There is an age in everyone’s life; an age that doesn’t judge nor thinks too passively about things. While one may not necessarily experience all of this at a particular time, he/she does love some of the flavours of the different tastes that this age offers. Having said that, in the age that he is, the raunchiest music that your author prefers is the sizzling item numbers genre (No judgemental comments please). And these numbers aren’t only good for those desi wedding dancing. They can prove instrumental in gearing you up to attend even the most boring of lectures at college. Wanna know how?
So there I was with a buddy of mine experiencing Monday on a hellish Saturday. Somehow, the college authorities saw it fit to shift the Monday schedule to an early Saturday because of a holiday on Monday. Oh the things that be!
Thankfully, the teachers were in no particular mood either to lecture on a weekend day and so some of them had flunked classes. But Alas, the last class of the day, the 4 to 5 one was still on and we had 2 to 4 free. I believe, my empathetic reader, that you would understand how difficult it gets motivating yourself to attend such a class. You need some rock solid inspiration to do that. On that cursed day, your author got exactly that- a Raunchy, sensuous, seductive, sizzling,- inspiration. Those two hours were spent tuning into some of the best item numbers of Bollywood. Here is a list of 10 of the top ones, in a definite order of my liking.
10- Chamma Chamma (China Gate)–
Robbers, ex-armymen, conflict and what’s the high point of the film? Urmila dancing with Amrish Puri in this sizzling number.
9- Chal chhaiyan chhaiyan ( Dil se)–
Malaika Arora and Shahrukh dancing to the sound of a train was something as bizarre as the genre has ever produced and yet the music of Rehman made its tune so enthralling that audiences couldn’t help but take away this one out of the already rich soundtrack that ‘Dil Se’ had to offer.
Helen was the pioneer of the genre of songs we now know as item numbers and this one started it all. Reason enough to be in the list right?
7- Choli ke picche (Khalnayak)–
If it’s notorious, is it not famous? This classic number proved to be just that with its over the top controversial lyrics but it still rocked audiences with it’s composition. It is said that people watched the film multiple times just to watch this song on the big screen.
6- Chikni Chameli (Agneepath:2012)–
This song shows how far Katrina Kaif has come in Bollywood and how she has been able to do so without any acting talent. With no intention to undermine the actress’s star status, it shows the sheer professionalism and caliber of a foreign girl giving her all to a desi masala number which was such a huge hit that the Producer of the film, Karan Johar,went on record to say that the number was the main reason for the film’s groundbreaking success.
5- Ek do teen (Tezaab)–
The song that began Madhuri Dixit’s journey to the pinnacle of Bollywood. The song also proved to be instrumental in Tezaab being a Golden Jubilee Hit.
4- Munni Badnaam (Dabangg)-
Had it not been for Salman’s legendary cameo in the song, I would have put it even higher. Having said that, I don’t mean to undermine Salman Khan’s presence in the song but want to convey how the immense popularity of it wasn’t merely because of Malaika Arora Khan but a huge chunk of it belonged to Salman which wasn’t exactly Item Song material as it found a way to link to the storyline.
3- Kajra re (Bunty aur Babli) –
The song that brought the genre back and the song that brought the trend of top Bollywood actresses coming in for special numbers, ‘Kajra re’ had it all. There was no need of the song in the movie, it was seductive as seductive can be and pretty much defined an item song as well as the look of the lady of the moment.
2- Fevicol se (Dabangg 2)–
When Dabangg 2 came out following the exact same model of the original, there were doubts as to whether it would meet the high bars set accordingly. However, in one category, it did and even surpassed it. Kareena Kapoor in her most sensuous avatar till date made up for putting down ‘Chikni Chameli’ and proved to be so iconic that she was able to carry the whole song on her shoulders with little help from Salman as opposed to ‘Munni Badnaam’. The result was the best item sequence of the millennium.
1- Dilwalo ke Dil ka (Shool)–
Which better than the first official ‘Item number’ of Bollywood? When Shilpa Shetty sashayed on the tunes of ‘Patli kamar matkake’, she robbed more than just U.P. and Bihar.