“Urfi Javed’s mother.”
Nia Sharma continues to promote her latest single ‘Phoonk Le’.
After making an appearance on Bigg Boss 15’s recent Weekend Ka Vaar episode, Nia introduced the song to the nation.
However, the actress’s recent promotional stunt for the item song has not gone down well with social media users.
Dressed in a cropped white shirt, black leggings and black heeled boots, Nia danced with rickshaw drivers in the streets of Mumbai.
As a video of the short dance performance went viral on social media, netizens couldn’t help but share their thoughts.
Some compared Nia Sharma to Urfi Javed.
One user wrote: “Urfi Javed’s mother.”
Another added: “She talks about women’s empowerment then releases songs like this.”
A third commented: “What is this comedy roadshow?”
Netizens also called the actress out for not wearing a mask, in line with Covid-19 safety measures, during her promotion for ‘Phoonk Le’.
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‘Phoonk Le’ itself has received backlash as many have claimed that the song ‘objectifies women’.
The dance sequence in the music video is set outside a liquor store, with Nia dancing around dozens of men.
When asked about the item song, Nia said: “It is controversial.
“It is contrasting for me to be doing something like that and then talking about objectification of women in songs.
“But, if you look at it in another way, this is an entertainment industry. This is what we churn out.”
The actress added: “If item songs were so bad, then Chaiyya Chaiyya wouldn’t have been made, Munni Badnaam Hui wouldn’t have been made, Sheila Ki Jawani wouldn’t have been made…
“I just looked at the discipline and effort behind these songs and not women being objectified.”
‘Phoonk Le’, which was released on January 10, 2022, is composed by Rangon and sung by Nikhita Gandhi.
In other news, Nia Sharma recently opened up about her body image struggles, revealing that at times, she stops eating to achieve a flat stomach.
Speaking with Siddharth Kannan, Nia stated that while she does not hate her body, she struggles with her body image.
She said: “I stopped eating, man.
“When I say I stopped eating, it’s not even about a diet. I would sleep hungry, I was waking up hungry, I would go to the gym hungry.
“I would not even feel hungry, because I had lost my appetite.
“I just wanted to go so hard into that song, look so on-point. And I did, I was just looking at my belly and I was like, ‘Look at that’.”
Nia Sharma added that she was “freaking out” and “shivering” before filming the music video for ‘Phoonk Le’.