My recently released item song ‘Babli’ from the movie Kissebaaz got so much love from you all that I decided to take you all behind the scenes for a special sneak peek. Let’s get to know some of my secrets of shooting this special item number in this movie. I’m so grateful that you guys have given so much love to Babli and I can proudly say that I have one more super catchy dance song to my credit after Pani Pani, Balam Pichkari, Party Non Stop to name a few. While it is true that an item number is fun to shoot but it also takes a lot of hard work to make one, especially like Babli. The massive set was not an actual village as it seemed but a well designed set that was created with authentic props to make it look like one.
I feel lucky that I got to work with such a talented singer who has earlier lent her voice to Munni Badnaam, Fevicol and other huge hit Bollywood numbers. Her voice complimented me so well and we managed to make Babli what we imagined. We shot the song in the night, and it required me to switch between 3 different colourful blouses and lehengas which was challenging, I had to go on a strict diet for a week to get that flat tummy. But as an actor that’s what I’ve trained myself to do. I must say though, wearing Indian allowed me to embrace as well as connect to my Indian side flawlessly.
For my movie Nautanki Saala I got an opportunity to recreate Bollywood’s dance queen Madhuri Dixit’s evergreen song ‘Dhak Dhak’ which had a lot of Indian steps. Similarly when I shot for Babli I got to move to these Indian steps once again which also gave me a chance to connect with my Indian roots. I love dancing to Indian beats and being Half German Half Punjabi helped me keep up with the high energy levels. I still love and remember each and every step I learnt during the power-packed days of shooting, especially the hook step in the music video. If you guys have noticed there is a scene where I fall back on all the dancers. This particular scene made me a little nervous since it required me to fall back and it was a huge trust exercise for me. I dropped back with a smile on the outside, but on the inside, all I could think to myself was “Would they catch me?”. I had never done this before, it was both scary and exciting.
The song was shot a few years ago and took quite some time to release, but now ever since it is out, it is still as fresh and fun to watch. Babli song is one of the major highlights in the movie Kissebaaz and led to the climax of the movie. In the song, you see me in a very noticeable ‘R’ tattoo on my waist. The reason I got this….. Well, why don’t you watch the movie to find out? Hint… Its NOT the name of Pankaj Tripathi’s character in the movie. Lol 😛 I think I’m going to keep at least that a secret for you. So go watch it now and find out on your own! Waiting to hear your comments about Babli!