Tees Maar Khan has just wrapped up its first schedule and director Farah Khan is ecstatic. "In just a month’s time, we’ve wrapped up 50 per cent of the film," she says. "It’s amazing how much work we packed into every day." The highpoint of the shoot at Malshej Ghat, she asserts, was a dance number picturised on Katrina Kaif who made a pretty picture in a ghagra-choli.
The song is a typically Indian, gloriously uninhibited number, reminiscent of Madhuri Dixit’s Dhak dhak chartbusters. Kaif rehearsed for it for 10 days and by the time she came to the sets she could do the steps with her eyes shut. “As soon as she arrived, everyone was galvanised. From the actors to the assistant directors, the guys were clamouring to blow the fan that would send her hair flying and operate the rain machine,” Khan recalls with a laugh.
East meets West
Her costume has been designed by Akki Narula and Khan points out that given that it’s a very goan ki gori (village belle) kind of a song, they settled on a ghagra-choli look with a twist. “The choli is sequinned and the hairstyle western,” she points out. At the wrap up party that Khan hosted recently at her residence after the three-week shoot, the song once again captured everyone’s imagination. Shrish (editor-producer-husband Shirsh Kunder) had edited the song by then.
And Khan’s guests, besides the cast and crew, included her brother Sajid (Khan) and his Housefull actor Ritesih (Deshmukh) who had come straight from a promotional activity for the film, took turns going into her bedroom to watch the song.
Pay up please
“It must have been played and re-played at least 10 times if not more. Finally, I had to threaten that I was going to charge anyone who entered my bedroom to watch the song,” she chuckles, adding that her heroine has been getting the maximum compliments, many of them for this sizzling number that’s expecting to top the charts before the year is out.
Incidentally, Katrina Kaif is the only actor whose ‘new look’ has been revealed so far. Akshy Kumar’s get-up is a closely guarded secret, as is his co-star Akshaye Khanna’s. All Khan will say about Khanna is that he is the “surprise packet of the film with long hair that makes him look like a cool Hollywood star”.