10 Evergreen Item Numbers of the Hindi Film Industry

8:00 am 28 Sep, 2014

Item numbers have been keeping alive the spirit of most of the movies even though they might not be having any direct involvement in the script. Supposedly, these item numbers were introduced in movies to compensate love making scenes, which our ‘AADARSHVADI’ society couldn’t tolerate. That’s weird actually, because they could very easily tolerate rape scenes on the big screen rather than an act of love. Without starting any debate on that, let’s recall one the most popular ‘Item Numbers’ of the Hindi film industry –

10. AA JAANE JAAN, Intaqam, 1969

Helen, the queen of item numbers danced to the music produced by Laxmikant Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar’s voice added magic to the song. Helen with her seductive looks and energy tried luring a man who was locked in a cage. I bet there might have been many men who wanted to be in that cage.

9. PIYA TU AB TO AAJA, Caravan, 1971

RD Burman’s music, Asha Bhosle’s voice and Helen’s dance – what a wonderful musical and visual delight? Gorgeous Monica waiting for her love, a glass full of wine, moonlight, a wonderful setup and talent of Helen, these are the perfect ingredients for an Item Number. How many of you have actually called out Monica’s name in the same style “Moooonnnnniiiiiiccaaaaaaaaaaaa oh my darling”??


The only good thing which Bachoo Yadav did in the movie was throwing a party on his marriage anniversary and hiring a folk-dancer (Shilpa Shetty) to perform. This lady literally looted everyone’s hearts and RAATO KI NEEND. The peppy dance number and the dance sequence flashes right in front of the eyes just as this song gets played and the LATTKA JHATKAS are so hard to control.



The beautiful and pleasing personality of Yana Gupta the Czech beauty surely had thousands of volts of BIJLI to deliver in this song. The desperate eyes of the dancers did a lot of justice to Yana’s sexy and steamy looks. CHUNNE SE JALL JAAOGE turns to be true when there’s a transition from the rural to a totally modern backdrop and Yana sets the floor on fire.

6. KAJRA RE, Bunty Aur Babli, 2005

This song features the magic created by two trios, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with the music, and the three Bachchans, Amitabh-Abhishek-Aishwarya with their dance. This item number was fully loaded, the re-invented Qawaali genre and the Kajra in Aishwarya’s eyes made the song extremely popular amongst the masses.


5. BEEDI JALAILE, Omkara, 2006

CAUTION: DHUMRPAAN SEHAT KE LIYE HANIKARAK HAI. Shakespeare could have never imagined that the Indian adaption of his play Othello could have such a raunchy song in it. The hotness of the dusky beauty Bipasha Basu could have set the most expensive cigars on fire.

4. MUNNI BADNAAM, Dabangg, 2010

This is the song from where the name game starts. Munni Badnaam in a way added fuel to the fire which had been started by item numbers. Salman Khan, Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora Khan carried the song really well with their dance, looks and HOT bodies. Ab CHULBUL PANDEY ji ke raj mein naach gaana nahi hogga toh kya hoga?

3. SHEILA KI JAWANI, Tees Maar Khan, 2010

The only thing to watch in the movie Tees Maar Khan was this song. Katrina Kaif has the best moves in business right now and we all saw that in the song. All the Sheila Aunties must have had a great time listening and dancing to the tunes of this song.


2. CHIKNI CHAMELI, Agneepath, 2012

Everyone was eagerly waiting for KJo’s Agneepath and as they say “Sabar Ka Phal Meetha Hotta Hai”, we got Chikni Chameli as a bonus. Yet again, Katrina Kaif was successful in casting a spell over the audiences with her dance moves.


1. FEVICOL, Dabangg 2, 2012

This song also had the TEEN KA TARHKA, i.e. 3-Ks, Kareena Kapoor Khan. We had never imagined that Zandu Balm and Fevicol could be a part of the sexiest dance numbers ever. This song is another example that when it comes to entertainment, the Kapoors never miss the bull’s eye.


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