‘Re­quested mak­ers to change lyrics in Chikni Chameli’

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She sang the pop­u­lar item num­ber Chikni Chameli — pic­turised on ac­tor Ka­t­rina Kaif — in the film Agneepath (2012), but singer Shreya Ghoshal (right) is not com­fort­able when it comes to singing provoca­tive dance songs.

The 32-year-old singer feels that In­dia is a coun­try with re­gres­sive mind­set when it comes to women, and adds that item num­bers only add fuel to the fire.

“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,” she says.

Shreya, re­veals she wasn’t com­fort­able when she was singing Chikini Chameli. “When that song came to me, there were a few antras (verses) that I had a prob­lem with and wasn’t com­fort­able singing. I had re­quested the mak­ers to change a few words, and only then I was able to sing it,” she ex­plains.

“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,” she adds.

How­ever, Shreya says that as long as the songs are writ­ten ‘sen­su­ally’, she has no prob­lems.

“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,” she says.

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