Finally, Irrfan Khan is set to sway to Sunny Deol’s tunes. Paan Singh Tomar’s makers have chosen the hit song, Kero Mama... from the latter’s 1985 blockbuster, Arjun, to weave in their real-life story of dacoit Paan Singh Tomar. Other songs in the running were Dev Anand’s Main Zindagi Ka Saath... from Hum Dono (1961) and Zindagi Ka Safar... from Safar (1970).
“We have finally zeroed in on the final song. We have chosen Kero Mama... since it fits perfectly with the theme of our film. It portrays the anger and aggression of the protagonist. Also, it gels very well with our overall marketing campaign,” says Shikha Kapur, senior vice president marketing, UTV Motion Pictures, producer of the film.
Interestingly, Mohan, lead vocalist of Agnee, will sing the number. “We haven’t finalised the music director yet. The song will definitely be reworked. Since we have to do it quickly, everything will be done within a week,” says Kapur. In last year’s Shaitan too, one of Dev Anand’s Khoya Khoya Chand... had been picked up and re-recorded in the voice of Suman Shridhar. Another yesteryear hit, Hawa Hawai... from Mr India (1987) was redone by musician Mikey McCleary for the same film.
Although UTV has bought the rights of the song from original creators, Kapur refuses to reveal the amount the makers had to shell out for it. “I won’t be able to give you an exact figure. The important thing is that we are gung-ho about the song. The film is about a dacoit and Kero Mama... plays up the carefree nature of Irrfan’s character,” says Kapur.