Director flags off project with a retro recording session in the city today
Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala remake, or “rewrite” as he puts it, rolls this August. But he will flag off the film with an old-school recording of the chartbuster Taaki o taaki, from the original, today at noon. Actor Ajay Devgn, producer Vashu Bhagnani and composers Sajid-Wajid will be present at Sahara Studio, Andheri, for the event. “Bappi Lahiri, who composed the original (soundtrack) is out of town. But we have his blessings.
It’s the same song sung in Sajid-Wajid style by Mika and Shreya Ghoshal. They are accompanied by a live, 100-musician orchestra, which was Vashuji’s idea,” says Sajid. This method of recording with live orchestras faded away with the ’80s. Today, songs are recorded in small rooms with the singers, the composer, a few technicians and sometimes some musicians.
“We’ll recreate the magic with a one-take recording. The musicians have been rehearsing,” says Sajid, who will bring one of his all-time favourite movies back to the theatres after 30 years. According to him, the seven-year period between ’77 and ’84, was the glorious era for Hindi cinema. Himmatwala (1983) wasn’t great cinema, but it started the trend of ‘matka’ dances, thunder thighs and the South invasion.
I make films for the audience. And I promise you, my Himmatwala will earn R100 cr in its first week and be among the top three grossers of all time,” he says. Even after officially buying the rights to the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer, he has made many changes to the film: “For me Sridevi’s Himmatwala is about heroism. I’ll present Ajay Devgn in a never-before seen avatar, dancing to ‘Nainon mein sapna’ to my sister Farah Khan’s choreography.”