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Daisy Shah: Katrina’s dance is a guest appearance; if I dance, it’s an item song

Daisy Shah, who is part of Salman Khan’s Da-Bang tour, says that she’s still trying to establish herself as an actor, and at this point, she doesn’t want to be labelled an ‘item song’ performer.

bollywood Updated: Oct 15, 2017 14:18 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Actor Daisy Shah made her Bollywood debut in the Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho (2014).
Actor Daisy Shah made her Bollywood debut in the Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho (2014).

Actor Daisy Shah started her career as a dancer in choreographer Ganesh Acharya’s dance troupe and worked with him for almost a decade. But today, she is clear that she won’t take up any item song, even if she is offered one by the biggest of banners. Why? “Let me just make my mark as an actor first, and then an item song can be the second step. I am still in my struggling phase. I have to carve a niche for myself — that’s my goal right now,” says Daisy, who has done films such as Jai Ho (2014) and Hate Story 3 (2015).

The actor might not be doing many films right now, but being a part of Salman Khan’s Da-Bang tour, Daisy makes sure she remains in the limelight. And considering that Salman’s tour is all about dancing and doing live shows across countries, her reluctance about item songs sounds quite ironical.

Daisy clarifies, “The problem is with the mindset of people in [Bollywood]. They have their own set notions. If you do an item song, then you’re categorised as an item girl; if you focus on acting, you’re categorised as an actor.”

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However, it’s different for A-list actors or those who’re established names, says Daisy. “If you’ve made it big in Bollywood, such as Kareena Kapoor Khan and Katrina Kaif, and then you do an item song, it becomes a ‘guest appearance’. That’s how it works. Sadly, that’s the attitude of our Hindi film industry,” she adds.

“So let’s put it this way: I don’t intend to do item numbers, but [will do] guest appearances,” quips Daisy. “I would make it sound classy. I will not consider any offer for an item song. I will turn it down. The day they call me for a guest appearance, I will consider and may agree to do it.”

‘I would make it sound classy. I will not consider any offer for an item song. I will turn it down. The day they call me for a guest appearance, I will consider and may agree to do it’ — Daisy Shah

Sometime back, there was speculation that Daisy would be seen in an item number in Race 3, starring Salman, and that’s why she didn’t even join the makers of her film Ram Rattan for the promotions. Rubbishing these reports, she retorts, “If I wanted to do an item song, I would’ve done it in Bhoomi (Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film) when I was asked to do it. Why would I lie? I’m not interested in doing any item song, so I won’t cook up such a story. I am straightforward and don’t like doing jalebi talks. I can’t, even my wildest dreams, say that I am doing an item song.”

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