In 2012, a lot of item numbers or dance numbers hit the big screen. Naturally, a popular item number would come from a bit film. But for ‘Agneepath’, it was ‘Chikni Chameli’ that brought people to the theatres to see this remake from Karan Johar. As you know these days, Katrina Kaif seems to be the only heroine who can drag people to the theatres, irrespective of what movie is about and who’s opposite her. Let’s see who gets your vote as the most popular item song of 2012 in the Hindi Film Industry.
Best Item Song of Bollywood in 2012 Nominations
Agneepath – Chikni Chameli (Katrina Kaif)
The magic or impact that Katrina Kaif has on the audience is something else altogether. Karan Johar knew this when he asked her to make a special appearance in ‘Agneepath’ by performing ‘Chikni Chameli’. Supposedly this song was rejected by Kareena Kapoor, as claimed by her, before it was passed on to Katrina, who said “yes” at once. Many would say that the choreography was a bit overdone in this song, but I think Katrina knows well what her audience wants and she is willing to give it to them. Which brings us to ‘Chikni Chameli’ on this list.
Agent Vinod – Pungi (Saif Ali Khan)
Definitely one of the most favourite item songs of 2012, ‘Pungi’ from ‘Agent Vinod’ was a hit from the day the promo hit the screen and the internet. The only complaint from people was that this song should have been in the film, instead of appearing in the end credits.
Heroine – Halkat Jawani (Kareena Kapoor)
When ‘Halkat Jawani’ was announced, the makers of this film and Kareena Kapoor told the choreographer Ganesh that they wanted the song to be Spicier than ‘Chikni Chameli’. I don’t know if it was spicy of not, the song was less vulgar than the ‘Agneepath’ item song.
Dabangg 2 – Fevicol Se (Kareena Kapoor)
Housefull 2 – Anarkali Disco Chali (Malaika Arora Khan)
An item song list without Malaika Arora Khan is hard to think of. This year, she appeared in her friend’s Sajid Khan’s film ‘Housefull 2’ alongside all the heroes of the film. The song did rock the charts for a while when it was released, but does it deserve your vote?
Ishaqzaade – Chokra Jawaan Re (Gauhar Khan & Arjun Kapoor)
Arjun Kapoor’s first item song, as he himself said so, is this song in ‘Ishaqzaade’ featuring Gauhar Khan. Arjun gets to show off his dancing skills in this song, which bear a similarity to south Indian songs.
Aa Re Pritam Pyaare – Rowdy Rathore (Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan & Maryam Zakaria)
This song from ‘Rowdy Rathore’ is the only song of the year that features item girls instead of item stars. Featuring the winner of ‘Dance India Dance’ and two popular item girls, this song was really popular among the locals, thanks to its beat and dance moves.
Steal the night – Agent Vinod (Mallika Haydon)
One of the popular songs from ‘Agent Vinod’, this song introduces Mallika Haydon, who’s the sister of Lisa Haydon. Unfortunately though, this song was not as popular as ‘Pungi’.
Kaafirana – Joker (Chitraganda Singh)
What Shirish Kunder wanted ‘Joker’ to be, didn’t materialise for him. This song though did manage to become a favourite, but it didn’t really become that popular. Previously titled ‘I want to fakht you’, Akshay Kumar decided to rope in his co-star from ‘Desi Boyz’ to perform this song in this film.
Dreamum Wakepum – Aiyyaa (Prithviraj & Rani Mukerjee)
One of the most hip songs of 2012, this song brought Rani Mukherjee back into the limelight after she disappeared for some time. It also introduced Prithviraj to the Hindi-speaking audience.
Po Po – Son Of Sardaar (Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan & Sanjay Dutt)
When you hear this song, you actually wonder whether lyricists have lost all of their creativity. True dat, but this one did manage to get a little popular, thanks to the Salman Khan fans, who love everything the man does.