Category: Item Numbers

“Is it time to bury the item song? The answer can only be yes”

The skewed gender politics of the average item song, in which a woman performs for a group of men, is a reflection of the Hindi film industry’s culture of normalising sexual abuse and the careless […]

“Inhi Logon Le Leena Dupatta Mera” (Various)

My friend loves Pakeezah, so I thought I’d cover the famous item number from it, “Inhi Logon Le Leena Dupatta Mera.” During the course of research, I found this wonderful article from Scroll.in, “Was the famous ‘Pakeezah’ […]

“Single Rehne De” (Simran, 2017)

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 […]

“Koi Ladka Hai Jab” (Dil Toh Pagal Hai, 1997)

Earlier this week, “Koi Ladka Hai Jab” randomly entered my head and hasn’t left. So hey, I can write about it! Despite its commercial success and the popularity of its soundtrack, Dil Toh Pagal Hai […]

“Aata hai aata hai saantaaclose aata hai” (Shandaar, 1974)

A little girl dreams of Santa. He sings and dances, flanked by children and children dressed as angels. He hands out presents as it snows. He sings about himself to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” […]

“Hum bhi agar bachche hote” (Door Ki Awaaz, 1964)

Note: This is not an item number by any stretch. It is a children’s song. But it is my birthday and I couldn’t find any good item numbers to write about. “Hum bhi agar bachche […]

Xmas Tree by Bollywood Santa (2014/2015)

Though Bollywood doesn’t shy away from using Christian iconography or featuring Christian characters, few films focus on Christian holidays or themes. Indeed, while plenty of films have explored Hinduism and Islam, and their conflicts and […]