When you watch a few tacky Bollywood item numbers, such as 'Fevicol' and 'Hookah Bar', you wonder if Bollywood has hit rock bottom in the name of entertainment. But then again, there is some respite in the department of item songs featuring male actors. A few songs have broken the trend of having the typical rural backdrop and theme for item numbers featuring only female actors.
Lungi Dance (Chennai Express)
Chennai Express must have not been everyone's favourite, despite the desperate attempts of Rohit Shetty to entertain the audience. This is one Bollywood item number that made Kevin Spacey dance to the tunes of Bollywood. This song is so funny, it makes you chuckle. Having the surprising combination of Yo Yo Honey Singh with Deepika Padukone dancing in a colourful saree, the rest of the dance crew used Lungis as props. Who would ever use Lungis so creatively and make them look chic? Bollywood can be full of surprises with SRK dancing in Lungis to an Item number. The lyrics of this item number are funny, innovative and original. This item number is archetype in every aspect. It has to be; after all it is dedicated to, 'Thailava the Boss- Rajinikant'.
Dilli wali Girlfriend (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
This item number from the movie Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani movie is yet another song where the actress does not have a sole performance. Her male counterpart, Ranbir Kapoor, also accompanies Deepika and makes another above average item song.
Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
This can be classified as a pet song of every Indian Casanova or the typical road Romeo. With a dash of Indian rap thrown in and some dinchak music to support it, this too makes an above average item song featuring Ranbir Kapoor. He is not only a fantabulous actor, but also has a good dancing talent.
I hate you (Delhi Belly)
It was quite surprising to see Aamir Khan do this item number with typical pelvic movements. This item number is peppy and amusing to watch. Aamir in his retro style shakes a leg and tries his best to keep up with the height of Anushka Dandekar. (Video courtesy Gyanendra via Youtube)
Bollywood has evolved in its tradition of item songs. They are no more infused with Bihari or regional colloquialism. They have a very unusual mix of different genres of music and lyrics in a good blend. This good blend is however, only found in a handful of them. The rest of them are simply unmentionable.