Koena: Dancer and designer
Koena Mitra started off with item numbers, but today it is her songs in her movies that are being talked about. The latest is the "Paisa paisa" track and the title track of her forthcoming film Apna Sapna Money Money. Before this was the "Saaqi Saaqi" in Musafir and "Ishq hai jootha" in Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena. In all cases, Mitra is known to participate in the design of the song.
She says her contribution to the songs includes “discussion with the designer on the look and outfit" for the song.
"For Paisa paisa, Remo wanted to do a black song, so I suggested that I wear a black and the Bling feature is the diamante tie. The designer then discussed it with the choreographer before we finalised things. However, I did request Remo to set up some fans to add to the mood with the hair flying, etc.,” she said.
The final outcome looks rather like Buttons by the Pussy Cat Dolls. But Mitra is unperturbed by reports of her songs being inspired by western videos.
“If the choreographer thinks I’ll do justice to the song and deliver, showcasing his work, then I take it as a compliment. It means the choreographer believes I can do justice to a number originally performed, for example, by Christina Aguilera.”
"Paisa paisa" was shot as a promotional music video with five actors, but it has become Mitra’s solo song.
"I play a struggling singer who is so obsessed with cutting her own album that she often dreams about it. That’s how the song fits into the film,” she explains.