Full disclosure: I have an acquaintance who worked on this film. We’re facebook friends but haven’t spoken since high school. I wanted to see this movie because she worked on it (and it’s partly set in my home town of Atlanta, GA) but it didn’t play here and it’s not available for rent anywhere? So annoying. Rant over. I have disclosed everything.

“Single Rehne De” is an item song full of beautiful, sexy women that are a woman’s fantasy. Praful (Kangana Ranaut) works in housekeeping at an Atlanta hotel. This is a difficult, physical job, glamorous, looked down upon, yet necessary. In the United States, it is very much considered appropriate work for women, people of color, and immigrants.

The blonde back up dancers/maids might be the biggest fantasy of all.

Praful envisions herself not as a dowdy housekeeper but as a sex symbol: short skirt, corset, garter belt. Her song extols the virtues of being single. No men are present to gaze on her; the camera is focused on the women, but not as objects, as subjects. They are single want to enjoy it.

Later in the song, Praful appears in a pink wig and colorful version of her housekeeping uniform, highlighting both the fantasy as well as the different uniforms we wear — our work clothes, our fun clothes, etc.

This particular video is meant to serve as a teaser and so is also cut with scenes from throughout the movie, including her disguises as Simran the Lipstick Bandit. The item song is fantasy, but she uses real-life disguises. Who is our real self? What happens when the line is blurred?

A fun item song that shows women can be sexy without being objectified.

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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