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Even the South Africans were singing it

Cocktail’s newest track took many minds to make — and took Cape Town by storm.

bollywood Updated: May 23, 2012 16:35 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

"Tumhi Din Chade, Tumhi Din Dhale took us the longest to lock, of the eight tracks we composed for Cocktail. The melody came while we were jamming, but the words just weren’t falling into place. We made two tracks in between, but Pritam (composer) and I liked this sound and kept revisiting it,” recalls co-producer Dinesh Vijan talking about the song that will be unveiled this weekend.

Finally, it was Ashish Pandit, Pritam’s assistant, who came up with the words Tumhi ho bandhu, sakha tumhi that cracked it for them. Besides the trio, the brainstorming sessions that went on late into the night, included lyricist Irshad Kamil and singers Neeraj Sridhar and Kavita. Finally, the Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer got a summer anthem that celebrates friendship, and one that could be a worthy successor to the Agent Vinod’s hit, Pungi.

Director Homi Adajania was clear he didn’t want structured choreography for this holiday song, preferring to shoot it like a beach party, with a DJ playing between breaks to add to its casual vibe. Homi says, “Everyone had such a blast shooting in Cape Town, that soon the word spread and friends of the local crew were trickling into the sets to join the party. By the end of it, our new South African friends were singing the song without understanding a word of what was being said.”