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Is Madhuri Dixit meant for item numbers?
May 28, 2013 10:37:49 AM IST updated May 28, 2013 02:50:54 PM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
Item numbers from the time when they made their debut have turned out to be the channel vehicle for stars to leverage on their brand equity and give it a twist through a raunchy number to ride into the heart of the audience, keep the cash counters in swing at the box-office, as also provide the star who is doing the item song oodles of money for an effort which is fraction of what he or she would have to entail in executing a full-fledged role. Well, even a Kareena Kapoor did it and so has a Madhuri Dixit. But the 'Ghaghra' song from the movie YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI which has been brandied as an item number does not do justice to the talent of Madhuri Dixit at all.
An item song by its very nomenclature is shot through and through with element of raunch, titillation, pelvic thrusts etc., the whole package being wrapped in such a way to pander to the latent sexual desires and works as a trigger to manifest itself in one form or the other on the screen. However, if one were to look into the oeuvre of Madhuri Dixit's dance numbers, it never has had a performance which had an element of titillation associated with it. Madhuri Dixit's numbers have had a certain grace in all the songs that she has performed and they just stop shy of gravitating to titillation and being grotesque and vulgar.
The item song of YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, which Madhuri has done, indeed was a perfect opportunity to reinvent the wheel of item songs when Madhrui Dixit was chosen to perform it and it could have given a new dimension to the manner in which the item songs are being performed and would have gone a long way in exorcising the element of vulgarity associated with item songs. Sadly enough the opportunity has been lost, and perhaps this could be the reason why Madhuri's soul is not to be seen in the song 'Ghaghra', and when Madhuri's soul is not to be seen the effervescence of performance, which has been the hallmark of her career, is lacking abjectly.
May be, one only hopes that this would be learning how to utilize immensely talented Madhuri Dixit in a much better way than how it has been done in 'Ghaghra' song of YJHD. Performances indeed go through the motion of crests and troughs and this number from YJHD ought to be treated as trough from where she should rise to the crest, as only then would the immensely talented Madhuri Dixit be able to underline why she has been the dancing diva of India for so many years.