After roping in the likes of actors Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Abhishek Bachchan in special appearances, The Shaukeens has also got actor Aamir Khan on board – but in an innovative way.
After seeing the rushes of the film, Aamir Khan agreed to let makers of the upcoming flick use a track from his own production, because he found the scene "very funny" and befitting of the song.
"Abhishek (Sharma, director) wanted the track Saigal Blues from Delhi Belly (2011) to be played in the background when the three protagonists (Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra) are being introduced in the film. When Akshay saw the song placement, he too, felt that it fits the scene perfectly," says producer Ashwin Varde, and so it was decided that the rights for it would be obtained from the concerned music company.
However, once the formalities of obtaining the song were complete, the makers were informed that the final nod of approval would be given by none other than Aamir himself, as he was the producer of Delhi Belly. "We were told that Aamir wants to see the entire scene where the song had been placed. I thought that was commendable. Such commitment towards one’s work is unheard of," says Sharma, who has directed Tere Bin Laden before this.
Unfortunately, Aamir was travelling at that time. But the day he arrived in Mumbai, he asked to be shown the scene, realising that the makers were running against a steep deadline. Varde shares, "It was at some ungodly hour in the night that Aamir saw the scene, and he approved it immediately."
And the actor left The Shaukeens’ team smiling when he told them that he found the scene hilarious. "He told me, ‘I saw the scene and it’s very funny’. That means a lot, coming from someone like Aamir," smiles Varde.
The Shaukeens, produced by Murad Khetani, Cape Of Good Films and Ashwin Varde, releases on November 7.