Fifty-eight days…. That’s all it took for Farah Khan to wrap up her third film as director. And she brought the curtains down on Tees Maar Khan with a special item number starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan, shot at Goregaon’s Film City.
“The idea of roping in Salman for a special appearance came from the media. They kept writing about it, so finally, I suggested we oblige. And Salman agreed without a second’s hesitation,” says Farah, insisting there were no cold vibes between Katrina and him during the shoot. “They were very chilled out and no different from how they had been five years ago.”
The song has Akshay and Salman fighting over Katrina, but the duo was like a pair of schoolboys let loose on a night out. They took off with each other and in the middle of a shot, suddenly, whipped off their scarves and broke into Salman’s trademark ‘towel’ dance from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) that Farah had choreographed too. And ended with them flinging their scarves at Katrina.
The qawwali, Walla, walla... has Katrina in a coy Pakeezah-style avatar. Earlier, for her introductory song, Sheila ki jawaani…, Farah had put the actor through rigorous belly dance rehearsals for two weeks, then given her a sexy makeover with six costume changes of half saris and knotted cholis.
“Since Katrina is playing an item girl and a wannabe movie star, it was the right beginning for her and the song was picturised over five days with Moulin Rouge-like aerial shots. Sheila ki jawaani… will be as big a craze as six-pack SRK’s Dard-e-disco… was” promises Farah.
But Katrina says that it will be a bigger hit than Munni badnaam hui… “She was misquoted,” retorts Farah, who’s choreographed the Dabangg chartbuster that completed her hattrick of hits with Malaika Arora Khan after Chhaiya chhaiya... and Kaal dhamaal… “I’m thrilled for Arbaaz (Khan), Malaika and Salman that Munni… is such a rage, I’d never try to be one-up on my friends.”
The sensual Sheila is all covered up in the qawwali and Farah insists she’s still hot. “The song is a favourite with one of my daughters, the other adores Sheila ki jawaani… My son is hooked on the James Bond-like title track that his dad (co-producer Shrish Kunder) composed,” she smiles. “If you want to see my babies, see Tees Maar Khan, they appear in the end credits. They’re already saying, ‘Action’ and ‘Cut’. By the time they’re six, they will be making their own movies.”
Tees Maar Khan is 2010’s big Christmas attraction. “Aamir’s (Khan) last three hits, Taare Zameen Par (2007), Ghajini (2008) and 3 Idiots (2009), opened in December. I thank him for leaving this Christmas for me,” says Farah, who’s now looking forward to waking up late. “I’d envy Shirish when I was rushing out at 6 am. Now, with two films as director, Kick and Joker, it’s his turn to wake up early. I’ll laze in bed till 9, then play producer on the sets.”