Malaika Arora, who got fame in dance fraternity and Bollywood both, with her several superhit dance numbers ranging from Chaiyya Chaiyya to Munni Badnaam Hui and Anarkali Disco Chali, recently sat for an interview with Anupama Chopra, where she expressed her anger on the concept of ‘Item Number’ and revealed that she’s not at all comfortable with people naming her dance performances as ‘Item Number’ and even went ahead by saying that she will slap anyone who calls these dance performances by cheap names.
“I’ve always had a problem with it being called ‘item song’. Imagine someone calling me, ‘yeh kya item hai’ (what an item), I’d turn around and slap that person,”
She said that doing these dance performances were her own personal choice.
“Whenever I did a song I did it on my own accord, I never did it under any duress. I was comfortable. If I felt like I was not OK with something, I’d voice my opinion. I’d say, ‘no I don’t like that step’. If I felt like I was being objectified, I’d say it, and I’m not stupid.”
On the query about the ‘Tongue-In-Cheek’ theme lyrics in the songs, she said,
“I’ve never felt that it crossed that line where it was downright vulgar, or downright offensive. According to me, it was always in a nice fun, tongue-in-cheek sort of space.”
She went ahead and said that both song and dance go hand-in-hand with each other. They both have been an integral part of Bollywood culture. She added,
“I come from a different school of thought. If a woman feels that it is not a safe environment, then I (don’t think we should have them). Our films have always been about this (song and dance) culture, why should one just change it overnight?”