Malaika Arora says, she has no firm plans to be synonymous with item songs in films. She decides to do this as her friend Farah Khan insists on her. She took up Dil Se’s Chaiyya Chaiyya under choreographer Farah Khan. Since then she has performed many dances in major films.
She defends the songs by suggesting that they’re mere representations of the colorful, ‘larger-than-life’ nature of Indian films. She added that the concept of ‘item songs’ has dwindled in today’s time for there’s ‘so much emphasis on not having to objectify, etc.’ However, when she had signed up for the songs and performed for the camera, she felt liberated.
“I felt that I could just be on screen, as this woman and this object of desire. For me, it was very liberating. I never looked at it as, ‘Oh my God, you’re being objectified. For me, it felt like I was in control. I’m anyway one of those women, I like being in control, I like being the master of my own destiny. I don’t like being told what to, how to, where to. It felt amazing,” Malaika said. She also added that the songs have helped in the commercial side of the film.
Lately, she has been busy with her work on the small screen. Malaika is often seen as the judge of reality shows. The recent appearance as a judge was on India’s Best Dancer 2. The actress had judged the dance show alongside Terence Lewis and Geeta Kapur.