Kriti Sanon Doesn’t Like the Term Item Number
Kriti Sanon stated that when male stars perform dance songs, they're not given the same tag
In a short span of five years, actress Kriti Sanon has made a name in Bollywood. From starring in films opposite Shah Rukh Khan, to being a part of Heropanti, Raabta and Bareilly ki Barfi, the starlet has come a long way. She also performed dance numbers for a few films, namely in Stree for Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe and Kalank's Aira Gaira which were very well received by the audience. Now these special dance numbers are often referred to as item numbers in Bollywood. However, Kriti, who has never shied away from expressing her opinions, finds the term a "little derogatory".
Speaking of the "item number" tag, Kriti said, "Why people call these special dance songs as item numbers, is something I really don’t understand. It does not give out good vibes. They are simply dance numbers that add to the entertainment factor of the film. And these songs are loved by people. So why not be little respectful to those who are making these songs and also those who are a part of it?" She added that this bias only comes when an actress is doing a special number, stressing that an actor's special dance numbers are never labeled "item numbers". The 28-year-old starlet, continued, "When Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan sir or Salman Khan perform special songs in films, they are never called item numbers. Then why do these terms exist when an actress does the same? This mindset need to change."
Kriti further explained that for someone who considers dancing as a passion and enjoys it, the term is very hurtful and unnecessary. She concluded, "I was studying to be an engineer when modeling and acting happened. I realized midway that it is my calling because I have always been creative. Also, dancing is something that I love. So be it any dance number, they’re all really close to my heart, which is why this ‘item song’ tag is a little upsetting. In the long run, I would like to do a dance film as well." Kriti was last seen in Luka Chuppi opposite Kartik Aryan, which released earlier this year. Her special guest appearance and dance number in Kalank alongside Varun Dhawan and Adita Roy Kapoor was also loved by many. The actress is currently gearing up for her upcoming film Arjun Patiala opposite Diljit Dosanjh and Sunny Leone. She is also filming Housefull 4 with Akshay Kumar and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and period drama Panipat along with Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.