Hema Malini, the chief guest at Subhash Ghais’s Cinema 100 event organised by Whistling Woods Institute, said that she would prefer classicle dances to item numbers. She further added that top heroine need not perform item numbers. She was a traned Bharatnatyam dancer before coming into films.
During the 1960’s and 70s in Bollywood, there were actresses like Helen, Bindu or Aruna Irani who did most of the dance numbers, now called as item songs.
Over the last few years several leading actresses have performed item numbers : Kareena Kapoor danced on ‘Chammak Challo’ (‘RA.One‘), Katrina Kaif did ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ (‘Tees Maar Khan‘) and ‘Chikni Chameli’ (‘Agneepath‘), Aishwarya Rai danced on the popular ‘Kajra Re’ (‘Bunty Aur Babli’) number and bipasha basu performed the ‘Beedi’ (‘Omkara’) item song.
“I feel all big heroines who have earned a good name, there is no need for them to do item numbers. We have different people for doing item numbers,” Hema Malini said.