Maya Ali says ‘item numbers’ are meant to entertain


Much has been said and done about the presence of item songs in films. Just recently, Mehwish Hayat was heavily critcised for her item song ‘Gangster Guriya‘ in the film Baaji. However, Mehwish paid no heed to the criticism and responded saying that the song made her feel empowered. On the other hand, Hamza Ali Abbasi has been pretty vocal about his dislike towards item songs and recently even schooled a teenage girl for performing on one during the talent show he is judging.

Maya Ali, whose upcoming film, Parey Hut Love, will be hitting the theatres soon, remarked that songs are meant to entertain and one can give them any name they want.

Speaking on Waseem Badami’s show, Maya said, “When you go to watch a film, you want to be entertained, you want to enjoy. The songs are there in the film to entertain you and you can give them any name you want: item numbers, dance numbers or shaadi numbers.”

Though she agrees that the term has been imported from India, she says that old Pakistani films have songs which make you want to get up and dance. She added that end of the day, a song is just meant to entertain. And that’s what audiences come to the cinema for.

On item songs, which involve special appearances, Maya said that they are just like any other guest appearance and the only difference is that they involve a song and dance. She also asserted that those special songs are connected to the film’s plot.

When Waseem showed Maya a clip of Hamza criticising item songs, she said that everyone is free to have their opinion. She stuck to her initial argument that songs are just meant to entertain and that a song is a song.

Meanwhile, Shehryar Munawar said that the term and idea of item songs did not come from films, instead, it came from shows and stage dramas. He said it is wrong to label item numbers as item numbers because they are something completely different. Sheheryar said that if the film’s script “requires”, then there is no harm in having such songs in the film.

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