Hema MaliniMumbai: Yesteryear dream girl Hema Malini interacting with media on the sidelines of an event celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in Mumbai aired her views on hot item numbers that Bollywood is crazy about now a days. Even top heroines are competing with each other to do item numbers than heroine roles as they are offered huge bucks in the process. Hema says “It’s not my taste but people’s taste has changed. What to do? People love to see all that. But I would like to say one thing that the big heroines who have earned a name for themselves don’t need to do item numbers. There are a lot of other people to do item numbers.”

Bollywood has seen some of the item songs like Katrina Kaif’s “Sheila ki jawani” and “Chikni Chameli”, Deepika Padukone’s “Dum maaro dum” and Kareena Kapoor’s “Chammak challo” became chartbusters. Speaking further she says “The whole meaning of item numbers has changed from our time. Now they are ‘Munni badnaam’ and some ‘Jalebi’ and people like it. I personally don’t like these songs.” Hema started her career with 1968 movie “Sapno Ka Saudagar” and in her more than four decade career, she has done numerous films in like “Seeta Aur Geeta” and “Sholay” which earned her great acclaim at the box office.

Hema is an acclaimed bharatanatayam dancer and does solo stage performances as well as with her two daughters – Esha and Ahana Deol.Speaking about present generation stars and their dancing abilities, she says “After Madhuri and Sridevi, I think Aishwarya is a nice dancer. She has done some good work. Vidya Balan is also nice. I have not seen anyone after that.” Hema also runs a classical dance institute Natyavihar Kalakendra.

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