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Now, Abhishek Bachchan debuts in item number
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Abhishek Bachchan flew off to Singapore this week to dance to Vaibhavi Merchant's item number in Mahesh Manjrekar's "Rakht".
The number has been in the pipeline for two months now, with Abhishek choosing to remain tight-lipped about his first-ever item song.
"I'm not allowed to speak about it," he maintained till he flew off Tuesday.
But now it can be told.
The hush-hush song is actually the international rage "One Love" by the group Blues.
Revealing details, "Rakht" producer Suniel Shetty says: "We're doing a Hindi-English version of the song. We've taken permission to use the song, nothing unofficial about it. Because it's an international hit I couldn't think of anyone else but that baby of mine.
"It's a beautiful song and people will drool over it when they see Abhishek performing to it. According to me, he is the most happening youngster of this country. The track is all about style attitude and being cool.
"I could see only him do the song, that's why I approached him. I told him to hear the song and he fell for it. Now it's also (his mother) Jayaji's favourite song. Abhishek tells me she listens to it more than he does."
Incidentally, the Suniel Shetty-Abhishek Bachchan mutual fan club has been thriving for a while. If Shetty thinks Abhishek is his 'bachcha', the youngster reciprocates the compliment by calling him 'Anna'.
Self-conscious about his dancing skills, he agreed to do the item song in "Rakht" only because he couldn't say no to Shetty.
"One Love" would be the second recent international chartbuster to have been legitimately acquired by a Hindi filmmaker and suitably Indianised.
Earlier, Karan Johar took legal consent and paid copyright compensation to use Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" in "Kal Ho Naa Ho".
The days of R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri and Anu Malik's unauthorised adaptations of international pop hits are apparently nearing an end.
"They ought to," asserts Suniel Shetty.
"Creative vandalism isn't a decent option. It was very difficult to acquire the rights for 'One Love'. We approached the group through Virgin Records.
"I guess Blues wanted the 'One Love' mantra to spread all over the world. They realise the reach of Indian cinema. I got the opportunity and I grabbed it.
"Sixty percent of the song is the original. Shaan sang the Hindi bits. I know the song will be a rage. And Abhishek is the icing on the cake."
Ironically, even though a song in "Rakht" is being legitimately adapted, the film itself is an unauthorised remake of Sam Raimi's 2000 drama "The Gift". "Rakht" casts Bipasha Basu cast as a psychic with Dino Morea as a wife-beater.