Producer Vashu Bhagnani negotiated for months to get the rights of Korean singer Psy’s hit number Gangnam style for his Hindi film Rangrezz. But seeing his son Jackky’s performance in the film, the father feels it was all worth it. “It is finally worth it. I had a screening of Rangrezz for family and close friends on Sunday evening. Everyone loved it. I feel this film will take Jackky many steps ahead,” said Vashu Bhagnani. Buying off the rights of the original was not as easy as it seems.
The doting father that he is, Vashu had to negotiate intensely for the song’s desi rights for months. And though Vashu is not willing to reveal the amount paid for the remake rights, sources reveal that the enterprising father-producer paid approximately R5 crore to get the Gangnam style song for Jackky to dance to. The Bhagnanis were also not allowed to make any changes in the original song.
In fact, Psy first wanted to see Jackky’s dancing capability before he would pass on the song. Said a source: “I was very keen to get the song myself. Then I heard Vashuji was negotiating, and the price he was willing to pay way exceeded my budget. At that price, I could record three original Gangnam songs right here in India.”