Is Taylor Swift Inspired By Aditi's 'Gajagamini' Walk? Watch Fan-Made Video

A fan-made video showcases Taylor Swift's stage presence, reminiscent of Aditi Rao Hydari's iconic walk from Heeramandi, set to the tune of Saiyaan Hatto Jaao from the series.

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Aditi Rao Hydari's captivating 'Gajagamini Walk' in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Netflix series Heeramandi has recently become a sensation on the internet. This alluring walk by Hydari has left a lasting impression on viewers' hearts; some have remarked that they were mesmerised, unable to tear their eyes away from her.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest Netflix original TV series, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar, embodies his signature filmmaking style characterised by extravagance, opulence, and rich characteristics. Amidst the brilliant jewels, elaborate costumes, grand architecture, and regal artefacts, one standout element has been Aditi Rao Hydari's mesmerising 'Gajagamini' walk.

In a recent interview with Connect Cine, Aditi Rao Hydari discussed the viral moment, crediting Sanjay Leela Bhansali and choreographer Kruti Mahesh for their involvement. "I am thanking everybody. That walk—just that little tukda from Thumri—is all over the internet. I really didn't expect that, and Sanjay sir did say, ‘Ye chaal bahut important hai (This walk is very important).' He has so much knowledge and was deeply involved in the creation of the song," she shared.

She added, "Kruti Mahesh choreographed it, but he was involved in every detail. He was very particular about the walk, how the dupatta would fall, how the waist would move, and exactly when the ‘chan' sound would be heard. It was quite incredible."

Gajagamini Walk: Exploring The Iconic Seductive Walk in Indian Cinema

The term 'Gajagamini' refers to a majestic walk likened to that of an elephant. In ancient Indian literature, elephants symbolised unrestrained raw sexual force, and women like Draupadi were described as moving majestically like cow elephants in a rut. This description, while not conventionally attractive, conveys the image of a voluptuous, elegant woman. 

Moreover, according to the Vatsayana, a woman can embody various forms like Padmini, Mohini, Dunkini, Shrukini, Damini, and Rohini. Among these, Gaja Gamini is characterised by the majestic pace of an elephant, often considered an expression of seduction.


According to ancient texts like the Kamasutra, women can embody various forms of seduction, including 'Gaja Gamini,' characterised by the pace and grace of an elephant. 

Aditi's confident display of her back curves has garnered attention and popularity for this walk among women, highlighting that women can embrace confidence regardless of their body type or size. Many have praised her graceful performance and noted how her visible 'back curves' contribute to normalising diverse body types in society

Aditi Rao Hydari's "Gajagamini Walk" in Heeramandi is going viral on the internet

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However, Hydari is not the first actor to perform the 'Gajagamini' walk on screen. Legendary actors like Madhubala and Madhuri Dixit have also showcased this iconic walk in their films. Madhubala's rendition of the 'Gajagamini' walk in Mughal-E-Azam, particularly in the song Mohe Panghat Pe remains iconic. 



Madhuri Dixit's portrayal of this walk in the film Gaja Gamini (2000), directed by M. F. Hussain, is another notable example.


Is Taylor Swift Inspired By Aditi's 'Gajagamini' Walk?

A fan-made video of Taylor Swift's Eras tour in Sweden is creating a stir among Indian Swifties, courtesy of @eat.explore.escape on Instagram. The video showcases Swift's stage presence, reminiscent of Aditi Rao Hydari's iconic walk from Heeramandi, set to the tune of Saiyaan Hatto Jaao from the series.

Fans are buzzing with excitement in the comments, suggesting that Swift would rock the 'Gaja Gamini' walk. One fan requested, "Someone dress her in a lehenga, please." Another fan commented, "She'd look amazing in a lehenga." A third fan dubbed her "Taylorjaan," while another envisioned her as "Taylor (SLB's version)."

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