Silky Phoenix

Silk Smitha reigned as the 'original' item girl at a time when the 'item girl song' clutter was few and far in between, at least as compared to now. With the item girl phenomenon getting popular and stigma that it brought, vanishing, top bollywood actresses have turned 'item girls' to reinforce their sensuality. At times, it has worked.

Smitha on her part had appeared in over 200 films in less than ten years of her entry into the industry, opposite male stars ranging from Sivaji Ganesan to Rajnikanth to Kamal Hasan to Chiranjeevi, and in landmark films such as Balu Mahendra's Moonram Pirai (Sadma, in Hindi) and Bharathi Raja's Alaigal Oivathillai.

Eleven years after her tragic death, the original item girl is back, resurrected through the final movie that she acted in, Thangathamarai, never released before. What can be expected? The cash registers ringing, for sure!


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