ITEM NUMBERS – That will go you shaking!!!
Salman and Arbaaz Khan’s Dabang 2 is at its edge to pop out of the box. Last time it was sizzled with Zandu Balm and now its Fevicol ;). Khan company is surely endorsing these brands, that too in such a sizzling and shaking way(???). Never mind!!! On the contrary, Kareena starring track ‘FEVICOL’ has refreshed our memory with all the Latkas and Jhatkas that Bollywood known for. Let’s take a look at iconic song and dance routines, better known as ITEM NUMBERS
PIYA TU AB TOH AAJA – CARVAN
Helen’s seductive ways in Piya tu Ab Toh Aaja, created a base for a Modern-Day Item Numbers way back in 1971. Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri set to music by RD Burman and featuring Asha Bhosale’s seductive vocals, this Cabaret track set many heart on fire when it released.
YEH MERA DIL – DON
Helen and Asha Bhosale’s potent Combination returned once again, this time to seduce Bollywood’s original Don Amitabh Bachchan in the iconic 1978 film with Yeh Mera dil Pyaar Ka Deewana.
HUMMA HUMMA -BOMBAY
The early mid – 90′s didn’t have too many item numbers but one track that created quite a sizzle was Humma Humma from Mani Ratnam’s Bombay. This track rendered by Remo Fernandes, along with Swarnalatha and A R Rehman
CHAIYYA CHAIYYA – DIL SE
AR Rahman’s genius is at play here as well, in what many consider his finest composition Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se, sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. Everything about this song is magical—its music, Gulzar’s lyrics and Farah Khan’s choreography with Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora dancing atop a moving train.The opening credits of the film were set to this track.
KHALLAS – COMPANY
Asha Bhosle returned in 2002 to give us another exemplary item number. Sandeep Chowta produced this thumping, dangerously sensual club anthem with Bhosle, Sapna Awasthi and Sudesh Bhosale providing the vocals. The club scene had just begun thriving in the country and this song was one that dominated not only clubs, but also air waves and TV channels. Its video, featuring Isha Koppikar, is unabashedly raunchy without being sleazy.
BABUJI JARA DHEERE CHALO – DUM
Sandeep Chowta vowed the country again, this time with Babuji Zara Dhere Chalo, which had two versions—one fast-paced, with very desi music and the other slower, set to Western beats. Yana Gupta showed plenty of skin and expert dance moves to burst into public memory with this track.Sonu Kakkar’s unusual voice was unlike anything one had heard before. Many people initially found this track extremely annoying, but the song just grew on them, aided, of course, by its video.
KAJRA RE – BUNTY AUR BABLI
This song featured the Bachchan family before it became the Bachchan family. Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan grooved in this qawwali-inspired track, rendered in a hauntingly alluring manner by Alisha Chinai with music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The song supposedly takes inspiration from a folk song from the Braj region in Uttar Pradesh. Vaibhavi Merchant choreographed this song brilliantly.
SHEELA KI JAWANI – TEES MAAR KHAN
Katrina Kaif is probably one of the worst dancers in the top Bollywood actress category, lacking both, grace and delicacy of expression. But Sheela Ki Jawani nevertheless works as an item song, mostly because of its bawdy lyrics, Sunidhi Chauhan’s power-packed vocals, Vishal-Shekhar’s music, and of course, Kaif ’s skin show. It doesn’t really merit mush discussion—it is one of those tracks that are lapped up by audiences for their shock-factor and mass appeal.
MUNNI BADNAM HUYI – DABANG
Malaika Arora made a huge splash again in 2010 in Dabangg’s Munni Badnaam Hui. The almost-forgotten composer Lalit Pandit created this track, which was flavoured by Mamta Sharma’s rustic voice, with male vocals by Aishwarya Nigam. “Le Zandu Balm hui, darling tere liye” was its star lyric, and there was a raging Munni vs Sheila debate that followed the release of these songs in 2010.
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