After Road, I was offered item songs in big films like Khakee and The Rising. They were offering a lot of money, and it is difficult to say no to big money, but I declined.
I came to Mumbai when I was 20 years old and won the Gladrags award. I signed a two-year contract with them. That's when the Road item number happened. I treated it like a music video.
Then started producers started calling me for item songs. I thought why not do complete roles than just item numbers. So I took a break.
I am a trained dancer. I think it is a plus point for a heroine if she knows how to dance. Look at Madhuri Dixit and Shilpa Shetty. The audience expects song and dance from them.
It was a coincidence that I shot for Road. There is nothing wrong with an item number, but when a newcomer starts her career in Bollywood in an item number, she is labeled as an item girl. It becomes very difficult for her to convince producers and directors that she can act.
I am a trained actor, so I kept item songs on hold. If you are an established heroine, there is no problem with doing item songs. If Lara Dutta or Shilpa Shetty do an item number, no one will dare call them item girls! They will call them guest appearances!