If you can't tear your eyes off Sai Pallavi in the 'Rowdy Baby' video from Maari 2, you are not alone. The recently released video on YouTube has got over 4,00,00,000 views and the comments section is exploding with fans appreciating the actor's dance moves which rival even Dhanush's. The song was choreographed by Prabhu Deva.
Sai Pallavi was on dance reality TV shows before she made her debut in the Malayalam film Premam. If you're new to the Sai Pallavi magic and want to watch more of her dancing, here's a list to get you hooked.
'Rowdy Baby' from Maari 2
Let's start with the season's hit song, 'Rowdy Baby'. Directed by Balaji Mohan, this film, the sequel to Maari, opened to mixed reviews. However, Sai Pallavi's dance in 'Rowdy Baby' has made the song super popular. Her fluid movements and grace make sure that she's the only one you're watching on screen, though she's dancing next to Dhanush, an accomplished dancer himself.
'Vachinde' from Fidaa
Fans of Telugu cinema are full fidaa over Sai Pallavi's dance in 'Vachinde'. The actor made her Telugu debut with this Sekhar Kammula film in 2017. She co-starred with Varun Tej, playing the role of a young woman from Banswada. This wedding song was the highlight of the film. Any surprise that it has got over 17,00,00,000 views?
'Yevandoi Nani Garu' from MCA
Sai Pallavi's second film in Telugu was MCA, in which she acted with Nani. This song from the film became a sensation, thanks to the dance skills of the lead pair. Sai Pallavi's styling in the song also became a talking point among fans.
'Rockankuthu' from Premam
When Malar teacher walks into the frame in a saree, nobody would have expected her to do a break dance in jeans later in the film. The scene when she shows off her dancing skills and stuns George (Nivin Pauly) and his friends had the audience dropping their jaws, too. It made Sai Pallavi phenomenally popular across the south.
'Vaarthinkale' from Kali
This thriller didn't offer much of an opportunity for Sai Pallavi to dance. She plays the troubled wife of a man who has anger management issues (Dulquer). But notice the casual dance she does towards the end of this, effortlessly seductive and graceful in a red saree, but not overdoing it so as to stay in character.
And if you've not had enough of her dance from films, go back in time to see her perform in dance reality TV shows. This is the introduction song for the contesting pairs on Dhee Jodi, a Telugu dance reality show on ETV. While the concept might seem melodramatic and the VFX quite amateurish, Sai Pallavi's dance skills are quite evident.
And here she's again on one of the episodes from the show, dancing to an "item" song and owning the floor (watch from 18.30).
Here she is dancing to 'Barso Re' from Guru, rivaling Aishwarya Rai in grace, when she appeared as a guest on the D2D4 show on Mazhavil Manorama.
The actor is so popular that people have even uploaded recordings of her old stage performances. Here's Sai Pallavi doing the tango on stage which has sent hearts racing. Quite a surprise to those who met her as Malar Miss!