dud in the song 'Salaam'.

  • Kangana Ranaut mujra

    Rajjo (2013): In this film based on the life of a prostitute, Kangana Ranaut does a classical 'mujra' in the song 'Kaleja hai haazir'.

  • Mahie Gill mujra

    Gulaal (2009): Mahie Gill was in severe distress due to a back injury during the shoot of this song 'Ranaji'. Regardless, she still shot for the sequence with a smile on her face and apparently wrapped up the shoot in eight hours flat.

  • Priyanka Chopra mujra

    Some modern-day versions of the 'mujra'...

    Ram Leela: Priyanka Chopra redefined the dance form in her cameo number 'Ram chahe leela' in the romantic drama, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

  • Kareena Kapoor mujra

    Agent Vinod: Bebo teamed up with Maryam Zakaria for this mujra-themed song in this spy thriller. Though the dance steps were far removed from the graceful moves in this song 'Dil mera muft ka', the overall setup passed it off as a tribute to the royal old days of mehfils and kothas.

  • Gauahar Khan mujra

    Ishaqzaade: Gauahar Khan who played a prostitute in the film, starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, did a fair job in the song 'Jhalla wallah' from this love saga.

  • Madhuri Dixit mujra

    Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Considered as Madhuri's comeback dance number to Bollywood, the song 'Ghagra' became an instant hit with the masses.

  • Aishwarya Rai mujra

    Bunty Aur Babli: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took a million breaths away when she shared the screen with Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan in the song 'Kajra re'.

  • Madhuri Dixit mujra

    Dedh Ishqiya: Madhuri Dixit Nene who plays Begum Para in this film performed another 'mujra' number in the film. After mesmerising audiences with 'Maar Dala' in Devdas in 2002, Madhuri cast her spell with a 'mujra' number in director Abhishek Chaubey's film in 'Apke Karar Mein' composed by filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, also the producer of the film.

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About The Gallery

It's Meena Kumari aka Mahjabeen Bano's death anniversary today. The first thing that comes to one's mind when you remember the tragedy queen is her wonderful and inspiring job in classic hit numbers 'Chalte Chalte', 'Inhi Logon Ne'! In her remembrance, we look at films that cashed in on the age-old dance form 'mujra' and portrayed our actresses in the role of a courtesan or 'nautch girl'.