Given a choice, actors might want to keep item numbers out of their CVs, but not Ameesha Patel. She is keen on doing an item song in her next film — south director Susi Ganesan’s Shortcut Romeo — in which she has a negative role.
Ganesan reveals, “She was insistent about doing the number ever since she heard that there is one in the film. But her part in the movie is a negative one. I couldn’t change the part and make her do an item song. As a director, I told her that it would affect the whole character graph; so I had to refuse.”
The Tamil original, Thiruttu Payale (2006), had an item number with belly dancers.
The Hindi adaptation of the track has been shot in a bar. Ganesan is considering roping in some Bollywood stars to dance to the song composed by Himesh Reshammiya. “The hunt is on, and I have to finalise someone for the item number in 20 days. I’m looking for some actors, who will feature in this song alone. But I have not approached anyone yet,” he says. Shortcut Romeo is a romantic-thriller, also starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Puja Gupta.