Press Trust of India
May 19, 2012 09:10 IST
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who
has portrayed strong roles on silver screen in a number of
movies, says she has no problem with the item numbers provided
they are situational.
"I have far less problem with women doing item numbers
than they falling on the feet of men. Item numbers will
continue to happen. Whether it is required in the situation or
not is what matters," Shabana Azmi said.
"For instance the Beedi song from the film Omkara
(pictured on Bipasha Basu) was fantastic. It had robust
energy. It should not be like they (women) are surrendering to
males," she said.
Newbie Parineeti Chopra, who was also present at the
event, echoed similar sentiments.
"Even the song Jhalla Walla from my film
Ishaqzaade was an item number, which had two girls dancing
in front of men, was not titilate them. I am not saying item
numbers should be stopped... I hope there won't be useless
stuff five years down the line," Parineeti said.
Both the actresses feel that the portrayal of women in
Hindi cinema has changed over a period of time.
"The heroine in Hindi films has travelled much, but needs to travel
further. Cinema reflects society, hence we get to see working
women roles in films today, which is a good thing," Shabana Azmi
"There has been a transition. There are writer,
directors and producers, who are ready to write roles for
women," Parineeti said.
The actors were the chief guest at the
launch of Bhavna Somaya's book titled 'Mother Maiden
Mistress'. Director Habib Faisal and playback singer Alka
Yagnik were also present.