I just mentioned this dance in a conversation in the comments to the Naam Iruvar clips, because of some similarity in the use of the map here, and the similarity in the map itself, as well as some of the reverential/historical references. But even though I’ve already posted this one in the comments, I thought it might be a good idea to bring it out front. (I also could have sworn I had posted this song to this blog earlier, but when I searched for it, I realized, maybe not…)
I know I’ve talked about this movie before; it was also made in Tamil as Penn and in Hindi as Ladki, and I think all the versions have the same dances (though there may be some more variation in the Hindi version than between the Tamil and Telugu ones – that’s usually the case)… And though some of it might seem a bit silly (especially to someone at Upperstall, who didn’t like Ladki one bit), I think some of the dances are pretty good – especially this one:
By the way, looking at the Vyjayanthimala clip and the Kamala clip in succession again, I realize that they aren’t all that similar, except for a few small things in common. I also am finding it very difficult to compare them in terms of quality. Originally I wrote something about how Kamala was much more impressive at age 11 or 12 in Naam Iruvar than Vayjayanthimala was here at age 17, which might be somewhat true, but Vyjayanthimala is still pretty good here, and no doubt still well beyond her years in ability compared to most (or just better than most in general – that is obvious, goes without saying, etc.).
The Naam Iruvar dances are great historic classics, and this dance here is from one of Vyjayanthimala’s lesser films. Plus, there is indeed too much silliness and cuteness throughout much of this. But the bharatanatyam performance in the final part is truly a pleasure to watch. I wish that part could have gone on for longer, and I wish there were more Vyjayanthimala dances over the years that showed her doing straight bharatanatyam. (That is what she herself, interestingly, seems most proud of now, judging by relatively recent interviews, and by her desire to be remembered as a bharatanatyam dancer apart from her film career. Following up on a conversation in some other comments section recently, I do think that most of these dancing film stars who had been trained as classical dancers remained most proud of their more genuinely classical work.)