Slightly Classical, Mega Awesome!

Chiru as Shiva

Happy Megabirthday!

One of the (many) things I love about Chiranjeevi is his willingness to take on any style of choreography and to perform it as best he can. I am particularly fond of his many classically influenced dances. He may not have classical technique, but he can still be compelling and entertaining as he gives it his all.  Plus there are usually excellent outfits.  Here are a few of my favourites.

This clip from Subhalekha is a nice sample of straight up attempts to master the choreography. Not all equally successful, but visually pleasing nonetheless. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d buy an Allwyn fridge if it came with a svelte Chiru draped over it!

Chiru as mild mannered dance teacher versus the determination of Jayamalini and Jyotilakshmi. Ladies, I understand your motivation if not your wardrobe choices. (Enjoy the dancing, and don’t read the comments).

Tempted from his meditation by Madhavi, Chiranjeevi transforms into a blingy dancing vision (with sparkly sandals). (From Khaidi, 1983)

Sometimes the classical moments can be a bit surprising. A glimpse of Kathak styling (at 3m 20s) in this appropriately birthday themed song from Big Boss.

And even less explicable – but this song does bear out Chiranjeevi’s fearless attitude to dance and sequins.

Chiru looks amazing as Shiva, with smouldering eyes and strong physical presence. He moves with fluid purpose and intensity in this clip from Aapathbandavudu when Shiva attacks his enemies (around 5 min). His appearance as Shiva in Sri Manjunatha was less appealing, but I blame some of that on uninspired choreography. There are clips on Youtube if you’re keen.

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And then there’s one of the sillier tandavs in terms of costume, choreography and dishooming sound effects, but I love it.  (From Sivudu Sivudu Sivudu)

And while I’m on the subject of Chiru in lycra bike shorts, I can’t help but recall this. Snake dances are classics too!

What are your favourites? Share the links, share the love 🙂

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