Be it with her sexy desi girl moves in Dostana (2008) or more recently in Agneepath, Priyanka Chopra has proved that she can dance. But while she has danced in her own films, she’s never really done an item number. Until now.
Priyanka is now confirmed for an item song for Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala (SAW), starring John Abraham. Priyanka and John will revisit a classic Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha song: the yesteryear hit Salaam-E-Ishq from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978).
The song will see Priyanka reprising Rekha’s bit from the original song, while John emulates Amitabh. “Don’t be surprised if the item number reminds you of Bachchan and Rekha’s yesteryear hit,” says an insider from the unit. In the song, John will also reprise the Jumma chumma de de song from Hum (1991). The insider adds, “The Jumma chumma portion will have a different setting — a kotha and not a dockyard.”
The song will be shot in January. “Sanjay and Ekta (Kapoor, producer) are keeping things under wraps. They haven’t decided on the choreographer yet,” says the insider. “The number will merge mujra with tapori dance, like Bachchan’s moves in Hum. We will also see traces of Apni toh jaise taise from Laawaris (1981).” Bipasha Basu was earlier supposed to do the item number, but Priyanka is now confirmed to replace her (John was apparently not comfortable dancing with his ex-girlfriend). PC and John, however, share a good relationship, having worked together in Karam (2005), Dostana and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011). “Before agreeing to do the song, Priyanka watched the film and was impressed by it,” adds the insider.
Although PC says that “till now” she’s not doing any (item) song, sources insist she has agreed in principle but will hear the final version of the song next week.
Gupta remained unavailable for a comment.
Ekta favours Priyanka?
A few days back, Ekta Kapoor said she was very impressed with Priyanka’s “professionalism and hardworking nature” at an award function. Ekta had told her, “We will work together the moment I have a role for you.”
Later, it was announced that Priyanka is doing the Ekta-produced Tigmanshu Dhulia-directed Milan Talkies. And now, we hear that the producer has been instrumental in roping Priyanka in for the item number in SAW. “Ekta wanted an A-list star for the song. And since both of them are very close, Ekta offered the song to Priyanka, who has more or less said yes,” says an insider. On being contacted, the producer told us to “wait and watch”.