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Urmila Matondkar was first and only choice for Blackmail song Bewafa Beauty: Abhinay Deo

Abhinav Deo wants it made very clear that Urmila Matondkar did not accept his offer for the cheap-thrill moment. “There is an actual reason why she is there dancing,” he says.

bollywood Updated: Mar 26, 2018 14:17 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Urmila Matondkar in her comeback song, Bewafa Beauty, from Irrfan Khan’s Blacvmail.

Filmmaker Abhinay Deo, who roped in Urmila Matondkar for a special song in his upcoming film Blackmail, has said the 90s diva was the only choice for Bewafa Beauty, the song, since the beginning and he didn’t have to try hard to convince her for it.

“You know, I didn’t have to convince her at all. I just narrated what the situation is, and she said ‘yes’. I heaved a sigh of relief. She was my first and only choice. Yes, she knows me and my parents (veteran actors Ramesh and Seema Deo) for years. So we are family friends. I guess there’s an implicit trust between us. She knew I wouldn’t offer her what is commonly known as an item song,” he said.

Deo wants it made very clear that Urmila is not in this for the cheap-thrill moment. “There is an actual reason why she is there dancing. Of course it is a bar dance, so there is a certain level of cheesiness to the aura.”

But Urmila remains forever classy. “Of course. When we had this special song-and-dance number ‘Bewafa beauty’, we thought of only Urmila. She brings so much gravitas and gorgeousness to the song. And the number ‘Bewafa beauty’ actually narrates the entire plot of the film. So, we needed someone who could be a blend of the serious and saucy. Urmila fitted the bill perfectly. I am so glad she agreed to be part of our film,” Deo said.

With his leading man Irrfan Khan indisposed, Deo is promoting the film all by himself. “We all miss Irrfan at the promotional events. And since he was the face of our film, we are a bit lost. But nothing is important than his health.”

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First Published: Mar 26, 2018 14:17 IST