When you watch Madhuri Dixit dancing on screen, your world momentarily comes to a halt. She is one of those danseuse-actors, who almost compels you to stop what you are doing and stare at her when she performs one of her screen numbers. Watching her in the semi-classical number Tabaah Ho Gaye from Abhishek Varman’s Kalank had exactly that bring-things-to-a-halt-effect on the media persons who were invited to the preview of the number.
Easily one of the most accomplished dancers of Bollywood, the yesteryear diva combines grace with dexterity in a Kathak-based number choreographed by Saroj Khan.
If this one has more restrained movements than Maar Dala from Devdas (2002), it is because, her character, Bahar Begum in Kalank is an introvert. MD says, “We had to really think about this aspect. The character of Bahar Begum is so strong and guarded that we couldn’t go overboard even when she is dancing. It was like walking a tightrope of emotions. We couldn’t be too subtle nor could we try a Devdas kind of stance where she (Chandramukhi) could really let go. It had to be razor-sharp.”