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Photo: Amrita Rao's hot item number

August 18, 2008 17:07 IST

Has Shyam Benegal been lured by the item song?

The legendary director of classics like Ankur, Nishant, Bhumika and Manthan will apparently feature Amrita Rao in what looks like an item number in his latest film, Welcome To Sajjanpur.

Initially titled Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur, the film also features Shreyas Talpade, playing a letter-writer in a village of uneducated people.

A set on Ramoji Studios in Hyderabad was converted into a small village called Sajjanpur. When the cast reported on the sets each day, they used to greet each other thus: "Welcome to Sajjanpur".

Talpade then suggested to Benegal that he consider renaming the film Welcome To Sajjanpur; the director agreed.

Amrita is said to feature in an item song, part of a dream sequence. Quite a change from the previous roles the demure lass has essayed and quite a change from Mr Benegal's films too!

Also Read: On the sets of Shyam Benegal's Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur