Flaming glossy lipsticks, pants so high-waisted they're almost painful, puffy sleeves and an era of unabashedly questionable fashion choices on cinema and in reality… these were just a few markers that were landmarks for the 90's. But what made this ear glorious was the never-ending bust-heaving, pelvic thrusting & numerous birds-and-bees references through our very own Bollywood songs.
But the fabulosity of some of these 'item songs' which blazed the charts way before the term was coined in the first place, still flames on. So let's bring on the Bollywood night peeps, and let's pay an ode to the fab 90's with this awesome possum item song playlist!
We heart Madhuri. There are no two ways about it. But way way waaaay before she was an actor of substance, she 'busted' the typical 90's beats( pun ENTIRELY intended!) and Bollywood sensuality was never the same again. Flaming orange and enough midriff to make us kids drool, Ms Dixit cemented her status as a sex symbol and a heartthrob, all in a heartbeat! And Anil Kapoor also starred in the song by the way… don't remember? We thought so!
Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole
Pre-Raja Hindustani, Karisma Kapoor was a Govinda heroine who could only dance in a David Dhawan movie and be the means to a happy ending for the lurid-trousered Chi Chi. Yep… Bebo was the shiz in the 90's but only when it came to faux-sexy item numbers… and the corniness of it all doesn't get better than this song, where, dressed to the nines in shimmer, glitter, sparkle and glitter, Karisma goes, "Hi Sexy, Hello Sexy!" Um… we did warn you… we liked a lot of inexplicable things in the 90's!
Tip Tip Barsa Pani
Mohra had quite a few gems, for sure, but the peak for the film was arguably was Raveena Tandon scampering and jiving in a rain-soaked sari. Yep… saris were sexy again. And while we were hard pressed to erase Akshay Kumar's uber-hirsute torso from our memories, with Miss Tandon's oomph and appeal, it wasn't such a difficult thing after all.
Choli ke Peeche
Remember when our parents refused to let us watch, listen or hum this pure gem? Apparently this song held the power to corrupt our innocent little minds just by telling us exactly what lies beneath… the choli that is! Madhuri didn't need any more proving that she was a box-office firebrand after this, and with Ila Arun's Bnajara-chic voice matching Alka Yagnik's lilt, a powerhouse item song for the decades was born.
Choli Ke Peeche
Urmila Matondkar was once the queen of all item songs. And she knew how to move! In a movie so thick with 'man'power that we forgot Mamta Kulkarni even starred, it's a feat that the one thing the film is remembered by is this song. Well-choreographed and catchy to the T, the song got its moment in the sun after being featured in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge… and Bollywood was officially part of the world lexicon again.
Malaika Arora. Pre-hard-rock abs SRK. A.R. Rahman. Dancing atop a train. Equals… CRAZY hit. Enough said.
UP Bihar Lootne
So, there's ballet. There's jazz. There's hiphop. And to top it all is the laganga naach, which is arguably the best genre of dance that was ever made! Democratic and pretty much devoid of any rules, this allows us to do whatever the heck we want to do when a raging number is on. And holy testament to this was the furore Shilpa Shetty('s midriff) created when the true blue bhaiyya attitude was all one needed dance like a maniac to this number. And dance we did… for years at end.
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