Since the past two decades, the concept of an item number has remained a highly criticised and debatable topic among the literate classes. On the other hand, these item songs have always been massive crowd pleasers. With the advent of modernity in Bollywood, item numbers play a crucial role in making a film commercially successful.
There were times, when newcomers found item numbers, a more amenable shortcut to success. You may call it cheap or down market, but "item girl" today is an very expensive. Though item numbers of today, have been criticised for their gratuitous objectification of the female body, we witness all the top-notch Bollywood actresses making their foray into this zone.
The year 2012 have witnessed some of Bollywood's most successful actresses, performing hot item dance numbers in movies. Actresses like Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan and many more are fighting it out, in order to grab the title of best "item girl". Whom do you think amongst them can be termed as the best item girl of 2012?
It was blow to the faces of all the Katrina Kaif detractors, who had always criticised her for being a bad dancer. Katrina managed to grab a lot of eyeballs with her unabashed moves in the spicy sizzler 'Chikni Chameli' from the movie Agneepath.
'Halkat Jawaani' from Heroine is considered as one of the best and raunchiest numbers of 2012. Kareena's sizzling matkas and jhatkas, added up to her naughty expressions in the song, made the song a successful one of the year.
Malaika Arora Khan
This Anarkali still remains one of the hottest item girls of Bollywood, even at 40. Malaika's hourglass figure and sizzling avatar in 'Anarkali Disco Chali' from Housefull 2, remains the X-factor of the film.
When Rani made her comeback with Aiyyaa, it was beyond one's imagination that she could do something like 'Aga Bai'. Her fans were ecstatic to watch out Rani in her belly dancing avatar.
Wrapped in a blood-red Nauwari sari, Vidya Balan made her lavani item number 'Mala jau de' absolutely electrifying. It is said that Ms Balan had done complete justice to this authentic lavani number.
Kapoor's mujra number in the film Agent Vinod, was a complete new challenge to the actress. And, not to worry, Bebo got her 'classic adaayein' absolutely perfect and managed to receive good response.
When this Billo rani performed on the item song named after her "Bipasha bipasha", it made the nation groove and dance on her hot, sultry steps.
She crossed the border and raised the temperatures across India, with her item dance from the film Gali Gali Chor Hai. But unfortunately, this item song couldn't do much good to Ms Malik's Bollywood career, as it had the potential to be a rage only in the single screen theatres.
Meet the hot Nathalia Kaur. Oops, we are wrong. Meet Ram Gopal Varma's THE NATHALIA KAUR, who made Ramuji go gaga over her beauty. But, then came her steamy item number from Department. And, the rest is all history.
Last but not the least, we present before you the Chotti Begum aka Kareena Kapoor, who gave all her contemporaries a serious run for money, with her item number 'Fevicol Se' from Dabangg 2. She was a complete stunner in the song.