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Mumaith Khan - from item numbers to serious roles

Mumaith Khan has been slowly losing the tag of "Item Girl" with the onset of her recent films. From doing notable work that amounts to item numbers, the gutsy babe has gone onto get female lead roles in films like to-be-released Mangatayaru Tiffin Centre, Maisamma IPS, F.M - Fun and Masti. Arguably the Rakhi Sawant of Tollywood, she is making the world sit up and notice her work.

She made her film-acting debut in long before her item song in Munnabhai MBBS when she was al but 17 years of age. Her item song in the film launched her to become the most sought after item girl in the film industry nationwide. Even regional film bosses audiences noticed her, which resulted in her getting offers to showcase her glamour in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. A majority of her work has come from Telugu movies.

Despite her sudden success, she remained humble but maintained her sex appeal. She has graduated to becoming an actress with Don, Bhukailas, Operation Duryodhana and Evadaithe Nakenti - movies in which she has played female lead roles. Producers of some of her films had reportedly asked her to do a Mallika Sherawat in one of she movies and she was bold enough to say "Maaf kar do bhaiya, abhi to main bold hi nahin hoon" (Pardon me brother but I am not so bold).

She has also lit up the international stage in a video with sizzling in an Enrique Inglesias video. Being from a poor family, she had to take up a job with a dancing troupe for a monthly pay of Rs. 1500 per month. She was the only support for her family of four sisters. One of them - Zobyn Khan - danced in an item number in Jagadam.

Mumaith Khan initially charged 1.5 lakh rupees per item song when she started out. Now her rate is 15 lakhs for an item song and 35 lakhs for full-fledged role. Well, rock on Mumaith, we say.

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