Anees Bazmee will shoot an item number with Akshay Kumar and Mallika Sherawat for Thank You, for which he stole Sherawat from Indra Kumar who was filming intricate group shots with her for Double Dhamaal.
“We needed her for five days. Indra was sporting enough to let Mallika out,” says Bazmee, admitting that ‘Razia gundon mein phans gayi’ was an after-thought that created date problems. “We had a situation for the song but until recently we had no song. When Pritam came up with the song, we thought of Mallika Sherawat. I’ve worked with her in Welcome. We had a good working relationship. She was supposed to do an item song for Welcome which Malaika Arora Khan had done.”
The song was apparently called Sheila gundon mein phans gayi. But Kumar put his foot down. And Sheila... became Razia....
According to a source, Indra Kumar wanted to turn Bazmee’s request down: “He had combined dates from the cast, and they were shooting at Karjat. But since Anees and Akshay were adamant, Indra didn’t have a choice.” Indra Kumar adjusted her shots in the group scenes, so she could be away for five days.