The Item Issue
Share a journey with us on the history and future of the infamous Item number in Indian cinema. Ranging from courtesans, to the tawa'if culture of the 18th and 19th centuries to the cabaret to nautch girls, transgendered minorities, item girls to the path breaking Chaiyya Chaiyya to the classic wet sari sequence captured by Bharat Sikka's lens.

Item numbers refer to sexy song and dance routines that are usually shoehorned into films to which they have little to no relevance, but they're also ...
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