Friday, July 18, 2008

I didn't mind spending Rs 2 crores

When Snoop dog decided to do a rap-romp with Akshay Kumar he didn't know what he was getting into.

And though it was contractually decided that Snoop Dog would be using his own crew and clothes for the shooting, within no time at all Akshay had the rapper eating Indian food and wearing desi clothes.

Laughs producer Vipul Shah, "We finally shot the song in Chicago. It's true the contract said everything in the shoot including the clothes were to be done by Snoop Dog's crew.

But Akshay decided to shop for his own clothes. And he persuaded Snoop Dog to accompany him. They bought themselves a sherwani and a pugdi each. Plus a whole lot of accessories that you'll see them sporting in the song.

Akshay persuaded Snoop to dress up like a Sardarji for the song. The rapper sportingly agreed although he's known to never go beyond his contract."

Apparently Akshay and Snoop's shopping spree cost Vipul a bomb. "Well, it's not easy to shop for sherwanis and pugdis in Chicago. They ran up a bill of 10, 000 US dollars.

To his credit, Akshay paid his own share and told me he'd use all the stuff he had bought beyond my film. In fact Akshay bought a golden jacket that you'll see in all the hoardings at his own cost.

But yes, I did have to foot Snoop Dog's shopping bill of approximately 5, 000 dollars. But I didn't mind the cost. Because Akshay managed to do the impossible.

He got an international artiste seriously interested in Bollywood and the Indian entertainment industry. Now Snoop Dog will be visiting India for further collaborations." The whole music video cost Vipul Rs 2 crores.

Snoop Dog with whom Akshay Kumar sang and danced for a music video on July 7 and 8 will be coming to India very shortly, on Akshay's invitation.

The two hit it off instantaneously and have forged bond that goes beyond the requirements of the music video.

Informs Vipul, "It was truly heartwarming to see the camaraderie between them. They not only danced together but also sang together. I'd say this Snoop Dog-Akshay number is truly international in quality.

Snoop is from LA, RDB who mixed the song are from London and Pritam Chakbraborty who did the music score of Singh Is Kinng fine-tuned the track in Mumbai. In fact I'm truly grateful to Pritam.

Although I broke my contract with him by bringing another composer into the soundtrack, Pritam sportingly suggested changes which I've incorporated into the Snoop Dog track."

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