For his home production LOVE AAJ KAL, Saif Ali Khan has done the impossible. Over and above appearing as a Sikh in one of the two roles that he enacts in the film, he has also appeared in the getup of Rock-n-Roll sensation Elvis Presley. He has done so for the promotional track 'Aahun Aahun' which has just been unveiled.
''It wasn't planned this way but things just fell in place. I was in conversation with Dolly Ahluwalia, the costume designer, and we were discussing about the retro outfits from the mid-60s. We were debating on how youngsters from that era would look up to their role models. There was just a one word answer that we got - Presley'', reveals Imtiaz who pronto got Saif on board to get into the costume.
The song is a twin celebration of sorts since it showcases Saif from both 60s as well as the current times. A true blue fusion piece that has various flavours of Punjabi, Hindi as well as English coming together not just lyrically but also musically, 'Aahun Aahun' features Sikh Saif singing in Punjabi while the current generation Saif croons in Hindi and English.
''That's the way the entire song was designed'', says Imtiaz, ''Even though 'Aahun Aahun' is a promotional song, we didn't want Saif to slip out of the character. This is the reason why we had different costumes, setting and dance moves designed for both.''
Soon, there was an idea born around showcasing both Saif in a dancing competition.
''Once we had the Elvis idea in place, the dance competition too fell in place. There is an elaborate sequence as a part of the song where Sikh Saif gets into the Elvis garb with his trademark white outfit. He challenges the modern day Saif in a dancing competition and the result is to see two Saif Ali Khans trying to be one up over another in the same frame'', details Imtiaz.