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Aditi Rao Hydari's Gaja Gamini Walk Has Become An Internet Sensation, Here's What It Is

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The much-awaited series ‘Heeramandi’ directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was released on Netflix on May 1 and has created a massive buzz on the internet for all the right reasons. Amidst the majestic sets to elaborate outfits what has caught the eyes of social media is the iconic ‘gaja gamini’ walk of Aditi Rao Hydari.

In the series, Hydari portrays Bibbojaan and delivers a flawless dance performance to the tune of ‘Saiyaan Hatto Jaao’. Within this captivating dance sequence, the actor gracefully executes the 'Gaja Gamini' walk, a movement that has since gained popularity as the 'Swan Walk'.

Aditi Rao Hydari makes her entrance as Bibbojaan with this performance. She entertains Nawab Wali, portrayed by Fardeen Khan, as she gracefully executes the 'Gaja Gamini' walk, a movement that has since gained popularity as the 'Swan Walk'.

Here watch Aditi Rao Hydari's viral 'Gaja Gamini walk'

What is Gaja Gamini walk?In the Kamasutra, elephants symbolise "unrestrained raw sexual power". It considers female elephants, or hastinis, the epitome of lustiness and vulgarity in demeanour. The 'Gaja Gamini' walk finds mention in the Mahabharata, where queens like Draupadi were referred to as Mada-gaja-gaminis which means women walking akin to cow-elephants in rut. Essentially, it is the walk that embodies a large yet graceful voluptuous woman. This hip-swinging gait of an elephant has inspired numerous artists and poets, notably MF Husain, as is seen in his art.

Interestingly, Aditi Rao Hydari is among the illustrious few to grace the screen with the captivating 'Gajagamini walk'. Iconic actresses Madhuri Dixit and Madhubala also showcased this mesmerising stride in their respective films. Madhuri Dixit left the audiences in awe with the 'Gajagamini walk' in MF Hussain's 2000 film 'Gaja Gamini', while Madhubala showcased it in the timeless classic 'Mughal-E-Azam' during the song 'Mohe Panghat Pe'.

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