If Katrina Kaif thought she was the only one who took B-town by surprise with her item song “Sheila Ki Jawani”, she has another guess coming. IANS reports that the voluptuous Sonakshi Sinha will be seen dancing to the tunes of “Go Go Govinda” for Akshay Kumar’s home production Oh My God, directed by Umesh Shukla. While she is making a special appearance for the song, she is not a part of the film, Akshay clarified.
Dancer and choreographer Prabhu Deva will also be dancing alongside Sonakshi in her first ever item song.
“Sonakshi and Prabhu sir are not in Oh My God. They are doing a short cameo role in the film,” Akshay revealed at the DVD launch of his recent film Rowdy Rathore.
The 15-second trailer of “Go Go Govinda” shows Sonakshi and Prabhu dancing amongst bright colours and festivities at the Janmashtami festival — the birth anniversary of Krishna that is celebrated all over India. Far from the pin thin and toned ladies that are usually cast for these numbers, curvy Sonakshi dons a pair of faded jeans and crop top for the song.
Earlier, the actor had admitted that she is not bold enough to do an item number, but said she wouldn’t mind doing one if it was “presented in a right manner”.
“I haven’t been offered any item number till now. If there is a good song, I am convinced enough and I am presented in a right way, then why not,” Sonakshi said at a promo event for her film Rowdy Rathore. In another interview, Sonakshi went on to defend her point of view: “There’s a thin line between a normal film song and an item song. But I am open to doing item numbers if it matches my sensibilities and personality.”
Rumour has it that Sonakshi’s decision to do the item number came after Chitrangada Singh was given rustic item number “Kaafirana” in Sonakshi’s film Joker. “Somehow Shirish did not want Sonakshi because she has just returned from America to the village and it would have looked odd to show her suddenly dancing to an item song,” director Farah told UTV Star, explaining that her director husband Shirish Kunder did not find it logical to show a US-returned Sonakshi Sinha turning rustic overnight.
An insider told Times of India that “Katrina did the item number in Tees Maar Khan, being the lead heroine of the film. Sona too wanted to do the item song in Joker. But when Chitrangada got to do it, she was extremely upset. Like Kat became Sheila overnight after ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’, Sona had similar expectations. Getting another actor for the item song didn’t go down too well with her.”
It was at this point that Akshay Kumar, her Joker co-star, pacified her by offering her the item song in his home production Oh My God.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2012.