Top 10 item songs especially for villains

Noorulain Sayed20 Jun 2013

We bring to you the most famous item songs of Bollywood's iconic villians. Not only are the songs chartbusters in their own right, but one look at the baddies and we know that they are enjoying themselves the most.

Today’s Bollywood movies don’t even have a proper villain but there was a time when the baddies ruled the roost. Apart from well defined characters, they had great costumes, lavish sets especially built for them and an item song to feast their lust filled eyes with. Ironically, even the best songs of the movies were reserved for the mean guy and his goons! In most of the cases, the heroines (in rare cases even heroes) of the film, who were held captive, used to give an awesome dance performance just before the main climax scene. Not surprisingly, most of these songs feature Amrish Puri. Mind you, these are no ordinary item songs; these are special dancer performances just for the bad guys. After the iconic villains list, we bring to you the best item songs of Bollywood villains.

Gajjar Ne Kiya Hai IsharaTridev (1989)

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Three captive heroines who have no choice but to do as they are commanded. A very young Madhuri Dixit, a gorgeous Sonam and an almost forgotten Sangeeta Bijlani dancing in front of Bhujang (Amrish Puri) and his gang. They are challenging the might of his evil empire but Bhujang and company don’t seem to care they just are enjoying this ultra glamorous dance to the hilt. Notice how in the middle of the song our three heroes (they are the sole reason behind the film’s title sillies!) run away from jail defeating almost 50 cops in one go! By the time they reach Bhujang’s hideout you guessed it right... the song is over...

Aaj Bachna Hai Mushkil TeraHaatim Tai (1990)

When the evil Jaadugar Kamla (Amrish Puri, who else) captures Haatim (Jeetendra) and his companion Nazrul (Satish Shah), the beautiful Sonu Walia and Sangeeta Bijlaani agree to "please" him so that he frees his captive. The song begins with the epic laughter of our villian. And since he is a magician, he even arranges for several background dancers. Then he starts singing and the two ladies follow suit. In spite of the lyrics: aaj bachna hai mushkil tera (you won’t be spared today), he enjoys it and keeps laughing and making merry. He even sings along! And oh yes, in the end he makes all the background dancers disappear as well! After the song though he turns back on his word. Truly evil!

Mehbooba MehboobaSholay (1975)

In this cult item song, we have Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) and his gang enjoying the mesmerising moves of a gypsy (Helen, brilliantly seductive). Her partner plays a musical instrument and sings. A noteworthy thing here is that the lady doesn't sing at all. While Gabbar, lying on a charpai (cot) is making merry in front of a campfire and feasting his lust filled eyes upon the sexy dancer, Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) are busy placing dynamite all over the place! This song can be called as the father of all villain item songs. According to me, it was this chartbuster that laid the foundation of many more villain item songs. At the end of the song there is a loud explosion... Boom! Gabbar's party comes to an explosive end.

ToofanVishwatma (1992)

This one begins with Ajgar Jurrat (Amrish Puri) saying "Toofaan" several times. Then we see several African men and in the next frame is poor Inspector Surya Pratap (Naseeruddin Shah) in chains captured by the mean guys. Enter Sonam in a green funky outfit who begins the song. The chained cop also starts singing! Another baddie Tapasvi Gunjal (Gulshan Grover) starts playing the flute. The beautiful Divya Bharti joins Sonam, while the goons surround the cop and tease him. Now Ajgar's own daughter (Jyotsna Singh) joins the other two actresses. Then our good old villain starts humming and his gang joins him. This is obviously just before the climax of the film. The song has been shot quite well and the baddies seem to be having the time of their lives in it.

Main Cheez Badi Hu Mast MastMohra (1994)

Just before this song, a huge twist in the tale takes place in the film. The seemingly innocent blind man, Jindal (Naseeruddin Shah), reveals his true colours. He finally tells Roma (Raveena Tandon) that he literally lusts after her and wants her. Then Jindal kidnaps and drugs Roma, who breaks out into a sensual dance for him. He takes full advantage of the helpless heroine, who isn’t aware of what she is doing and why. This song was added in the film because of the popularity of its sister song Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast.

Aaare Pritam PyareRowdy Rathore (2012)

In recent times, this was the song that brought back the concept of villain item songs in a huge way. While some will argue and say that Munni Badnaam (Dabangg) is the better contender, I beg to differ. This song from the 2012 blockbuster has all the ingredients that makes it a perfect item song for villains. Three hot chicks, foot tapping music and a raw sensuality that Munni lacked. Plus just look at the baddies in this song. Especially Munna (Amit Kumar Tiwari), who has a ball with the trio. Oh and don’t miss the main villain of the film Baapji (Nassar) enjoying the song while having his hookah. That after this song, Munna gets killed by the hero (Akshay Kumar) is another ball game altogether.

UP Bihar LootneShool (1999)

In order to irritate Inspector Samar Pratap Singh (Manoj Bajpai), Bachhu Yadav (Sayaji Shinde) organizes his own marriage anniversary and arranges a folk-dance by hiring a beautiful dancer (Shilpa Shetty). As the item girl dances and all the goons present have the time of their lives, Bachhu’s poor wife (Ananya Khare) is too numb to react to her husband openly flirting with another woman. Towards the end of the song, the cop lands up at the party due to the loud noise late at night. Since the baddies don't have the required permission that is essential for operating loudspeakers, he seizes the entire music system.

Mujhko Ranaji Maaf KarnaKaran Arjun (1995)

After Karan-Arjun (Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan) are reborn and they return to their village to avenge their brutal death from Thakur Durjan Singh (Amrish Puri), they plan to steal weapons from his hideout with the help of the villagers. And how will they get entry into the hideout? Simple, they organise a party with girls, girls and more girls and booze as well. The main dancer (Mamta Kulkarni, who is Karan’s love interest), dances sensuously to a double meaning song. Pleading her innocence to an older woman, she very smarty sings Mujhko Ranajo Maaf Karna, much to the excitement of the Thakur, who is also known as Ranaji. And yes, Thakur’s expressions in this song are priceless! Towards the end of the song, as the heroes successfully carry out their secret mission, all the baddies sing and dance along and make merry, unaware that their weapons are gone. PS: you will also notice Johnny Lever dressed up as a woman in this one.

Yamma YammaShaan (1980)

When the goons of the very evil Shakaal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) kidnap Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi's (Shashi Kapoor) bhabhi (Rakhee) along with her young daughter, the duo along with their gang of girls Sunita (Parveen Babi), Renu (Bindiya Goswami) and Renu's uncle (Johnny Walker) perform a dance item for the bad man. While the group keeps Shakaal and his men engrossed, Rakesh (Shatrughan Sinha) enters the hideout in search of the captives. No prizes for guessing that as soon as the song ends, the climax of the film begins.

MashukaAaj Ka Arjun (1990)

When Thakur Bhupendra Singh (Amrish Puri) decides to have a jashn (party), who can stop him? His mansion is fully decorated and the heroine (Jaya Prada) in disguise of an item girl, along with several background dancers, entertains him and dances for him. All this while, the hero Bheema (Amitabh Bachchan) secretly enters the heavily guarded mansion. Towards the end of the song, our baddie is quite high on a few pegs and the beauty of the actress. She of course goes away just the way she had entered and the hero succeeds in his plan.

Special Mention: Choli Ke PeecheKhal Nayak (1993)

Once termed as the most controversial song ever in Bollywood, this is the mother of all villain item songs. Picture this: in order to catch a wanted criminal on the run – Ballu (Sanjay Dutt), a lady cop Ganga (Madhuri Dixit, super sexy and sensuous) goes undercover as a dancer and after dancing at several get-togethers finally gets to perform in front of the man himself. And what a dance performance! Ballu, who is obviously enjoying himself to the hilt in this one, falls hook line and sinker to the beautiful ‘bait’. Mission accomplished!

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Noorulain Sayed is obsessed with cinema. It would not be wrong to say that cinema is her first love. Through her articles, she likes to share her vast knowledge with many people and hopes more and more people will get enlightened with the magic that is cinema. Movies and movie stars have a special place in her heart and she hopes to continue her love affair with cinema forever.

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