Item Girl Whore

I have a confession. I love Item Numbers. Yes, I am admitting to something that I am pretty sure a few million people refuse to openly claim simply because of the negative connotations that are associated with the item girls and their songs. Fine, the lyrics can range from cheesy to condescending, from slutty to sleazy, from double-meanings to girls in double D's but ultimately, item songs are heaps of fun. In fact, considering the number of item numbers that are jutted out by the industry every year, I'm a bit surprised at the mere fact that they are NOT (how rude) honored and awarded with any trophies on a yearly basis at this hi-fi award ceremonies. You cannot deny the great oomph and beat that makes your feet tap and hips sway. And for everyone that chooses to sit and judge me, go ahead. Secretly, I know that a number of people who on the sly, download Rakhi Sawant's popular numbers, know the steps and add an extra jhatka-matka to it. And what started with Rakhi Sawant became a rage with the upper snooty actors who then took over the market. The likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and a few more from the clan decided they too wanted to become item boys and girls. Alright, so since the likes of Filmfare, Stardust, Screen, IFFA and so on, refuse to acknowledge some of the most awesome item numbers, I decided to countdown my top favorite item numbers as a tribute to an unsung song genre.

The queen, Rakhi Sawant, has been a part of two of my favorites: Nathani Utaro and Dekhta Hai Tu Kya. But I realized even if she wasn't a part of any of these songs, the music and lyrics are so catchy, I would have loved them anyway.

More recently, it was who-is-she Urvashi who rocked in Baje Raat Ke Barah. I love the way the song starts and the story in the lyrics. Its sassy and yet suave. Uber fun.

Yana Gupta's Oh What a Babe was a fun old one. I have fond memories of that song.

Saiyan Re with Priyanka Chopra was one of the most awesome ones to come out of Bollywood. Her outfit was one to die for too.

When Aishwarya Rai takes on the role of item girl and dances her cutesy (this is the only time I actually liked) belly off to Kajra Re, you know its become a craze.

From the random flop, Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jayo came this super fun number, Dupatta Behman. I still play it till now.

And as much as I think Nisha Kothari is a weirdo, her Aa Khushi Se Khudkushi number with Fardeen Khan was a hot, hawt and haute!

I could go on but you get the jist. There is no need to hide from the fact that these songs do rock and how. And if you continue to live in the denial bubble, well to you I say, too bad...you have no idea what you're missing out on!

I sign off with a jhatka and a matka and even a thumpka. So there.

3 comments:

ani_aset said...

ahan nice list will check out from home. I too think they deserve a mention at awards now.

VIBGYOR said...

nice post Roshni!!
I completely agree with your words. Movie "Krazy 4" is the best example.We know its not a big hit but whatever business this movie did it's just because of their very famouse and awesome item number perform by SRK and HRK.

Mahesh said...

I completely agree with u. Most of these movies aren't worth watching anyways bur the item numbers make them all worthwhile. But u forgot one of the best item number of all time. Even tho it was performed by one of the ugliest women in bollywood BEEDI from omkara I think is in the top 5 item numbers of all time.

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