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Himesh, Ramu, T-Series and 'Mehbooba'!
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
The 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' song from SHOLAY, remixed by music composer Himesh Reshammiya, was picturised on the two sets at the Mehboob studios on May 31 and June 1, for Himesh's AAP KA SURROOR. It was choreographed by Saroj Khan. The song had actually been recorded by Himesh for RAM GOPAL VARMA KE SHOLAY ( or is it AJGAR?), as we had told you earlier. Unfortunately, Ramu decided to use another song in place of Himesh's 'tribute' to the late RD Burman (Panchamda).
What may come as a surprise to many is the fact that it was on the suggestion of T-Series head honcho, Bhushan Kumar, that 'Mehbooba' has become a part of Himesh's AAP KAA SURROOR. Since T-Series also holds the music rights of RAM GOPAL VARMA KE SHOLAY, Bhushan had heard Himesh's 'Mehbooba' remixed version and had loved it. He was quite sad when Varma chose to replace the song, even before picturising it. That is when he came up with the idea of including the number in AAP KA SURROOR. Himesh jumped at Bhushan’s suggestion and also used it as a bait to get Mallika Sherawat to act in the film.
Every actor/actress likes to have a potentially hit song picturised on him/her for obvious reasons. Such a dance number also comes handy for stage shows which stars participate in. More the number of hit dancing songs an artist has, higher the price he/she can command for a stage show.