As Shahid Kapoor celebrates his birthday, it is clear to see that he has a lot to be thankful for. He is in the process of wrapping up a three month schedule shooting Phata Poster Nikla Hero۪ soon to be released later on this year, starring alongside Ileana D۪ Cruz. Despite his family being very much involved in the industry, Kapoor has worked hard to get where he is today. His dance numbers are always items to be talked about in every film he has starred in and even before he became the star he is today, Kapoor was a background dancer in Dil To Pagal Hai۪ (1997) and Taal۪ (1999). We at BizAsiaare taking a look some of the best of his dance numbers which have left us tapping our toes to his beat.
Aaja Ve Mahiʉ Fida۪ (2004)
If ever there was a song that showed off Kapoor۪s dancing talents, this would be it and being paired with then girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, he was all the more enthusiastic on the dance floor. Kapoor was relatively new to the industry at this point but his dancing skills were gaining the attention of directors and choreographers. This song is set in a nightclub and he wore a skin tight that showed off his chest and his built arms. The song itself was catchy and helped make this number even more popular with the audience.
Dil Vich Lagya Chup Chup Ke۪ (2006)
Chup Chup Ke۪ was a big hit for Kapoor and it showed off his acting talents at his best. This song was the accumulation of many events that take place in the film and Kapoor rocked the song in his own way, reaffirming his heartthrob status in the industry. His energetic dance moves brought this song to life and made it one of the dance floor hits at weddings and parties for that year.
Do Anjaane Ajnabi Vivah۪ (2006)
Although not strictly a dance number, this song and the way it was acted by Kapoor showed off his romantic hero acting skills. In the song, he is coming to meet Amrita Rao۪s character for the first time and the expressions shown by the actor displays his character۪s feelings so well without him saying a word. The music by Ravindra Jain was blissfully sweet and was the perfect partner to the storyline.
Mauja Hi Mauja Jab We Met۪ (2007)
This film bought Kapoor out to the Bollywood mainstream with his character depressed businessman Aditya Kashyap . There were many dance numbers in the film but this one in particular hit the radio waves and is still played repeatedly till this day. The peppy beat coupled with his fun and fast dance moves made this tune a chart topper.
Ae Paapi Kismat Konnection۪ (2008)
As street dance became the big thing, it didn۪t surpass Bollywood and Kapoor embraced it in this song. His super cool black waistcoat and jeans set a trend and it was clear to see that he was emulating one of his idols, the late Michael Jackson. Though his pairing with actress Vidya Balan was contested by many, Kapoor’s fancy footwork left the audiences gasping for more.
Hadippa Dil Bole Hadippa۪ (2009)
Bhangra has always been a style of dancing that came easily to Kapoor yet in this song; he took it to another level. Paired with equally energetic dancer Rani Mukerji, they set the screen alight in this song and really made it their own. Although the song was not a part of the film۪s main storyline, this song was still the one that stood out among the other dance numbers in this song because of the carefully choreographed dance moves.
Jabse Mere Dil Ko Uff Teri Meri Kahaani۪ (2012)
His ability to emulate other artists have made him a favourite at awards performances and for him to take inspiration from one of the Bollywood greats Shashi Kapoor in this song made it even more amazing. The sixties inspired performance was carried off flawlessly and his inner energy made him a perfect match for it. The song۪s lyrics combined with the vocals of Sonu Nigam made this dance number the one to watch in this film.
So here۪s wishing the ever energetic Shahid Kapoor a very happy birthday from the BizAsia team. Your dance numbers long outlive your films and they still have us dancing to the beat no matter the occasion. We wish you all the best for the coming year!