It wasn't Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's performance in Sarbjit - the trailer promises a powerhouse turn - that thrilled the crowd on talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Thursday. It was her impromptu dance routine to two of her older hit songs - Dola Re and Dhoom Machale.
Both songs are meant to be jugalbandis - the first with Madhuri Dixit, the second with Hrithik Roshan - but the absence of a partner didn't get the 42-year-old actress down in the least. Asked to dance, she kicked off her heels and showed off moves of the smoothest sort.
Watch her dance to Dola Re:
And to Dhoom Machale:
Team Sarbjit - actor Randeep Hooda, director Omung Kumar and singer Mika Singh - bravely attempted to plug the Madhuri gap but really, who was looking at anybody but Aishwarya?
The dance soundtrack also included a song from Sarbjit, sending Mika Singh into bhangra meltdown.
Sarbjit, which tells the story of the Indian who died in a Pakistani jail some years ago, stars Randeep as the eponymous character and Aishwarya as his sister Dalbir Kaur. It opens on May 20.