Aamir Khan is bemused by speculations in the media centered around his much-hyped Delhi Belly item song, ‘I hate you (Like I love you)…’
A section of the fourth estate insists that the dance track was thumbed down by Katrina Kaif, Malaika Arora Khan and Deepika Padukone, while others assert that it was shot two years ago and unveiled a week before the release as a crowd-pulling bonus.
Aamir just smiles away the rumours, insisting that the number was part of the script right from the first draft and the first scene of the movie has Disco Fighter up on a poster in the apartment that the three boys share. “That poster was clicked before we started filming so we could put it up on the wall. Yes, I did a photo shoot in the Disco Fighter get-up before we started shooting,” admits Aamir, pointing out that Arup (Vir Das) later in the story goes to see Return Of Disco Fighter, but is stood up by his girlfriend who has decided to marry an NRI. “The song is also alluded to by VJ Suhaya (Anushka) during an interview with Tashi and Menka (Imran Khan and Poorna) in the film. It was an integral part of the first draft and not a promotional gimmick.”
The Disco Fighter finally makes his appearance in the item song, right before the end credits roll. “Given that he was never a girl, there is no question of offering the song to Katrina, Deepika or Maliaka,” the item boy-producer points out.
Aamir has admitted to borrowing his get-up from all the on-screen disco kings of the 1980s, including Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Govinda and Jeetendra, with a pun on Anil Kapoor’s hairy chest that apparently hasn’t gone down well with the veteran actor. “Anil returned from Los Angeles last Tuesday and watched the movie the same evening. He tried calling me, but I was working all night and he couldn’t get through. I woke up to his missed calls the next day,” reminisces Aamir.
When he finally connected with Anil, he raved about how much he had loved Delhi Belly and his item song. “He told me that this was Aamir Khan Productions’ biggest property and wished that we had made it for a more global audience,” says an elated Aamir. Anil also turned up at Aamir’s party to celebrate the success of Delhi Belly and seemed in high spirits, even dancing a jig with the Disco Fighter. It remains to be seen if Aamir can rope him in for a special appearance in the Delhi Belly sequel, Disco Fighter, that is supposedly being developed by wife Kiran Rao with Aamir and the trio of Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Kapoor in the lead.