Shreya Ghoshal is one of Bollywood’s most sought after singers. However, so far, she’s sung really only one item number – Chikni Chameli from 2012’s ‘Agneepath’. The melody queen has revealed that she’s just not comfortable singing such songs.
“One aspect, of those who say that item numbers are distasteful, is right. I mean in a country like India, where women are not treated with respect, they are right in pointing out that item numbers only strengthen the stereotype,” said Ghoshal, according to Hindustan Times.
She added, “When that song came to me, there were a few antras (verses) that I had a problem with. I had requested the makers to change a few words, and only then I was able to sing it… Post Chikni Chameli, I got many requests from filmmakers to sing item numbers. But I just couldn’t agree to sing them, because I was not comfortable singing them”.
Ghoshal further added that she prefers sensuality in the songs she sings, “If a woman is sexy and one is calling her that sensually, then there is no problem. One has to draw a line. I don’t have a problem in singing sensual songs. See, I need to be comfortable while I am singing. If I am getting embarrassed by singing the words, or I can’t feel the song, then I can’t sing it”.
Ghoshal recently appeared on MTV Unplugged.
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