Bhoomi director Omung Kumar: The tag ‘item number’ downgrades the meaning of a song

Filmmaker Omung Kumar talks about the song Trippy Trippy featuring Sunny Leone from his upcoming directorial, Bhoomi, and says that he doesn’t like the tag item number.

bollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2017 17:46 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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Filmmaker Omung Kumar feels the song Trippy Trippy is very important to the plot of his upcoming film, Bhoomi.(Photo: Shivam Saxena/HTPhoto)

Filmmaker Omung Kumar’s next release, Bhoomi, is making noise for quite a few reasons. Besides being actor Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film, it also has an item song titled ‘Trippy Trippy’ featuring Sunny Leone. However, the filmmaker isn’t a big fan of the term ‘ item number’ and says that the ‘tag’ destroys the meaning and the purpose of the song.

“You want to call it an item number, it’s fine, but I don’t like this tag. The song [in the film] is about the female pushing the other guy away. It is an integral part to the plot, and the situation in the film changes after Trippy Trippy. It’s not just another song; it has a meaning in the film,” says Omung Kumar.

The filmmaker argues that the song isn’t insensitive towards women, and doesn’t commodify them either. He feels that calling dance numbers as item numbers rather degrades the meaning of the song. “People assume certain things when you say item numbers and that’s why I have a problem with that. You see so many top actresses like Kareena [Kapoor] and Katrina [Kaif] doing dance numbers, and they don’t find them demeaning. But when you call a dance number an item number, the perception changes, and people think it is downgrading women. It’s not true,” he maintains.

Bhoomi is a revenge drama about a father, who seeks revenge after the rape of his daughter, and the song, Omung insists, helps in establishing the sensitivity.

“It is a very sensitive film with an equally sensitive topic. There were five songs in the film, which depict all kinds situations and emotions, and there was no song, which could establish the identity of the villain. That’s why we included Trippy Trippy, as it helps do that. And since it was set in Agra, the song also has that backdrop, which explains the situation and the sensitivity,” explains Omung.

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First Published: Sep 19, 2017 17:46 IST