Dola Re Dola

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"Dola Re Dola"
Song by Nusrat Badr, Ismail Darbar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal, KK
from the album Devdas
GenreFilmi, Hindustani classical music
LabelEros Now
Songwriter(s)Nusrat Badr
Devdas track listing
  1. "Silsila Ye Chahat Ka"
  2. "Maar Daala"
  3. "Bairi Piya"
  4. "Kaahe Chhed"
  5. "Chalak Chalak"
  6. "Hamesha Tumko Chaha"
  7. "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki"
  8. "Morey Piya"
  9. "Dev's Last Journey" (The Theme)
  10. "Dola Re Dola"
Music video
"Dola Re Dola" on YouTube
The duo of Kavita Krishnamurthy (l) and Shreya Ghoshal (r) won several awards and nominations for the song.

"Dola Re Dola" is a song from the 2002 Indian romantic drama film Devdas, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali,[1] and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. The song was composed by Ismail Darbar, with lyrics provided by Nusrat Badr, and sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal and KK.[1] The song was well received, becoming a hit due to the unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, two of the leading actresses of the era.[2]


The song is picturized on Parvati (Aishwarya Rai) and Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), and appears during the celebration of Durga Puja.[3] Both are expressing the love and ecstasy by their dancing. The video song also had some long takes.[4]

The video of the song is shot in the studios built with a lavish and expensive set.[3] It had a production cost of ₹25 million[5] ($514,300),[6] equivalent to ₹71 million ($1.04 million) adjusted for inflation. It was the most expensive Bollywood music video up until "Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah" from Jodhaa Akbar (2008).[5]


The song in the video was choreographed by Saroj Khan,[4] for which she won her eighth Filmfare Best Choreography Award. The dance is showing Parvati and Chandramukhi dancing. The choreography of the song was something different as it was a mix of Indian classical dance forms. The form of dance that Saroj Khan explored with Dola Re, is called Nautwary.[4] It included steps of Kathak and Bharatnatyam.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit]

According to Saroj Khan, this song was one of the toughest she had to endure as Madhuri and Aishwarya are brilliant dancers.[4] She had to balance in giving steps equally good to both that none of them both would feel that they would be left out. But nothing of the sort occurred.[4] During the shot, there were several retakes and at a particular point, they had to perform a step that they had to fall, to be perfectly in sync with the beats.[4] It became physically demanding for both actresses. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was involved in the dance sequences.[4]

During the shot Aishwarya's ears started to bleed because of the heavy earrings, but continued to shoot until it was completed.


The song became an instant hit, as it combined the two leading heroines of the era in a unique dance song. The song received numerous awards in categories of singing and choreography.


Year Award Nominee Category Result Ref.
2003 Filmfare Awards Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghoshal Best Female Playback Singer Won [7]
Saroj Khan Best Choreography Won
Nusrat Badr Best Lyricist Nominated
2003 IIFA Awards Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghoshal Best Female Playback Won [9]
Saroj Khan Best Choreography Won
Nusrat Badr Best Lyricist Won
2003 National Film Awards Saroj Khan Best Choreography Won [10]
2003 Zee Cine Awards Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghoshal Best Female Playback Singer Won [11]
Saroj Khan Best Choreography Won
2003 Stardust Awards Shreya Ghoshal New Musical Sensation - Female Won [12]
2003 Sansui Awards Shreya Ghoshal and Kavita Krishnamoorthy Best Female Playback Singer Won [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Music Review: Devdas". Glamsham. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "'Devdas' (2002): Review". 28 April 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Official Video of song Dola Re Dola". YouTube.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Sujata (18 February 2012). "Dola Re my toughest dance number - Saroj Khan". Pink Villa. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Here Are The 12 Most Expensive Songs Ever Made In Bollywood". UC News. 19 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 2002. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Filmfare Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  8. ^ "The 48th Filmfare Awards - Shah Rukh, Ash, Ajay Devgan's rich haul". 22 February 2003. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  9. ^ "IIFA Through the Years – IIFA 2003 : South Africa". Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  10. ^ "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2003". IMDb. 11 January 2003. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  12. ^ "shreya ghoshal at stardust 2003". YouTube. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Shreya Ghoshal Awards Official Website". Retrieved 11 May 2014.