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War of the item girls

Mallika Sherawat wants Malaika Arora's item song deleted from Aneez Bazmee's Welcome. Shaikh Ayaz tells more.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2007 12:44 IST
Shaikh Ayaz

Mallika Sherawat, who features in the upcoming Welcome, has an item number in the film. So, why does she feel threatened by Malaika Arora Khan?

Growling session
Fills in a source, "Mallika has been growling over Malaika's item with Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar. She's furious that the director has used another item girl despite her presence. In fact, Malaika doesn't even have much of a role. Mallika believes she is a major star. She probably wants to ensure that her role doesn't lose impact."

So, can it be assumed that the two women are at war?

"First tell me who's Mallika Sherawat to decide which song to retain and which to delete!" fumes the film's director Anees Bazmee.

A moment's pause and he adds, "Mallika hasn't told me directly that she has a problem with Malaika. In fact, before Mallika was signed, she had told me that she's working in the film only because I'm the director."

Tantrum
Earlier, it had been reported that Sherawat was throwing tantrums during the dubbing of Welcome. She'd constantly chat on the phone, much to the annoyance of the technicians in charge of the dubbing work.