Thursday, November 30, 2006

Best Dancers in Tamil Cinema

While I was watching Saravana recently and looking at how good Simbu was dancing, it struck me that it would be a good idea to list my favorite dancers in Tamil cinema and rank them too, may be the top 5. Thus formed was this post. Before the youth brigade came into the field, whenever I saw the choreography in Hindi movies, I used to think how badly we lag behind them in that field. But now that these young heroes have come into the picture and have performed pretty admirably, I no longer feel bad as we are definitely at par with them as far as choreography goes.

Anyway, for the purpose of coming up with this list, I have to leave out Prabhu Deva (and the other dance masters who have acted as heroes) bcos of the obvious reason he is a dance master by profession and so no matter even if he had acted as a hero in a handful of movies, he is still considered to be a dance master by yours truly. And then there is no place for any of the elder generation actors in my list bcos I think that none of them really mastered the art of dancing. Kamal was pretty good in classical dances (like he showed us in Salangai Oli) but he was just comical when it came to disco/ break dancing and if not for Prabhu Deva, we would have been blindly thinking that what Kamal did in the name of dancing was what dancing was all about :) So, now to the list

5) Jeyam Ravi
He is someone who was groomed to be a hero from his childhood days and hence it came as no surprise that he is very good at dancing. The fact that inspite of his tall and well-built physique, he dances pretty well is a testimony to the effort he puts in. Though he has very few movies to his credit, the promise he has shown is enough to convince me to place him at number 5 in the list. The introduction song in Idhaya Thirudan, among many others, is a good proof of his dancing skills.

4) Surya
He is easily the most-improved of the lot. Nobody can forget the way he started his career in movies, with that amateurish & forgettable dance steps in Nerukku Ner. In fact, during those days, his steps in Aval varuvaalaa were actually the butt of ridicule in skits in college festivals. But if someone who had not seen him 5 years back, were to take a look at him now, he will never believe if we show him the videos of Nerukku Ner songs. Such has been his amazing transformation. I first noticed his improved dancing in an obscure movie called Perianna. I was like "Isn’t that Surya?" I had to look twice to make myself believe. Then came Friends where he had almost matched the best in the industry - Vijay. And he has only continued to improved to this date. But having said all that, I still have to admit that he has this certain artificialness to his dancing, which will always place him behind the other dancers in the list. He is more of a choreographer’s dancer since he does exactly what the dance master instructs him to do. You can see that clearly in his dancing in the Ghajni songs.

3) Bharath
This guy is such a natural, when it comes to dancing. Though he stood out clearly among the 'Boys', the disaster of the movie at the box-office did not help his cause. But I have been following his dancing exploits, in every movie of his form then on. He danced his heart out in the songs of 4 Students and in movies like Pattiyal and AIBI, his dancing just became phenomenal. I will even say that he is the most natural of all the actors in this list but just bcos he has not too many movies to his credit, I am placing him at number 3.

2) Simbu
Inspite of all the silly & irritating things he does (I haven't even watched Vallavan yet), I have a soft corner for Simbu, for no apparent reason. I have asked myself the same question as to why I like him and I have never been able to come up with a convincing answer. And the one thing I admire most about this guy is his dancing. He is just too good. He is probably the best when it comes to doing really fast and complex steps. There is this one step that he dances in Saravana which just made me go "Wow.." Even in that useless film called Kaadhal Azhivadhillai, his dancing stood out for me. Like batsmen in cricket, actors in movies get more matured & better as their experience increases and hence I expect him to only get better.

1) Vijay
This should have be a no-brainer for most of us who watch Tamil cinema but wasn’t an easy decision for me bcos I have always thought that Simbu is as good a dancer as Vijay. The reasoning my thinking is this: if we compare the way how Vijay used to dance during his early days or his first 10 movies (which is how many movies Simbu would have done till now) with what Simbu is doing now, I am sure most of us would agree that Simbu is the better dancer. But I am giving it to Vijay just bcos of the fact that he has carried forward pretty well and to this date, dancing remains his forte and unfortunately, the only thing he is good at it. A majority portion of the songs in my list of most favorite dance songs, has Vijay in it. The Macareena song in Kushi, Aal thotta Bhoopathi in Youth, Saraku vachirukken in Shahjahan, Coca cola brown color-da in Bagavathi, the list is endless with full of Vijay songs.

There you go with the list of the best dancers in Tamil cinema. So, now to you guys. Agree/ disagree with the list? Any honorable mentions that I mssed out?



Blogger Bharani said...

correct listing filbert...

even i was surprised when i saw surya in that nilave nilave song....then he did good job in povellam...neenga sonna madhiri andha artificiality innum iruku...esp in the sutrum vizhi song :)

somehow i doesnt like simbhu.....and vijay is my fav in dancing :)

11:06 PM, November 30, 2006  
Blogger மீனாக்ஸ் | Meenaks said...

I agree with Vijay being the best dancer. But you could have given better examples. "Coca cola brown colour da" doesn't have much decent steps and it is a free-for-all most of the time. You could have listed "Dhaam thakka Dheem thakka" which is his best dance piece so far. Even "appadi podu" from Gilli would be much better than some of the songs you have listed.

3:32 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger மீனாக்ஸ் | Meenaks said...

Your lists are mostly hero-focussed. Would like you to do a "heroine list" some time. On whatever topic you like.

3:35 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Really good list filbert..

And it is great work by surya to reach this 4th place..As you said Still I remember the Aval varuvaala song in NN movie

8:05 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger Andrew said...

I don't agree with Surya... Dhanush has to be given that spot...

3:55 AM, December 04, 2006  
Anonymous narendra said...

Surya can sure be replaced with Dhanush...surya Dances like "see i ve learnt Dancing"....sick fellow he is..also one thing gud abt vijay's dance is that hez one guy who cud dance solo and still keep u smiling with his tantrums...BTW..ajithis also a gud dancer..blame his back pain and his shoddy costumes..otherwise he too is a gud dancer..sure deserves better than Jeyam Ravi...his dance in the movie VIllain is jus an example

4:27 AM, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

Aamaam Bharani, that Perianna song was such a revelation for me too. You said it right about Surya's dancing in the Suttrum vizhi chudare song. He looked more like a joker than a hero, with his Ramarajan-like costumes not helping him either :)

6:37 AM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

Meens, I agree with you about the Coca cola song not having many tough steps. But somehow the overall choreography and the picturization of the song impressed me a lot. I havent seen the Dheem Thakka song more than once and so I couldnt recollect any portion of that song. In the Appadi podu - Trisha irritated me and hence I do not have good things to say about that song.

About the heroine centric list - sure, I would like to do something similar. But not sure when I will get to it.

6:46 AM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

Vasanth is someone who is one of the best when it comes to picturizing songs. Even he couldnt do anything with Surya in Nerukku Naer. It is really remarkable turn-around in Surya's case.

7:00 AM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

Dhanush is an interesting suggestion. I too have liked him in the songs that I have seen him so far. But has he done anything other than kuthu songs to warrant a place in this list? I highly doubt so.

7:02 AM, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

I am indeed surprised on seeing more than one suggesting Dhanush's name. Coming to think of it, may be, I should have given him a honorable mention, along with Prashanth who too is pretty good at dancing. About Ajith - theriyala Narendra, he is so shoddy when it comes to dancing and in fact, I would say he is more artificial than Surya

7:07 AM, December 05, 2006  
Anonymous Sanjeevi S Kumar said...

Filbert have you seen Thottu Thottu song. I impressed with Dhanush's dance movements

2:31 AM, December 15, 2006  
Blogger Filbert said...

Yes Sanjeevi, I remember his dancing in that song. He was actually very good in that song. Now that so many have suggested Dhanush's name, I guess he should have been in my original list, ahead of both Jeyam Ravi and Surya.

12:51 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger hai said...

i guess the rating is not perfect and heros like dhanush,vishal..r missing and they r doing better..

11:44 AM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep thats right... dhanush is a good dancer though filberts point that he has done only kuthu songs is interesting....we havent seen him do some western type of dance have we?

also, Surya is an un acceptable name in that list whatever be the case. He does not deserve a place in the list jus bcoz he has improved from what he was before. He still cant dance. You think you can ignore a person like Vishal and include Surya?

Bharath is one guy who does not have the grace while dancing. He dances agreed, but he does that with too much force and he dances everytime as though he has fallen into a pot of burning fire. A little bit of grace and he should go a long way.

Probably the list shud've been
1 & 2) Vijay & Simbu
3) Vishal
4) Jeyam Ravi
5) Bharath / Dhanush

any comments?

1:33 PM, October 06, 2007  
Blogger Filbert said...

Its kind of hard to disagree with you, Anon as your reason for not including Surya in your list makes a lot of sense. Somehow, to me, the fact that he has worked on his dancing to improve it by leaps and bounds, appealed to me very much. But I would place Bharath over Jeyam Ravi any day.

11:59 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger JAYAPRAKASH said...

i agree vijay is the best dancer in kollywood and simbu is the second best dancer in kollywood

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Ya i am agree that list i know that VIJAY is d best dancer in tamil cinema beoz he small comedy with in his dance all of us mainly childrens like that comedy come dance like NAN ADICHA THANGA MAATA song ya Thalapathy rocks

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