The other day I finally got around to listening to Rajneeti songs. I totally wasn't anticipating the soundtrack or anything because based off the promos I thought, "enh... will it even have a soundtrack?" I, unfaithfully (to Bollywood), didn't bother to check the music director(s) or anything. Lucky for me, I caught a song promo on B4U and I'm glad I did. The music is surprisingly good so you should definitely check it out. But that's not why I'm posting. It's something I saw in the video that caused this post. Barkha Bisht has/had an item number in the film! Barkha = a television actress, a fabulous dancer and a killer body. I call her "The Shilpa Shetty of Tellywood" in my head.
Is it becoming a trend to feature television actresses/models in item songs? Remember Gauhar Khan's featured in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai? I don't mind at all. If you haven't figured out by now, I'm on a crusade to bring back quality female dancing in Bollywood (a pent up rant I've been saving to post) and I've always said TV actresses are better than film actresses. Shama Sikandar also has a dance number in the upcoming comedy, Kushti.
Here's Barkha's item from Rajneeti (sorry for the poor quality this was the best I could find):
The only complaint I have about all of this is the song doesn't match the OVERDONE club scene. It does, but it doesn't. There was so much potential to run with this and do a ghagra-wearing tumka dance, but of course... we must feature a club scene. It probably doesn't even work into the story line, but we still should do it because that's what India loves. Ugh, SO OVER IT! Okay, in their defense, I'm sure a ghagra-wearing tumka dance didn't work into the story either... but still! Anyhow, I hear this entire song was cut from the film. Someone clarify?
Shama Sikander's item number for Kushti:
They got everything right except for that horrifically annoying voice. I know it's supposed to be a rustic-folk feel, but they failed and it kills the entire song. What a shame. Isn't it sooooo refreshing to see a dancer who can complete her moves?! Ah. I'm glad she's sticking to item numbers though and not dipping into the acting pool anymore 'cause that was a train wreck.
I've been a fan of Shama and Barkha's dancing, an extreme fan of Gauhar's dancing but I'm an absolute die-hard fan when it comes to Mouni Roy's moves. Glad 3/4 have been featured. Now someone give Mouni a beautiful mujra number for us to marvel over!