When we speak of Bollywood, the first thought which strikes one’s mind is that of music and dance. Dance which has become quite a craze now was more subtle and discreet in the bygone era of Indian cinema. Heroes would move around with their killer smile wooing the heroines. Then came the era of cabaret; which was a revolutionary period and it changed the face of Bollywood. Today the dance and music have reached a different level all together. New terms, ’item girl and item song’ have been coined. It has actually become a trend in Bollywood to have at most one item dance in their movies to make them hit. And believe me; we love to watch our favorite heroines dance to rocking music. As is jokingly called, the dance numbers are added to give an extra crisp into the film and make them all the way more entertaining. Lots of new faces are constantly being added to item girl race. Here the list ropes the top 10 of all.
10. Yana Gupta
Yana Gupta is a Czech model working in Mumbai. She has a natural beauty, add-on 5’8’’, gorgeous drop dead looks and a stunning figure. She sweeps men completely off their feet. Before coming into Bollywood, she used to model for lakme, MTV and limca. Her entry in Bollywood was marked by an item number “Babuji zara dheere chalo” of the movie ‘Dum’. She became a star after that item song. One can forget about the movie for some time, but we still have her raunchy dance moves in our mind. The song actually defined her! Good news-she is considering to enter Bollywood again.
9. Lara Dutta
Former miss universe and an Indian Bollywood actress, Lara Dutta is specifically not known for her dance numbers. But her stint in the movie ‘khakee’ made her look phenomenal. She danced on the song, ‘aisa jadoo” from the same movie. She has acted in many movies and the film “andaaz” won her filmfare best female debut award. The 2011 movie “Don 2” also saw lara dutta in a cameo role and the title track of the movie “aa gaya dekho don”. The song was catchy and Lara looked hot dancing opposite Shahrukh khan.
8. Chitrangada Singh
Known for her intense looks, Chitrangada Singh is an Indian actress. She debuted with ‘hazaaron khwaishein aisi’ and won herself many acclaims. As a girl, she looked like former Indian actress ‘Smita Patil’. She grabbed eyeballs with her first item number ‘kaafirana’ from the movie “joker”. She is known for her serious roles but went full role reversal for this song. She turned her classy looks to a rough rural look and thrilled all her fans.
7. Priyanka Chopra
Miss world 2000 and a national award winner for the movie “fashion”, Priyanka Chopra has fans all around the world. Recently she launched her music album “exotic” featuring Pitbull. She has been working incessantly in the film industry and giving good roles. The actress gave the item song “babli badmash” for the movie “shootout at wadala”. She was very excited about this new role as an item girl. She is very well known for her highly professional attitude and showcased it by looking super-hot in the song. She worked hard on her look and outfit for the song.
6. Claudia Ciesla
A German model and actress paving her way to Bollywood, Claudia Ciesla made instant success with her debut item number. The song “balma” from the movie “khiladi-786” became a huge hit with catchy dance moves and the German model lip syncing it. This song has since become a must in any disco. We definitely want her to do more dance numbers. A foreign origin girl doing the typical Bollywood dance moves with much perfection and ease makes for a definite watch!
5. Gauhar Khan
An Indian model, VJ and actress, Gauhar Khan has definitely established herself as the perfect item girl in the industry. She started off with the first item number of her Bollywood career “nasha nasha” from the movie ‘Aan-men at work’. She was noticed for her sensuous moves in the song ‘Parda Parda’ in the film ‘Once upon a time in Mumbai’. This song was a remixed version of the Rajesh Khanna starring movie ‘Apna Desh’. The track was the biggest USP of the film with the perfect mix of the 70s look, cabaret moves and Gauhar Khan hogging the limelight. She created a scintillating effect in the song “chokra jawan” from the movie ‘ishaqzaade’ as the village beauty. The crackling chemistry between the lead actor and her is a delight to watch. The same movie saw her dance to the tunes of ‘jhallah wallah’.
4. Katrina Kaif
The petite, prim and proper Barbie doll of the industry, Katrina Kaif was overnight transformed into a seductive item girl. She enthralled and mesmerized us with her alluring dance movies in ‘sheila ki jawani’ from the film ‘tees maar khan’. The actress was put on a strict diet regime by director and choreographer Farah Khan to look the perfect item girl. When asked about the song, Katrina agreed that this number was one of her raunchiest performances. Her wagon didn’t stop there. We saw more of Katrina Kaif in the dance number from ‘Agneepath’. Chikni Chameli made her a national rage. No wonder, young boys drool over our very own sexy Barbie doll!
3. Kareena Kapoor Khan
Born in the Kapoor family, Kareena Kapoor Khan has held the family high with her top notch roles in the Bollywood. she added another feather in her hat when she stepped into Helen’s shoes with the ‘Yeh mera dil’ number in Don. The fans were wooed with her sexy outfit and stepping moves on Akon’s song ‘Chammak Challo’ from the movie ‘RA one’. Dancing opposite Shahrukh Khan, the song continues to be a hit on TV and wireless. The song ‘halkat jawani’ was totally in sync with bollywood’s experiment with flippant lyrics and naught moves. The film didn’t do well but the song does gyrates her audience. The latest item number ‘fevicol se’ opposite Salman Khan sees her dropping the curious and conscious image. The song is one of the most popular songs in the year 2012.
2. Mallika Sherawat
Known for her bold onscreen attitude with the movie ‘murder’, Mallika Sherawat is one of the top item girls in the industry. The audience has seen many of her item numbers come alive with bold and seductive names like ‘Laila’, ‘Razia’, ‘Shalu’ and ‘Jalebi Bai’. The first of this list was an item number from the much acclaimed movie Guru, ‘Maiya Maiya’. She dressed very provocatively and danced like a professional belle. She dazzled on screen with several item numbers which made her the most sought after item girl in Bollywood. she was the obvious choice for ‘shalu ke thumkey’, ‘jalebi bai’ and ‘laila’. Such is her impact that Indian actor Sonu Sood requested the actress to shake a leg with him in ‘Maximum’.
1. Maliaka Arora Khan
The song ‘Chaiya chaiya’ from the movie ‘Dil se’ can be counted as the harbinger of modern item numbers in Bollywood. who danced on that epic song? None other than Maliaka Arora Khan. Then she came up with ‘maahi ve’. The song literally brought the picture of pole dancing and strip clubs to the indian cinema which was untouched before. Who will forget the epic dance number from Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’. ‘Munni’ gyrated the audience and her fans stood up to rock the floors of the movie halls. She is 37 but has always managed to maintain her curvy figure. She has turned heads for powerful and sultry dance performances in films like ‘kaal’, ‘welcome’ and ‘hey baby’. She also made her fans join the dance floor with ‘anarkali’. The actress with her immense poise and graceful dance can make the audience gaga over any dance number. She always tops the charts of the item girls.