If anyone calls me an item, I’ll slap them: Malaika Arora
Malika Arora, who is known for her special dance numbers such as Chaiyya Chaiyya, Munni Badnaam and Anarkali, has said that she is opposed to referring to such performances as ‘item numbers’.
Malaika reportedly told to a journalist in an interview, “Whenever I did a song I did it on my own accord, I never did it under any duress. I was comfortable. If I felt like I was not OK with something, I’d voice my opinion. I’d say, ‘no I don’t like that step’. If I felt like I was being objectified, I’d say it, and I’m not stupid.” She said that she would want to 'slap' whoever refers to her as an 'item' in the same interview.
Malaika admitted that she was aware of the suggestive nature of the lyrics, but said that most of it was ‘tongue-in-cheek’. Malaika said that “I’ve never felt that it crossed that line where it was downright vulgar, or downright offensive.”
Malaika most recently performed a special dance number in the film Pataakha, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.