Even an average film can mint money for producers thanks to a hit song. No wonder then that makers of Vidya Balan starrer, The Dirty Picture, have incorporated a famous Tamil track ‘Nakka mukka…’ from the blockbuster Kadhalil Vizunthen (2008) composed by Vijay Anthony and sung by Chinna Ponnu, in their film.
The move only makes it more apparent that the film is set against the backdrop of the South Indian film industry. Producers Balaji Motion Pictures acquired the rights of composer Vijay Anthony’s composition, after director Milan Luthria made the suggestion. The track will apparently be retained in its original format.
Luthria admits he found that the song was the best fit for their theme track, as it shows the rise and fall of an actress. The role, essayed by Balan, is supposedly based on the life of south siren Silk Smitha.
“For the story of a dancer, I wanted a theme song which was very rhythmic and sensual,” says Luthria, adding, “This one has a peculiar rhythm that’s quite sexy. Even the voice of the original singer is very raunchy. I had heard the track when we were shooting in Hyderabad, and liked the way the unit reacted to it. The song encapsulates her rise.”
Luthria adds that the number will be broken down and played at various intervals, saying, “I have used the song the same way I used Meter Down in Taxi No 9 2 11. It plays every time we see Vidya in a spirited mood.”
The song ‘Nakka mukka…’ is a rage down south, and has also been played at the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, held at Mirpur in Bangladesh, and later at the inaugural of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2011, held in Chennai.