Mithun Da is one of the most celebrated action heroes of the 80s whose movies have achieved the status of cult classics. Though he cemented his status as an action hero, movies like Disco Dancer (1982) and Dance Dance (1987) proved he can shake a leg and break one at the same time. Today, on the day of Mithun Chakraborty's 68th birthday, let’s count down some of his most iconic dance songs
Hands down one of the best songs ever made, I am a Disco Dancer introduced us to the disco-dancing avatar of Mithun Chakraborty. Disco Dancer (1982) was responsible for kick starting the trend of Disco songs in Bollywood during the 80s. It also gave Bollywood the memorable duo of Mithun Chakraborty dancing to the upbeat songs of Bappi Lahri.
The title song of the hit film Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984), it is sung by Vijay Benedict and composed by Bappi Lahri. The song again gave us a glimpse of Mithun Chakraborty dancing to disco tunes. He can be seen doing his signature pelvic thrust and the head & hand movements.
In this particular song from the movie Main Balwan (1986), Mithun Da has performed a number of dance styles. We can see him shaking a leg to disco, twist, hip-hop, and break dance. He can be seen dancing in his signature moves in a black costume and black glasses. The vocals are provided by Kishore Kumar and Nazia Hasan and Bappi Lahri is the music director.
This song from the movie Dance Dance (1987) is sung by Alisha Chenai and Bappi Lahri, and is once again directed by Bappi Lahri. Mithun Da can be seen performing some rad moves dressed in killer white. The performance of the song is inspired by the various performances of the Euro-Carribean vocal group Boney M.
The title song of the movie Dance Dance (1987) is sung by Vijay Benedict and Alisha Chenai. This is one of the longest dance songs of Mithun Da. He reportedly kept going at it until he started feeling pain in his abdomen. In this high energy dance video, we can see Mithun Chakraborty performing popping & locking and performing robotics along with his signature moves.
This electrifying song from the movie Pyar Ka Mandir (1988) is an exception when it comes to Mithun Da shaking a leg to some Western dance forms but his energy level, and killer attitude is just the same as any other song. The vocals are provided by Kishore Kumar and the famous music duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal are the music directors of this song.
Another song from the popular movie Disco Dancer (1982), it is sung by Nandu Bhendu and Bappi Lehri is the music director. We can see Mithun Chakraborty performing dressed in black, white, and silver, some of his favorite colors from the 80s.
One of the most iconic songs of Bollywood from the movie Disco Dancer (1982) is sung by Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahri. Mithun Da can be seen shaking a leg in a discotheque while dressed in silky white to impress. The influence of the dance numbers from Saturday Night Fever (1977) can be seen throughout the movie.