Actor Chitrangada Singh is the new item girl of Bollywood, with her sensuous dance number Kaafirana in upcoming film Joker, but the actor begs to differ and says she is no where close to bagging the title. Chitrangada says she fails to understand why she is in the spotlight for just doing a dance number. “It’s just a song at the end of the day and I don’t understand what the big deal is about an item number. We had songs in Mughal-e-Azam and they were never termed as item songs. You just remember the song and the dance and it’s beautiful,” she says.
“If we do it in a certain way, and there is nothing objectionable about the lyrics or dance steps, then I don’t know why anything becomes objectionable or has to be explained,” she adds. The actor also does not like being counted in the league of actors who have turned into item girls.
“I get irritated by the term item number but I do understand that it’s a way of people to understand that you are not a part of the film but just doing a song. I think it’s about just tagging the actor. It’s good to keep changing tags as an actor. I have been tagged before and now I have got another one," she said.
Choreographed by Farah Khan, the song sees the 36-year-old bearing a striking resemblance to that of actor Madhuri Dixit’s look in the song Humko Aajkal Hai from Sailaab (1990). Chitrangada says she wanted to bring about the dancing diva’s sensuousness to the song.
"I am not trying to copy Madhuri, I don’t think anybody can do a Madhuri, she is someone so special and it is a package that comes rare. We took the look that we wanted from her song and tried to bring in that sensuosness to the song that she carries,” she said. The number didn’t come as an easy task for Chitrangada, who injured herself while rehearsing for it. “Farah is known to be this strict choreographer but I escaped her wrath because I injured my knee while I was rehearsing.”