'Bad Boy’ Mika Singh seems to be having a tough time wooing Koena Mitra and Tanushree Dutta. The trio along with Pakistani stand-up comedian Shakeel, are scheduled to perform at a New Year’s eve party at Hotel Sahara Star.
But the Bong beauties have made it very clear that they will not put up with any hanky-panky from the singer.. considering the storm he sparked off when he allegedly forced Rakhi Sawant into a liplock during his birthday bash.
Dutta and Mitra obviously don’t want to be caught unawares. They refused to pose with Mika for a photo-shoot during rehearsals recently. The story doesn’t end there. Our source says that the actresses who have been signed up for a 25-minute act each, were apprehensive when told that they would be on stage with Mika for the grand finale. They’ve reportedly demanded an assurance from the organisers that Mika be told specifically not to over-step the limits of decency so that they’ll be “safe”.
Vijay Singh, managing director of Made in India Films, the event management company that is hosting the show, admits that the girls had spoken to him about “security”.
“They want to be assured of their comfort zone and protection,” he elaborates. “But that’s understandable given their star status.”
So has Mika been spoken too?
<b1>“It’s a three-hour entertainment package,with the DJs taking over the console after 12.30 am. We want it to be a memorable night for both the guests and performers. Everyone should go home happy,” Singh says evasively.
Mika admitted that the girls had refused a photo-session with him. But he attributes it to an inadvertent misunderstanding.
“The shoot was scheduled for December 20 initially. But while Koena and Tanushree were free on that day I was busy. And when I had time off, they were busy. A couple of cancellations created the impression that I was playing hard-to get. I wasn’t but the fact remains that in Mumbai people will be coming to see Mika. At any show it’s the singers who are the real crowd pullers. Stars are on stage for barely 15 minutes while we keep the audience engaged for a good part of an hour,” he explains, pointing out that his is a 45-minute act.
Quiz him about Mitra and Dutta’s apprehensions about his bad behavior and he argues, “I’ve performed with Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherji and Twinkle Khanna. Have any of them complained about me? More recently, I was on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa for over two months. Did you hear my choreographer who’s a woman too, talking about any kind of harassment?”
Is he attracted to any of the girls? “What are you saying?” he laughs. “They’re simply my co-performers at an event.This may be a new show for them but I’ve been doing such shows for the last 10 years.”