Blog By fatema | 22-01-19
Koffee With Karan 6: Abhishek Bachchan Reveals Things He Hates About Wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Recently Karan Johar appeared in Anupama Chopra and when he was asked about the item songs he straight away said, he will pledge of never having any item numbers in his films because according to him item songs are meant specifically for women to be objectified and it is just for promoting the film and entice the male audience. He also added by saying the word item is also demeaning to women as it means to belittle a woman and make her sound attractive and many big and smaller banners use this as marketing and he won't do it.
Katrina Kaif who has done several Item songs such as Sheila Ki Jawani, Chikni Chameli and other songs and she did not agree with Karan and she reacted to his words by saying, "Oh, I didn't know that was said, but I feel very differently on the matter. I feel it's all down to the individual who is performing the song. Madonna, who I'm sure we all know of, I don't think she is feeling objectified. I don't think Beyonce who performs in a swimsuit on stage is feeling objectified. It's all about how you feel while you are performing that song. I can tell you, I never felt objectified in 'Chikni Chameli'. I enjoyed that song. I enjoyed the dance, I enjoyed what I was doing. I didn't even for a moment felt objectified or brought any kind of wrong eyes on me. Not at all...There are many times when people ask me for songs and there's no context to it."
"I won't do it, no matter how much I feel about dance. We don't need to characterize it that every song that a woman is celebrating herself and performing, that's not objectifying women. It all depends on the angle and lens it's being seen."
He added by saying," I have grown up singing to 'Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai, Ladki Hai Ya Chadi Hai' and I didn't even realize what those words are. Then you suddenly sing that song and you are like, 'Oh My God! This is so misogynistic'. And, it's absolutely ridiculous that we have done it and a lead actor like Aamir Khan had danced on that song. He himself, on my show, has actually said that 'I did this and I apologise like I wouldn't do it again'. We don't even think what these words are. Like I've no problem with brilliantly written and a beautiful song. Just the way how Gulzar saab wrote the songs of 'Omkara'. They are stunning! 'Zabaan Pe Lagaa, Lagaa Re, Namak Ishq Ka' - is beautiful. Even 'Bidi Jalaile'. It's the way you picturize a song like that. You've got to kind of make sure that you don't because eventually, we are a very impressionable medium."