Pinky not so hot as Mohini, Munni and Sheila

An item girl rocking the stage and grooving to a peppy number on the screen is the most popular avatar of Bollywood babes. The initiation of item numbers in the silver screen entertainment of India dates back to the year 1954 when Shakila’s electrifying item number, Babuji dheere chalna in Aar Par staring Raj Kapoor won the hearts. Then did Helen’s item numbers with her killing moves come to scorch the screen. Her first performance in the item number, Mera naam chin chin chu, in Shakti Samanta’s Howrah Bridge retains the sheen even today. Helen’s Aa jane ja in Inteqam, Piya tu ab to aja in Caravan, Mehbooba mehbooba in Sholay and Yeh mera dil in Don are some of the hottest items numbers filmed on the yesteryear Bollywood divas.

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Then, it is Madhuri Dixit who appeared as Mohini the “Tezaab” girl on the glittering stage with the item number, Ek do tin, in the year 1988. Since her Dhak dhak performance with seductive appeals in Beta starring Anil Kapoor, Bollwood item numbers have become hotter and hotter with spicy content. Mamta Kulkarni, Urmila Matondkar, Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora, Negar Khan, Yana Gupta, Rakhi Sawant and Kareena Kapoor jumped on to the bandwagon. However, among the contemporary item girls of B-town, Munni and Sheela set the stage on fire.

Malaika Arora’s Munni badnam hui in Dabaang starring Salman Khan vs Katrina Kaif’s Sheila ki jawani in Tees Maar Khan starring Akshay Kumar was the long-running topic of gossip for Bollywood magazines. Now is the time of Priyanka Chopra’s Pinky in Zanjeer, remake of the 1973 Bollywood movie of the same name. Her Mumbai na Delhi walo ki, Pinky hai paise walo ki has been doing rounds on YouTube. However, Pinky is not so hot as Mohini, Munni and Sheila.

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