Neena Gupta Wore Heavily Padded Br-a For ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ After Subhash Ghai Said ‘Kuch Bharo’

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This is one of Bollywood’s most renowned and well-known item numbers. It’s a song that represents a turning point in Bollywood music. The song was picturized on Neena Gupta and Madhuri Dixit and was sung by Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik for Khal Nayak. Did you know that for the song, Gupta wore a massively padded br-a?

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Neena Gupta revealed an interesting tale from the film in her book, Sach Kahoon Toh: Meri Aatmkatha.
“I knew the music was catchy as soon as I heard it. However, when Subhash Ghai told me what my role would be, I became less enthusiastic. I enjoyed that my part was sung by my friend Ila Arun, with whom I had previously appeared in several films. But I was unable to complete the task.”

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She felt humiliated.

She said, “Explaining what transpired behind the scenes,” “They dressed me up as a tribal Gujarati and presented me to Subhash Ghai for approval. ‘No! No! No I was completely humiliated. He was referring to my choli, in my perspective, and saying that it needed to be filled. I knew it wasn’t anything personal. For the rendition, he had envisioned something… larger. That day, I didn’t shoot. But the next day, I was dressed differently and wore a br-a with a lot of padding, and he appeared satisfied. Subhash Ghai was a great filmmaker because he was so specific about what he desired.

Neena had previously spoken about working on the song with the late Saroj Khan.