In the 50's and 60's, item songs
used to help increase the glamour quotient and take the story
forward. There were certain actresses called item girls who usually appeared in
movies for an item song and a small part of the story. But today, many item
songs have become nothing more than a glamour quotient. Today, with a heavy
heart, BollyCurry takes a look at some such recent songs.
Se" - Dabangg 2
photo ko seene se yaar chipka le saiyan Fevicol se
What exactly does that even mean?
And how does it add to the story of Dabangg
2 (2012)? It seems that Arbaaz Khan wanted to cash in on the Kareena Kapoor
Khan craze and thus added a song that had no meaning, no motive, and no point except
to annoy everyone. The lyrics were cringe-worthy, the dance was so-so, Mrs.
Khan did not look her best, the song was no match to "Munni Badnaam Huyi", and
the list just goes on. But we're just going to leave it at that and hope that
the memory disappears from our mind someday.
- Khiladi 786
par hai armaan ho balma
Akshay Kumar is a great actor, no
doubt about it, but his movies' music often gives us a headache. "Balma" from Khiladi 786 - Made in Punjab (2012) is one of those. Even
if we're able to forget everything else (which is hard, but we're trying), the
lyrics are enough to leave us cringing.Even
as we attempt to move on and forget the dance, the lyrics, and the
vision of ever watching this "item" song, we don't understand how this song
helped the story except to give a bad tribute to RD Burman as this was
supposedly touted to be.
Ke Bazaar" - Humshakals
aaja piya ke bazaar mein
Where do we start? The fact that Humshakals (2014) was an all around
failure can also be attributed to the music. Since when has there been a bazaar (store) to get piyas (lovers)? We shudder every time we
hear this song or see it on TV because it's enough to get the shudder level and
cringe level up. Three actresses, two actors, a whole lot of background
dancers, and yet there's nothing that can save this song. And apart from that, we're not exactly sure what a piya's bazaar
has to do with the "story line" of this movie, not that there was much of one to begin with!
Naa Miley" - Kick
mainu yaar na mile te mar jawaan, je mainu pyar na mile te mar jawan
The story begins with the
introduction of Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) and then to introduce Devil (also
Salman Khan), an item song is thrown into the story. The item song is "Yaar Naa Miley"
starring Nargis Fakhri. What we don't understand is why the song was needed.
Devil was actually introduced after the song through Himanshu's (Randeep Hooda)
flashback. So how did this song help take the story forward at all?
Lips" - Hate Story 2
ye pink lips, pink lips, pink lips, pal pal tujkho karte miss
Repetition is good, but too much
repetition and you can make anyone cringe. But we're not interested in
talking about the lyrics. What is the
point of a song that only makes an actress look sensuous, but doesn't
contribute in any other way? Hate Story 2 (2014)
was a sequel of sorts to Hate Story (2012),
but unlike in the first movie where everything was tightly presented, the item
song in this movie just added to the confusing and loose plot.
zamaana hai, item ye gaana hai
When they've announced it
themselves, who are we to refute that? The fact of the matter is that Arjun
Kapoor's character Pinto was introduced with "Superman" from Tevar (2015),
so what was the need of "Madamiya"?
There are many other ways to show that he respects women and is a
faithful lover other than an item song which is using Shruti Haasan's
sensuous appeal to help
make the movie a hit. Without saying anything else, we move on.
Khatam Mujhpe" - Dolly Ki Doli
khatam khatam mujhpe, passion khatam khatam mujhpe
We all know that Malaika Arora Khan
is the Queen of Item Songs, but even she couldn't save this song from Dolly Ki Doli (2015) from meeting its doom. While it
makes sense to have a song during the bachelor party of a to-be groom, but when
the song is as bad as this, we can't help but wonder why anyone would choose to
dance to this song. The lines we posted above are probably the best lines from
the entire song and that's saying something.
Item songs are quickly becoming the
new "in" for Bollywood. Most are unnecessary and do not add to the story
of the movie (in cases where the movie has a story). The above
were just a sample of the recent item songs that had nothing to add,
except perhaps some more glamor. Do let us know what you think in the
Writer: Shreya S.
Editors: Tanisha N. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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