Last week, John Abraham shot an important song for his upcoming film, Shootout At Wadala. Curiously, director Sanjay Gupta was missing from the sets. Reason: Sanjay was down with viral that week. So John and choreographer Ahmed Khan took charge and completed the song, ‘Ae Manya’, on their own.
“It’s an important song, since it establishes John’s character, but since Sanjay was unwell, he couldn’t make it. Ahmed and team had a clear brief from the director, so they directed the song themselves over the course of three nights. At the start of the shoot, Sanjay would brief Ahmed and the team, who would then execute it,” says an insider from the unit.
Although the makers and John remain tight-lipped, the insider describes it as a “chilled out song shot at night” with 1980s-style Jeeps and bikes used as props.
“The feel of the song is similar to ‘So gaya yeh jahaan’ from Tezaab (1988 Anil Kapoor starrer). This is a modern-day version of that song,” the insider says. The shoot took place around Marine Drive, Marine Lines and Ballard Pier in south Mumbai.
When contacted, Sanjay confirms, “I love to shoot my songs, so I was unhappy that the viral (fever) kept me down. But we couldn’t have cancelled the shoot because the bookings of the venues and actors’ dates.”
John, on his part, credits Ahmed for pulling it all off. “Usually, I can’t tolerate night shoots, but we enjoyed shooting this song over three-four nights. After ‘Naa Jaane’ (song from I, Me Aur Main; 2012), I feel Ahmed and I have an invisible telepathy when working together,” says the actor.