Bollywood Movies are incomplete without songs and dancing. Dancing is such an important part of Bollywood movies that Bollywood dance form is a separate dance form in itself. But how often have you noticed the background dancers? Maybe never.
Any dance routine of a film is incomplete without the background dancers. If actors are heart of a film, then background dancers are the soul to the songs.
There was a time when the director used to pick up random dancers to dance at the background. However, this is not the case now. Bollywood industry has undergone a drastic change and so has the background dancers. Since then, background dancers have come a long way. Now trained dancers are called to dance at the background.
If you remember Devdas’s popular song ‘Dola Re Dola’, it had all trained dancers behind Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. Or if you have ever watched Urmila Matondkar starer Rangeela you would have noticed the professional dancers there. It was the first time when Bollywood had trained dancers as background dancers.
Soon after those Producers started spending a whopping amount on the background dancers too. They even perform better than the lead actor and actresses. And it isn’t easy for the actors to match the steps with the dancers.
Even though they don’t get as much limelight as the actors get, but they get a really good amount of payment. A talented and experienced dancer earns a good amount. They are no longer a struggling artist. Well after knowing the payment your perspective will surely change for them. They get Rs 50,ooo to Rs 1,00,000 per month. The amount depends upon the kind of project and experience of the dancer.
The producers are very picky when it comes to choosing the background dancers. They choose them from the leading dance reality shows. Producers even go for the popular dance groups that are famous over the internet.
There’s no dearth of work for them. Background dancers have a great opportunity ahead of them. Later they can get training under a choreographer. Moreover, who knows one day they might become the future choreographer of any Yash Raj banner film.