It's all about the birds in Barfi!

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Aug 24, 2012 15:25 IST
  • Ranbir Kapoor

    Ranbir Kapoor's fans gathered in large numbers as the news of his shooting at Darjeeling railway station spread like wild fire. Here's a glimpse at ...

  • Ranbir

    Ranbir plays a person with hearing and speech disability in Barfee. (HT Photo: Suman Baraily)

  • Barfee

    He was accompanied by Ileana D'Cruz and Rupa Ganguly for the shoot. (HT Photo: Suman Baraily)

  • Ranbir Kapoor

    Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu are thoroughly enjoying shooting at the hill station. (HT Photo: Suman Baraily)

  • Barfee

    The shooting will be on in Darjeeling Hills tentatively till June 21. (HT Photo: Suman Baraily)

  • Priyanka Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra also stars in the film. (HT Photo: Suman Baraily)

The Ala Barfi track from upcoming Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer has been garnering quite a bit of attention.

And Ranbir’s panchee (bird) step in the video too has gained popularity. Few know that the step has a story of it’s own.

Director Anurag Basu reveals, “One of the members of our unit, Sikander, would do this particular step whenever he got drunk. It’s become very popular with the cast and crew because this is the only step he does. Funnily enough, he goes on for an hour or so sometimes.

The cast of Barfi!

How did it make it to the song then?

“The night before we started shooting for ‘Ala Barfi’, there was a party in my room, so everyone was there and in high spirits. Sikander started doing this step and everyone burst into laughter,” narrates Anurag.

“So the day we started shooting, Ranbir was supposed to dance in a wedding procession and we were wondering what step to put. That’s when Ranbir came up to me and said, ‘Dada, we should use the step Sikander does. It will look fabulous.’ And that’s how we got this idea.”

After they zeroed in on the step, they decided to let the unit member choreograph it himself.

Anurag says, “He was a little shy and conscious to do the step in front of us, but eventually we made him do it. Finally, once he showed it to us, we started filming it.”


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