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Mallika's item number not needed in Tezz: Priyadarshan

Komal Panchamatia, PTI  Mumbai, April 14, 2012
First Published: 16:06 IST(13/4/2012) | Last Updated: 18:40 IST(14/4/2012)

Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat's latest item number Laila in Priyadarshan's forthcoming action thriller, Tezz has not apparently gone down well with the director as he says it was not required and was added just for promotions.

"I never wanted the item song in the film but the producers (Ratan Jain of Venus) said we are a musical company and hence it came in the film. They went ahead with it and producers naturally are always right as they spend money all the time. I did not want to do it, so they shot it without me, but that is fine," Priyadarshan told PTI in an interview.

"The song in Tezz is not needed. It is placed without any connection. But such things they do for promotions.. and that is what they mean. 'Tezz' is not a musical film.. it is an action film, so they feel item songs and all are important for promotion. So I don't know whether they are right or me," he said.

Mallika is seen grooving in a copper outfit to the item number sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and composed by music duo Sajid-Wajid. Reportedly, three names had cropped for this song – Mallika Sherawat, Sameera Reddy and Jiah Khan.

The filmmaker insists he is not against the idea of having item numbers in a film but all he says is there must be reason for it to be part of the movie.

"I am basically against item songs, which are put in the film without any reason. I have also shot item numbers, but only when it is needed. It should go with the film and it should not stand separately without any connection with the movie," he said.

With Tezz, Priyan has for first time dabbled in genre of action-thrillers.

"I made a thriller because this is something I have never done before. And that is basically because I believe in all kind of cinema.. if you like every kind of cinema then you can make every kind of cinema. I know I took some time to make a thriller but it never struck me. But I really wanted to do a thriller like Hollywood style," the director said.

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