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What are item gals upto these days?

Item babes, the pinup girls are the ones who lent the cleavage colour to spice up the pace of a film and shake their booty while the A-grade heroines stayed traditional and donned the 'girl-you-can-take-home-to-your-mom' avatar.

tabloid Updated: Apr 27, 2006 18:09 IST
Soumik Sen

Now that Negar Khan has applied for a work permit, we may well get to see her botox and silicon grab the flashlights on the Page 3 circuit, but let's face it, her era of sleaze may well be over, and her dancing skills alone won't suffice getting her a platform in Alist Bollywood. Her attempt to re-enter the scene does bring the spotlight back on one-time reigning item girls.

They were the item babes, the pinup girls, who lent the cleavage colour to spice up the pace of a film and shake their booty while the A-grade heroines stayed traditional and donned the 'girl-you-can-take-home-to-your-mom' avatar. Now that sleaze is no longer the flavour at the box-office and even item numbers dominated by A-list stars, HT Style decided to take a look at where they are. While they have been trying to take that step to meatier roles, the reality bites.

Despite their image, some like Raakhee Sawant prefer to stay in the skimpy avatar only in big banner films like Priyadarshan's Malamaal Weekly, and may do the B-grade dance number for other reasons (her brother's directorial debut Hot 

Money will have Sawant dressed in coins), but has made it very clear that no matter how big the role, she isn't willing to let B and C-grade flicks dictate her market positioning. Despite a second lead role in Twelve O'clock, she has decided to stick to her niche of item songs, a stage career and yes, a debut as a singer (God help us!).

And for the less fortunate like Antara Biswas, who has had to change her name to Monalisa, the career ends at the ebb of C-graders which use the lure of skin to bring in ogling frontbenchers. But are there good offers coming her way?

“What else can I do except expect these roles to come my way? It is better to have some work, whatever kind it may be, than no work,” she candidly confesses.