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First Take | Watching Kajra Re First Day’s Shoot Was History Being Made

Kajra Re modified the lives of these concerned with the track. Alisha Chinai who was paid a paltry 15,000 rupees for it, by no means sang a much bigger hit. Shankar Mahadevan by no means composed a much bigger chartbuster. And Aishwarya Rai by no means danced to a extra massy sassy tune.

Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in a nonetheless from Bunty Aur Babli. YouTube

As the totally foolish sequel of the 2005 movie Bunty Aur Babli hits theatres this week, I couldn’t assist recall the movie’s USP, the merchandise track Kajra re kajra re composed by Shankar Mahadevan and sung by Alisha Chinai and Shankar. Kajra re created the sort of cinematic historical past that songs like Pyar kiya to darna kya (Mughal-e-Azam), Bindiya chamkegi (Do Raaste) and Jhumka gira re (Mere Saaya) had completed previous to Kajra re; no merchandise track has created the identical impression ever since.

I’m comfortable and proud to say I used to be a witness to the taking pictures of the Kajra re track. It was Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday in 2005 and I used to be in Mumbai.So I dropped in on the set with a cake. Abhishek and his father had been each taking pictures and so they steered I be a part of them on the set the place a ‘very special song’ was being shot with a ‘very special guest star’. They did not inform me who the visitor was, however father-son stored exchanging mischievous glances.

My curiosity was whetted. I went into the large set which represented a dance bar. Shaad Ali and choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant had been on the set. The track was taking part in within the background: Aankhen bhi kamaal karte hain/Personal se sawaal karte hain…

Then the particular visitor waltzed in with the daddy and son Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai (sans the Bachchan surname) seemed like a dream. I’ve all the time maintained she is much extra stunning in individual than on display screen. No digital camera can seize her laughing eyes and dancing lips. The means I noticed her dancing with papa and beta Bachchan that February afternoon(at the moment she was not associated to them) made everybody on the set gasp in wonderment.

I requested Shaad how the hell he made Gulzar Saab write lyrics like aankhen private sawaal karte hain. Shaad laughed. “He is as young as you want him to be . Do you like the song?”

I wasn’t positive. I informed Mr Bachchan I discovered the track a “a little dry.”

He laughed in my face and prophesied, “Do you want to bet, this would be the biggest chartbuster of my career. Much bigger than Mere angnein mein tumhara kya kaam hai.”

He was proper. It modified the lives of these concerned with the track. Alisha Chinai who was paid a paltry 15,000 rupees for it, by no means sang a much bigger hit. Shankar Mahadevan by no means composed a much bigger chartbuster. And Aishwarya Rai by no means danced to a extra massy sassy tune.

Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant informed me it stamped her profession.“Kajra re changed the course of my career. It’s become my signature tune and the steps are the signature steps that even random strangers ask me to perform for them. Bhaaaaaaago! But honestly, I don’t blame people for imitating those steps. After all, it had three of the biggest stars dancing together .Wow!”

Recalling the taking pictures of the track Vaibhavi mentioned, “The first day of shooting was Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday, so we started shooting very late. I had Aishwarya Rai on the bar-room set with me. Before I knew it she had mastered the steps, and she was rocking it!! Last, and certainly not the least, it was time to make the one-and-only Mr Amitabh Bachchan dance. And it was a treat to give him my steps to do. Mr Bachchan warned me. He told me I’d get into trouble for making him and Abhishek dance on the bar. Mr Bachchan felt Jaya Aunty won’t like father and son dancing in a den of drunkenness. Lekin aise mauke ‘bar-bar’ nahin aate, ha ha. I plunged into the challenge. And guess what? Jaya Aunty loved the song the most!”

Kajra re was really particular for Vaibhavi. “A once-in-a-lifetime expertise. I’ve a particular bonding with the Bunty Aur Babli director Shaad Ali. I find yourself doing a few of my most enjoyable songs with him. Like me, he’s really loopy! I keep in mind I used to be tense when Kajra re got here on within the theatre. How would audiences react to father and son dancing along with Aishwarya? When I noticed the viewers popping out of the theatre they had been doing the signature steps from Kajra re. I knew we had a winner on our palms. I’ve to carry out Kajra re at each present . And I find it irresistible.”

For Abhishek Bachchan, Bunty Aur Babli was like a picnic.”No, in fact, it was even better. All of us – dad, Rani and me – were getting paid for having fun. We should’ve paid them for giving us a chance to freak out, full-blast.”

“This was (director) Shaad Ali’s ode to the kitschy cinema of the 1960s and 70s. Kitsch will be very artistic whereas being entertaining. Bunty Aur Babli proves it.It’s a film that takes you on a journey. Bunty Aur Babli is concerning the goals and aspirations of those two characters Rakesh and Vimi who change into well-known as Bunty and Babli. This was escapist cinema at its finest. The common man and lady establish with Rani and me. We’re stifled by the surroundings that we’re born and introduced up in. Our efforts to interrupt away from the small-town surroundings will likely be understood by each member of the viewers.We all have dared to dream. But few dare to implement these goals. Bunty and Babli dare to do the outrageous and generally illegal. It’s a wish-fulfilment flick.We shot within the heartland of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. This is sort of dwelling floor for the Bachchans. We cherished mingling with the individuals in Uttar Pradesh. I had by no means been to that a part of the nation. Usually our movies have the protagonists based mostly within the large metropolis. ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ is about their journey. It’s a movie rooted to actuality and but it is a fantasy. Rani and I live out a dream. And each of us obtained to get into varied disguises. It was very thrilling to go on the units and get to play totally different individuals every single day.”

“Rani and I simply freaked out. Shaad was so properly ready, Rani and I simply needed to get there and do it. It’s all the time nice enjoyable taking pictures with Rani. She is an excellent pal and an exquisite co-star. Loads of the plot in ‘Bunty Aur Babli‘ is dependent upon the chemistry between our characters. During the narration, Shaad had burdened the compatibility issue between the actors. Having Rani on the opposite facet made it simple for me.”

Sorry, I simply don’t see the identical camaraderie between Rani and Saif. To change Abhishek with Saif is the sequel’s largest mistake. Come to think about it, the sequel is a mistake. Kajra re outlined the spirit of the unique Bunty Aur Babli. You can’t separate the track from the movie and get away with it. Bunty Aur Babli with out Kajra re is like Agra with out the Taj Mahal.

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